How does a minor obtain a work permit in the state of California?


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A minor can obtain a work permit from his school, or if school is not in session, from the school district superintendent. The California employer completes a California Department of Education form, Statement of Intent to Employ Minor and Request Work Permit. The employer, the minor and his guardian or parent must sign the form before giving it to the school for approval. If the school approves the form, the school issues the work permit.

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Entertainment work permits are slightly different from regular work permits. Minors between the ages of 15 and 18 must have permits to work in the entertainment industry, and employers must also have permits. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement issues entertainment work permits. Even noncommercial entertainment requires an entertainment work permit, as of 2015. The entertainment work permit is valid for six months.

California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement publishes detailed information regarding employing minors, school attendance, working age requirements, hours and wages. All minors in California obtain permits in order to work.

A 10 Day Temporary Entertainment Work Permit is available online. To get a temporary entertainment work permit, minors must be under 16 years old, must not have applied for a standard entertainment work permit, and must not have previously applied for a temporary work permit.

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