Illinois State Law Work Permit Requirements
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New Requirements for Children Working in the Entertainment Industry
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The Illinois Department of Labor is now allowing permit requests to be processed via email as of May 7th, 2021.
** The original social security card and birth certificate must be presented, a copy is not acceptable.
15 and under
- Letter of intent: A statement of intention to employ signed by the prospective employer, stating nature of work and approximate hours and number of days minor shall be employed each week. The letter of intent should be on company letterhead and must include address, phone number, and name of a supervisor.
- Evidence of age: **Original Birth Certificate, or a certificate of baptism.
- A statement of physical fitness signed by a physician certifying that the minor is fit to perform the job in question. Physical must be dated within the past year.
- **Original Social Security Card. ( A verification letter from Social Security can be used in lieu of the card.)
- Child must be present.
- Parent/Guardian must present a valid state issued ID or driver's license.
- Include contact phone number for parent or legal guardian.
- Principal's Statement To Issuing Officer form AAA Principal’s Statement To Issuing Officer.pdf
- For all children working in the entertainment industry, the parent needs to have confirmation on bank stationary that they have established a trust fund in the minors name before they can have an approved employment certificate.
Children under 14 may only work the following types of jobs:
- Umpire or referee sporting events.
- Performing in theatrical, motion picture, or broadcast productions.
Child Labor Law Compliance Website