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Work Permits for Students

Information to assist local education agencies in the issuance of work permits for California students.

Many students enter the world of work as minors (under 18 years of age). Students work for a wide variety of reasons—to earn income, gain on-the-job experience, or connect what they are learning in the classroom to the real world.

Minors employed in the state of California must have a Permit to Employ and Work (commonly referred to as a “work permit”). Work permits are typically issued by the school where the student is enrolled. Work permits indicate the location of the employer as well as the number of hours a minor may work.

California Work Permit

  • Statement of Intent to Employ a Minor and Request for a Work Permit-Certificate of Age CDE Form B1-1 (DOC)
  • Permit to Employ and Work CDE Form B1-4 (DOC)
  • Request for Volunteer/Unpaid Trainee Authorization for Minors CDE Form B1-6 (DOC)
  • Statement of Intent for Self-Certification for Permit to Employ and Work CDE Form B1-8 (DOC)

Note: Translated forms are available on the California Department of Education Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents Web page.


Questions: Erle Hall | | 916-323-2564 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 12, 2017
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