Work Permit Procedures
How do I get a Work Permit?
Download a copy of our Work Permit Procedures Checklist.
Some Important Labor laws Relating to Minors
- Every minor must have a valid Work Permit.
- All employers must provide Worker's Compensation Insurance even for
relatives and/or children of the employer.
- Minors may not drive a motor vehicle as part of their job duties.
- Minors may not begin work before 5:00 a.m. or work after 10:00 p.m. on
a day preceding a school day.
- A minor may not work more than 8 hours per day under any
- Violators of Labor Laws are subjected to intervention by the Labor
Commission and a possible heavy fine.
Entertainment Industry Work Permits
Parent/Guardian Information and Instructions
Note: The work permits for students to work in the entertainment industry are issued by the Division of Labor and Standards Enforcement (DLSE) Office, not by Fontana Unified School District.
- The employer can give the student or parent/guardian the work permit application, or they can go online to download the application (new and renewal) and procedures (2pp) at:
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlseform277.pdf (applications cannot be processed via fax).
- The parent/guardian takes the application to their student’s high school, middle school or elementary school administrator, assistant principal or designated counselor who will check the student’s attendance, grades and health and fills out the form, attach their business card and imprint the school/district seal or stamp from the registrar’s office. Then the work permit application is returned to the parent/guardian to submit to the DLSE office for processing.
- Applications can be mailed or delivered to: Division of Labor and Standards Enforcement (DLSE) Office, San Bernardino: 464 W. Fourth Street, Rm. 348, San Bernardino, CA 92401 – Telephone: (909) 383-4334. Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Mon. – Tues.; the processing time usually takes 1 to 2 weeks.
- The student is not required to have an offer in order to obtain a work permit.
- A social security number is not required on the application.
- However, if there is an offer, the employer (production company) must provide a written statement via fax: (909) 383-6397 Attention: Entertainment Work Permit.
- For same day work permit processing, the parent/guardian must go to the Van Nuys DLSE Office at: 6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Ste. #100, Van Nuys, CA 91401 – Telephone: (818) 901-5315. Office Hours: Mon. – Fri.; 9:00 AM – 12Noon and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
- There is NO fee to process regular work permits.
- Except for a 10-day Temporary Entertainment Work Permit Application which is subject to requirements, has a $50.00 fee and is issued immediately; click on link:
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/OnlinePermits.htm and then go to Applications and click on: “10 Day Temporary Entertainment Work Permit” (https://permits.dir.ca.gov/tewp/) which will take you to: 10 Day Temporary Entertainment Work Permit
- The parent/guardian must create a user account by clicking on “First Time User” located at the upper-right of the screen to create a user account and click the “Submit” button; once created, please note that you will automatically be logged out so log back in.
- Once you log back in, you should see three (3) links, click on the first link: “10 Day Temporary Entertainment Work Permit Application”
- Once you have agreed to the notice/consent, the screen will go directly to the application.
- Fill-in the information and enter your credit card information, and then submit application; after which, you will receive an email within one (1) business day notifying you of the approval and is ready for printing.
- Please note that this permit is temporary and, therefore, you will need to have applied for the regular permit before the 10-day expiration date.
- Entertainment Work Permits expires every six (6) months and must be renewed
- All students applying for a Work Permit must:
- Maintain a good daily attendance record in all classes (per State
- Maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0.
- Understand that student's grades and attendance will be monitored
throughout the year. If the student does not meet the above
requirements, his/her work permit will be revoked.
- Agree that school is the priority over
Frequently Asked Questions about Work Permits
What is a Work Permit?
A Work Permit is a verification of your age, birth date, enrollment, and
attendance in school that you are required by California Labor Laws to provide
to your employer. California State Law requires that a minor be enrolled
and attending full-time school before a Work Permit can be issued. If the
minor drops out or otherwise does not attend school, the Work Permit
automatically becomes null and void. If the employer continues to work the
youth, the employer is in violation of the State Law.
How many hours a week can I work with a Work Permit?
24 hours regular or 36 hours if you are a Work Experience student. Student
must be enrolled in Work Experience class in order to be issued a Work Permit to
work 36 hours.
Who needs a Work Permit?
All minors under the age of 18 that are employed, except those who are high
school graduates or students who have been awarded certificates of proficiency.
What is the purpose of the Work Permit?
It verifies the minor's age for the employer and enables the employer to comply
with State and Federal Labor Laws. Some of these are summarized on the
Work Permit. As you will see, different age groups are permitted to work
Are there requirements to hold a Work Permit?
Yes. The schools require a student to maintain at least a 2.0 G.P.A. and attend school regularly (per State guidelines - attendance
checked every grading period).
How long does it take to get the Work Permit?
It will take from 3 to 5 days after you return the completed Request for Work
Permit. You may not begin to work until you provide the completed Work
Permit to the employer.
Do I need a new Work Permit if I get another job?
Yes, a new Work Permit must be obtained for each job.
How long is the Work Permit valid?
Work Permits issues during the school year expire five days after the opening of
the next succeeding school year. The expiration date appears on the Work
Minors under the age of 18 may not work in environments declared
hazardous or dangerous for young workers as listed below:
- Explosive exposure
- Motor vehicle driving/outside helper
- Coal mining
- Logging and sawmilling
- Power-driven woodworking machines
- Radiation exposure
- Power-driven hoists/forklifts
- Power-driven metal forming, punching, and shearing machines
- Other mining
- Power-driven meat slicing/processing machines
- Power-baking machines
- Power-driven paper products/paper bailing machines
- Manufacturing brick, tile products
- Power saws and shears
- Wrecking, demolition
- Excavation operation
Volunteers Must Complete a Non-Paid Permit Form
All students are required to complete the
State B1-1 Form for Volunteer and Apprenticeship Programs. Form is to be turned in to the
District Office - Building 1.
If you have any questions about Work Permits, please contact the CTE Department at (909) 357-5000, ext. 29180.