Work Permits


How can students go about obtaining a work permit under Ohio’s Minor Labor Laws if schools are closed?

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, if a minor has all necessary paperwork completed and is unable to get the permit processed due to school closure, the completed paperwork may itself stand in the place of the physically printed permit.

Employers should keep the paperwork on file, just like they would the permit. The formal permit should be processed as soon as the school is reopened.

As a reminder, hour restrictions outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4109 are still in place for any week that was not a pre-planned school holiday (i.e., spring break) and the prohibited/hazardous occupation restrictions are still active.

To download a copy of the Parent or Guardian Consent Form for Minor Work Permit, click here .

For questions, call the Division of Industrial Compliance's Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration at 614-644-2239 or email

Instructions for completing a work permit application.

  1. Fill out the top section and have your parent/guardian sign it.
  2. You may be required to get a work physical from your Dr.'s office, Minute Clinic, or Urgent Care, whenever you prefer. The Dr. needs to sign the back of the application.

*If we have a current physical on file with the athletic or ROTC program your parent/guardian can sign a different form and a new physical will no be needed.

3. Take the form to your new employer and they will sign, date and fill in the information requested.

4. Scan and email the completed application to and the information will be entered on the State of Ohio website. You will then have the permit emailed back to you which you will sign and the last step is to give it to your employer.