Work Permit FAQs

  • At what age is my child eligible for a work permit?

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    Students ages 14-18 may be eligible for a work permit.

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  • What requirements or eligibilty conditions must my child meet?

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    1) Student age restrictions are 14-18 years old
    2) Student must have a GPA of 2.0 or better
    3) Student must have good attendance and behavior

    4) Must present a Social Security Card


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  • Where do I pick up a work permit application?

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    Students may download and print a copy or get a work permit application from the school they attend.

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  • Who do I turn the work permit application into?

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    After having the employer fill out the form, bring the completed application and an original Social Security card to your school, Pittsburg High School or Black Diamond High School.   The school will issue the work permit if the student is eligible and they are open during summer school.  


    If the school is closed you may contact Student Services 925-473-2347


    If the student attends a Private or Charter School you may obtain a work permit at Student Services 925-473-2347,  2000 Railroad Ave, Suite D, Pittsburg, CA 

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  • If federal laws, state laws and school district policies conflict, the more restrictive law (the one most protective of the employee) prevails. Generally, minors must attend school until age 18 unless they are 16 years or older and have graduated from high school or received a state Certificate of Proficiency.

    • Employers of minors required to attend school must complete a “Statement of Intent to Employ Minor and Request for Work Permit” (form B1-1) for the school district of attendance for each such minor.  
    • Employers must retain a “Permit to Employ and Work” (form B1-4) for each such minor.
    • Work permits (B1-4) must be retained for three years and be available for inspection by sanctioned authorities at all times.
    • A work permit (B1-4) must be revoked whenever the issuing authority determines the employment is illegal or is impairing the health or education of the minor.

    Minors under the age of 18 may not work in environments declared hazardous or dangerous for young workers as listed below:

    1.  Explosive exposure
    2.  Motor vehicle driving/outside helper
    3.  Coal mining
    4.  Logging and sawmilling
    5.  Power-driven woodworking machines
    6.  Radiation exposure
    7.  Power-driven hoists/forklifts
    8.  Power-driven metal forming, punching, and shearing machines
    9.  Other mining
    10. Power-driven meat slicing/processing machines
    11. Power-baking machines
    12. Power-driven paper products/paper bailing machines
    13. Manufacturing brick, tile products
    14. Power saws and shears
    15. Wrecking, demolition
    16. Roofing
    17. Excavation operation

    For more complete information about hazardous occupations, contact the U.S. Department of Labor (Child Labor Bulletins 101 and 102) and the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Regional offices are located in several California cities. They are listed in the “Government Listings” sections of telephone directories.

    Minors younger than 16 years are allowed to work only in limited, specified occupations that exclude baking, manufacturing, processing, construction, warehouse, and transportation occupations.

    In addition to safety regulations, labor laws applicable to adult employees also generally apply to minor employees, including workers’ compensation insurance requirements.

    Child labor laws do not generally apply to minors who deliver newspapers or work at odd jobs, such as yard work and baby-sitting, or in private homes where the minor is not regularly employed.

    A day of rest from work is required if the total hours worked per week exceed 30 or if more than 6 hours are worked on any one day during the week.

Hours of Work

  • Younger than 14

  • Ages 14-15

  • Ages 16-17