Iowa Division of Labor

Iowa Child Labor Application/Work Permit


Guide to Completing Iowa Child Labor Application/Work Permit


Iowa Child Labor Law
(Iowa Code Chapter 92)


Iowa Child Labor Rules
(Iowa Admin. Code 875 Chapter 32)


Special Order Requirements


Physician's Certification of Minor's Age


Child Labor "Vice" Jobs
(Liquor, Tobacco, Gambling)


Teen Summer Jobs:  Safety Pays


YouthRules! U.S. Dept. of Labor, Child Labor Information


Work-Based Learning Guide


Child Labor



New Process for Child Labor Work Permits Effective June 1, 2015:

Who needs a work permit?  Youth under 16 years of age cannot be employed or permitted to work, with or without compensation, unless they have a work permit.  An employer may require youth 16 or 17 years of age to obtain a work permit.

A child labor work permit is not a driving permit.  If you need a driving permit or license, contact the Iowa Department of Transportation.

What does it take to complete a work permit? Print a Child Labor Application/Work Permit.  The Guide to Completing Child Labor Application/Work Permit has instructions.  After receiving a job offer the youth and parent fill in the required information.  Provide to the employer one of the following proofs of age: a certified birth certificate, current passport, certified baptismal record showing the date and place of birth and the place of the child’s baptism or a Physician’s Certification of Minor’s Age.  If these are not available, provide federal identification such as visa or resident alien/green card.  The employer then must complete the work permit.   

What hours can 14 or 15-year-olds work? Outside school hours, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., from the day after Labor Day (in September) through May 31, and no more than four hours per day, Monday through Friday, or eight hours per day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. No more than a total of 28 hours per week is allowed. From June 1 through Labor Day, a minor may work up to eight hours per day between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., but not more than 40 hours per week.

Federal child labor laws restrict maximum work hours to 18 hours per week, from the day after Labor Day (in September) through May 31, with three hours per day, Monday through Friday, outside of school hours, and eight hours on Saturday, Sundays and holidays, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Additional Information
Civil penalties up to $10,000.00 per violation are possible.  Iowa Administrative Code 875–32.11(92) outlines how these civil penalties are calculated.  If you are an employer or a parent/guardian, please make sure you know the child labor laws before you hire a minor or permit a minor to work. 

For more information on federal child labor law, contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, in Des Moines at (515) 284-4625.  An employer subject to both state and federal child labor laws must follow the more restrictive law.

Under Iowa child labor laws, Iowa Code Chapter 92, minors under the age of 18 are prohibited from working in certain occupations, performing certain duties, and from using certain equipment.  For more information on State of Iowa child labor laws or to file a child labor complaint, contact: 

Karen Pfab, Executive Officer 1 (515) 242-5869 Karen.Pfab@iwd.iowa.gov
Laura Wood, Investigator 2 (515) 725-2168 Laura.Wood@iwd.iowa.gov
FAX (515) 281-7995  

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