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
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.
Guide to Completing Child Labor
After receiving a job offer the youth and parent fill in the
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
of Minor’s Age.
If these are not
available, provide federal identification such as visa or resident
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.
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
Return to Division of Labor Home Page
Search Division of Labor
Iowa Workforce Development