Work Permits, Job Search & Shadowing

Work Permit Information

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Recent changes to the Child Labor Laws.

1. Due to a change in the Law.  Sixteen and seventeen year old minors are no longer required to obtain a work permit.  Minors 15 years old and younger still need a work permit.

2. Assembly Bill 326 (effective March 30, 2018 will allow minors as young as 15 to be employed as lifeguards as long as they have successfully completed a bona fide life saving course AND as long as an adult employee is on premises at times when the 15-year-old is on duty

3. 2017 Wis. Act 168 provides that minors of any age may work under the direct supervision of their parents or legal guardians in connection to the parent's business, trade, or profession.  No work permit is required.  This means that if a child is going to work for his/her parents a work permit no longer required. 

Work permits are available in the Career Center on school days


  1. Evidence of minor’s age which consists of one of the following:
    • Birth certificate – issued by a registrar of vital statistics or other officer charged with the duty of recording births or a certified record of the birth from hospital in which the birth occurred.
    • Baptismal certificate – including the minor’s name, date of birth, date and place of baptism, name of church, and the signature of the officiating or issuing clergy.
    • Wisconsin State ID
  2. Letter from the employer written on its regular letterhead or other business paper stating the intention of the employer to employ the minor; describing the job duties, hours of work, and the time of day the minor will be working; and signed by the employer or someone duly authorized by the employer
  3. Letter from the minor’s parent, guardian or court-ordered foster parent consenting to the employment
  4. Social Security Card (actual) – the minor must present his/her Social Security Card to the clerk issuing the permanent.  Verbal recitation and photocopies of the Social Security number will not be accepted. (Social Security office is at 1561 Dousman St., 433-3904. Request a letter verifying a card has been ordered and know the correct number.
  5. $10 permit fee. Payment of the fee is the responsibility of the employer. If the minor advances the fee, the employer shall reimburse the minor no later than the first pay check.
  6. The minor must be present in order to issue the permit.


Places to Obtain a Work Permit



Site Address

Site Phone Number

Brown County Clerk’s Office

Northern Building

1st Floor, Room 120

305 E. Walnut St.

P.O. Box 23600

Green Bay, WI 54301


Southwest High School (only during the school year)

1331 Packerland Dr.

Green Bay, WI 54304

920-492-2618 option 3

More Information from the
Brown County Clerk's Office
  And The WI Department of Work force Development (DWD)
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Job Search Websites

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Job Shadow & Class Shadow Information

Job shadow is a career exploration experience where students learn about a career by walking through a part of the work day as a "shadow" to a professional in a local business, industry or organization.  The job shadowing experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest to the student.  Students witness firsthand the work environment, employability and occupational skills in practice, the value of post-high school education and training, and potential career options.  Job shadowing is designed to reinforce the link between the high school classroom and work requirements. Job shadow opportunity information is available in the Career Center. 

NWTC - Class Shadow

NWTC invites you to come to their classrooms and get a glimpse into the lives of their students.  Whatever program you are interested in, they can make it happen!  Contact NWTC for more details.


This year's Group career exploration opportunities in healthcare: Watch for next year.

The Greater Green Bay Healthcare Alliance is offering a series of group career exploration opportunities.  The following opportunities are designed for high school students and young adults, ages 14 to 21 years, and will provide an in-depth look at a variety of healthcare careers.  Attendees will learn about working conditions, education requirements, employability skills and other relevant information.  Some of the sessions are also providing an informational session for parents/guardians while students are attending the event.

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