Work Permits
Work Permit Information

Work permits can be obtained by the student in the Career Center at Southwest High School. For the 2019-20 school year, the last day to obtain a work permit at Southwest High School will be May 29, 2020.

Required documents

Evidence of minor’s age - birth certificate or baptismal certificate or state ID

Letter from the employer on business letterhead 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. 

Letter from the minor’s parent, guardian or court-ordered foster parent consenting to the employment. This can be included in the letter from the employer.

Social Security Card

$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 paycheck.

To obtain a work permit outside of school hours, please visit the Brown County Clerk’s Office.

Northern Building

1st Floor, Room 120

305 E. Walnut St.

P.O. Box 23600

Green Bay, WI 54301


Recent changes to the Child Labor Laws.

1. 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 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. 

For more information from the Brown County Clerk's Office and The WI Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Click Here  

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