Youth Labor Laws

Youth Labor Laws

To legally work in California, youth must be in possession of the following documents:

  • A California or school ID AND
  • Either an original Social Security Card (can be requested from the Social Security Administration office) OR an original or certified copy of your birth certificate (If lost, your parents can request a new one from the Records office in the county where you were born.)
  • Work Permit: the law requires your employer to have one for each employed youth ages 14-17. You can pick a work permit up from your school's office or counselor. Note: if you didn't do well in school recently, the school has the right to refuse giving you a work permit.

There are many laws governing youth labor. These include regulations regarding:

  • School Attendance requirements
  • Wages
  • Hours of Work
  • Minimum ages
  • Prohibited occupations

To find out more about these laws visit:

U.S. Department of Labor
California Department of Industrial Relations