How to Get a Work Permit for a Minor Child During COVID-19 Closure
Cincinnati Public Schools is continuing to process Minor Work Permits during this extended closure of CPS' buildings.
Now, CPS will take work permit applications and required documents electronically via email. (In the past, minor students or parents visited a school, or the Customer Care Center at CPS' Education Center, to submit applications and documents.)
Per Ohio law, work permits are required for all students under the age of 18 who want to work during the school year. Students who are 14-15 years old must have permits to work any time.
To receive a work permit, a student must complete an application form, obtain approvals from their potential employers and from parents or legal guardians; provide a birth certificate to show proof of age; and, if the job requires a physical, a physician's signed and time-stamped certificate. In addition, Cincinnati Public Schools requires a recent report card to confirm school enrollment.
Note: Hour restrictions outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4109 remain in place for minors during any week that was not a pre-planned school holiday, such as Spring Break, and the prohibited and hazardous occupation restrictions also still are active for minors during this closure.
How to get a Minor Work Permit
- Download and print the Minor Work Permit application form (Ohio calls it a "pre-application") to gather necessary information and approvals from potential employers and parents or legal guardians.
- Email the completed application and required documents shown below to CPS' Customer Help Center.
Put in the email's subject line: Minor Work Permit — Student's First and Last Name
(The potential employer, the parent or the student may email the items to CPS' Customer Care Center.)
A CPS Customer Care Center team member will process the application online with the state of Ohio. The final Minor Work Permit certificate will be emailed to the employer for signatures.
The employer will scan and email back the signed Minor Work Permit document to the Customer Care Center.
Alternate Route to a Minor Work Permit (during Covid-19 closure)
According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, the completed paperwork itself can stand in the place of a final printed Minor Work Permit certificate during this closure. Employers should keep the paperwork on file, and when schools and CPS' Education Center reopen, the formal permit should be processed.