Child Labor Work Permit

Iowa Workforce Development


One form is used for three different functions. Work permits are required for children 10 through 15 years of age, unless an exemption from Iowa Code Section 92.17 applies. Certificates of Age are issued for children 16 years of age or older if requested by the employer. Street trade permits allow children aged 10 to 16 to work in street trades such as delivering newspapers and selling door to door.

Code Citation IC 92; 875 IAC Chapter 32

Who Applies Parent or guardian of a child who has accepted a job offer.

When To Apply After accepting an offer of employment but before beginning work.

Initial Requirements The permit application and instructions are available at

Duration A permit ends when the child is no longer employed in the same job or when the child is old enough that the permit is not required.

Processing Time Minimal if all necessary information is provided.

Fee Structure No fees.

Renewal Requirements None.

Exam None.

Additional Information The state and federal governments limit the hours that minors may work and the types of work minors may perform. For more details, click here:

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Lanny Zieman
150 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, IA 50309