DWD Announces Work Permits for Minors Now Online

19 May 2023


MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) continues to build on modernization efforts with the launch of a new online work permit application for younger workers. This change allows work permit transactions to be conducted online, eliminating the need for families to obtain permits at brick-and-mortar locations.

"The teens in our labor force are incredibly hard working and have never been more important to our economy, which is experiencing record low unemployment," said DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek. "We are pleased to offer a new, convenient online permit application system that parents and guardians can use day or night with any internet-connected device to obtain a work permit for minors. Increasing accessibility of the work permit system goes part and parcel with our mission to advocate for the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, including the talented and hard-working teen members of our workforce."

More than 151,000 teens are employed in Wisconsin, earning money, and learning new skills. DWD annually issues approximately 35,000 work permits for minors.

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