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Finding a Job / Work Permit Process

If you are thinking of working while in High School, here are the steps to how you get a work permit:
Important: Each work permit is unique. You will need a work permit any time you apply for a new / additional job. Also, you will need to re-apply every year for a new work permit as they do expire.
Step One: Find a Job
  • Before you can be issued a work permit application, you first need to be at least 14 and have been offered a job. If you are 18, you do not need a work permit.

  • To help in finding a job, click here for a list of businesses that have hired our students in the past. You will need to call these businesses to see if they are hiring.

  • Another way to find a job is to ask the businesses around you to see if they are hiring.
Step Two: Pick Up & Complete your Work Permit Application
There are two ways to do this, either digitally or by visiting the SLVHS Counseling Office in Person:
    • Digital Work Permit Process (Printer & Camera or Scanner Required)
      • Print out, then fill out this form and have both a parent and employer sign it. Please be sure to leave the Social Security Number section blank.
      • You'll then need to scan (or take a photo) of this complete form and email to Charlotte Achen ( and she will complete the work permit and send you a file that you will need to print out and sign. 
      • Then  you will scan/photograph  this final signed copy back to Charlotte Achen. You will then write in your social security number in the SSN section of the permit and bring the permit to your employer.
    • Pick Up a Work Permit Application from the Counseling Office
      • If you do not have a printer, you can pick up a work permit at the SLVHS Counseling Office M-F 8am to 3pm. If you can send Charlotte Achen ( an email ahead of time, this would be appreciated as hours / availability may change.
      • Once you have the application, you will need to fill it out, have your parent and employer sign it and then bring it back to the SLVHS Counseling Office, where your work permit will then be issued.
      • Note: During the Summer, you may need to go to the district office to complete this process, contact the SLVHS Counseling Office to find out when this period is.
Step Three: Turn in your Work Permit to your Employer
  • After getting your official work permit, it is super important to get this to your employer!
If you have any questions about the work permit process, email Charlotte Achen at