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Pennsylvania's Child Labor Laws indicate no youth under the age of 18 shall be employed without a general or vacation employment certificate. The employment certificates are issued by school authorities and require proof of age and parental/guardian signature(s).

An employment certificate is issued to minors ages 14-15.

A transferable work permit is issued to minors ages 16-17.

Youth aged 18 years or older do not need them.

Contact your local school district's administration office to get the specific procedure to obtain working papers. Listed below are Lehigh Valley local districts.

Bethlehem Area School District
Education Center
1516 Sycamore Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017
610-861-0500
Saucon Valley School District
High School Guidance Office
2100 Polk Valley Road
Hellertown, PA 18055
610-838-7003
Easton Area School District
High School Guidance Office
2601 William Penn Highway
Easton, PA 18042
610-250-2500
Northampton Area School District
High School Guidance Office
1619 Laubach Avenue
Northampton, PA 18067
610-262-7812
Wilson Area School District
Administration Office
2040 Washington Boulevard
Easton, PA 18042
610-258-0841
Allentown School District
31 South Penn Street
Allentown, PA 18101
484-765-4080
Bangor Area School District
High School Office
187 Five Points Richmond Road
Bangor, PA 18013
610-599-7011
Whitehall-Coplay School District
High School Office
3800 Mechanicsville Road
Whitehall, PA 18052
610-437-5081
Pen Argyl Area High School
High School Office
501 West Laurel Street
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
610-863-1293
East Penn School District
High School Office
500 Macungie Avenue
Emmaus, PA 18049
610-965-1650
Nazareth Area School District
High School Office
East Center Street
Nazareth, PA 18064
610-759-1730
Parkland School District
High School Office
2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18104
610-351-5600
Catasauqua Area School District
High School Office
850 Pine Street
Catasauqua, PA 18032
610-264-0506
Southern Lehigh School District
High School Office
5800 Main Street
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-282-1421
Northwestern Lehigh School District
High School Office
6493 Route 39
New Tripoli, PA 18066
610-298-8661
Northern Lehigh School District
School Guidance Office
One Bull Dog Lane
Slatington, PA 18080
610-767-9832
Salisbury Township School District
High School Office
500 E. Montgomery Street
Allentown, PA 18103
610-797-4107
 

For more information on the specifics on obtaining working papers (employment certificates) contact the school district administration in which you reside as listed above.

For Child Labor Laws, check www.dli.state.pa.us.