How to Get a Work Permit in Colorado

Getting a work permit in Colorado is much easier than most teens think, but the entire process can be pretty confusing if you've never done it before. Because of this, we've created this page which outlines everything you need to know about getting a work permit in Colorado.  If you're under the age of 16, a work permit is required to work part-time at any company, so follow what we've outlined here and you can get a job in no time.

Minimum Working Age in Colorado

When I think of youth employment in Colorado, I get caught up in the idea of jobs at ski resorts, which appears to be a fun way to earn money and gain work experience. Minors as young as 14 are able to seek employment in the state of Colorado and the key is to find a job; no work permit is needed. As the federal government does not require work permits, minors living in Colorado do not have to obtain one prior to seeking employment in the state. Despite there being no requirement for a work permit, employers have to follow teen labor laws; click here for more information on teen labor laws in Colorado.

Applying For a Work Permit in Colorado

The state of Colorado does not require work permits. Should a minor aged 14 or 15 desire to work during school hours, they are required to obtain a school release permit, which can be issued by the school district superintendent, their agent or someone designated by the board of education. The school release permit is only issued for a specific position with specific employer for a specific length of time (not to exceed 30 days).

Transferring Work Permits in Colorado

Work permits are not required in Colorado. A school release permit is specific to the employer and position. Should a minor seek new employment during school hours, a school release permit would not to be obtained for that employer and position prior to the minor beginning work.

Employer Responsibility With Work Permits in Colorado

Employers in Colorado do not have to obtain work permits from the youth they employ, however, as noted above, they must follow teen labor laws.