How to Get a Work Permit in Mississippi

Getting a work permit in Mississippi 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 Mississippi.  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 Mississippi

The state of Mississippi was where the first human heart and lung transplants took place, completed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. While youth are not ready to embark on such complicated employment, there are many opportunities for those who are seeking to work. Minors as young as 14 are able to seek employment in Mississippi and the key is to find a job; no work permit is needed for minors residing in the state. As the federal government does not require work permits, minors living in Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

Applying For a Work Permit in Mississippi

The state of Mississippi does not require work permits. The only time a work permit or employment certificate is required in Mississippi is if a minor under the age of 16 is looking to work in a mill, cannery, workshop or factory. In this case, they should seek help in obtaining a permit from the school system.

Transferring Work Permits in Mississippi

Work permits are not required in Mississippi. Should a minor aged 14 or 15 be seeking to work in a mill, cannery, workshop or factory, they will need to obtain an employment certificate first through the school system for each place of employment.

Employer Responsibility With Work Permits in Mississippi

While most employers who hire minors will not have to obtain work permits from those under the age of 18 that they hire, they must follow teen labor laws as noted above.