How to Get a Work Permit in South Dakota

Getting a work permit in South Dakota 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 South Dakota.  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 South Dakota

South Dakota is home to Jewel Cave, the third longest cave in the world, with more than 120 miles of passages surveyed. While exploring the cave may be appealing for some, many teens are more interested in earning their own money and gaining valuable work experience. In South Dakota, minors as young as 14 are able to seek employment.

There is no requirement for a work permit, the minor just needs to find a job. As the federal government does not require work permits, minors living in South Dakota 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 South Dakota.

Applying For a Work Permit in South Dakota

The state of South Dakota does not require work permits. A minor in South Dakota who is seeking employment will be required to show the employer a legal document that shows their age, like a birth certificate or driver’s license.  

Transferring Work Permits in South Dakota

As work permits are not required in South Dakota, this is not applicable.

Employer Responsibility With Work Permits in South Dakota

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