How to Get a Work Permit in Tennessee

Getting a work permit in Tennessee 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 Tennessee.  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 Tennessee

Tennessee is nicknamed “The Volunteer State” because during the war of 1812, volunteer soldiers from Tennessee showed great courage in the Battle of New Orleans. While volunteer work is a great option for teenagers to gain experience and make a difference in the community, paid employment is also appealing.

In Tennessee, minors as young as 14 are able to seek employment. Tennessee does not require that minors obtain a work permit; the minor simply needs to find a job. As the federal government does not require work permits, minors living in Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

Applying For a Work Permit in Tennessee

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

Transferring Work Permits in Tennessee

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

Employer Responsibility With Work Permits in Tennessee

In Tennessee, employers do not have to obtain work permits from the youth they employ, however, as noted above, they must follow teen labor laws.