How to Get a Work Permit in Vermont

Getting a work permit in Vermont 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 Vermont.  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 Vermont

When looking at a ratio of cows to people, the greatest number of dairy cows in the country are in Vermont. While there may be a high number of cows to people, there are still plenty of teenagers in the state that are seeking to work, whether to gain experience or earn money. In Vermont, a minor can begin to work at the age of 14, and a work permit is only required for minors aged 14 and 15 who are seeking to work during school hours. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Vermont.

Applying For a Work Permit in Vermont

Minors aged 14 and up are able to seek employment in Vermont without a work permit. The only time a permit is necessary is if the minor is seeking to work during school hours and is under the age of 16. For more information on obtaining a work permit at the age of 14 or 15 to work during school hours, contact the State of Vermont Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, at 802-828-0267.

Transferring Work Permits in Vermont

Only in very unusual cases would a work permit be required for a minor to be employed. Should a minor receive a work permit so that they may be able to work during school hours, and are looking to change jobs, they should contact the Wage and Hour Division at 802-828-0267.

Employer Responsibility With Work Permits in Vermont

Only in very rare instances are work permits required in the state of Vermont. Employers must follow child labor laws, as noted above. Federal law requires employers (if subject to federal jurisdiction) to keep a record of the employee’s date of birth if the employee is under the age of 19. Should the employer only be required to follow state law, it is recommended that they keep a certified copy of the birth certificate for each minor they employ on file.