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Working Papers

** Obtaining Working Papers**

Anyone under the age of 18 in Connecticut must obtain Working Papers before starting employment. Students wishing to obtain Working Papers must appear in person at one of the eight locations listed below. Students must bring the original Promise of Employment letter from their prospective employer (no images or emails) and proof of identification, which includes an original birth certificate, driver's license, learners permit, passport or a State of Connecticut-issued identification. Due to summer hours, please call ahead to ensure adequate staffing is on hand. 

Please review the checklist below from the Connecticut Department of Labor regarding requirements for obtaining working papers:

  • Are you at least 16 years old (15 years old for retail establishments during vacation weeks)?

  • Do you have an employer's written Promise of Employment?

  • Do you have proof of age, such as a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport?

  • Do you have your Social Security card?

  • Is the job permitted for your age according to Connecticut's laws/regulations?

  • Is the industry permitted for your age according to Connecticut's laws/regulations?

  • Are the time and hours of work permitted by law?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, please bring your Promise of Employment and proof of age and go to the main office at the nearest public high school during school hours. If you are dropping off items after school hours, please bring them to the Human Capital Department at 236 Grand Street 3rd floor. 

School Address Phone Number
Crosby High School 300 Pierpont Road                                      (203) 574-8060 
Enlightenment School 58 Griggs Street (203) 574-8050
John F. Kennedy High School 422 Highland Avenue (203) 574-8153
State Street Program 30A Church Street (203) 574-8028
Superintendent's Office 236 Grand Street (203) 574-8000
Waterbury Arts Magnet School 16 South Elm Street (203) 573-6300
Waterbury Career Academy High School 175 Birch Street (203) 574-6000
Wilby High School 568 Bucks Hill Road (203) 574-8100


You MUST have working papers before you start work.

CT Working Papers Manual 

For more information please refer to the following links:

Connecticut Labor Department Employers' Checklist for Employment of Minors - Learn More

Connecticut Department of Labor Time & Hour Restrictions For 16 & 17 Year-Old Minors (By Industry)- Learn More

Connecticut Department of Labor Prohibited Occupations and Places of Employment for All Minors Under the Age of 18 Years- Learn More

Other links pertaining to this subject may be found here: Learn More