Work Permit

Based on Ohio law, all youth who will be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2018, will need a work permit to participate in the Summer Youth Employment Program. Youth under the age of 14 are not permitted to work. If you require a Work Permit, you will not be permitted to work until Youth Opportunities Unlimited has received your documentation.

Attached is an application for your work permit with a completed employer section. This is NOT the actual work permit. Do not return this completed application to Youth Opportunities Unlimited – we can only accept the actual work permit.

When you have been scheduled for an Orientation session, you are able to get a work permit. YOU MUST BRING THE WORK PERMIT WITH YOU TO ORIENTATION.

How to Get a Work Permit:

First, you and your parent/guardian must complete the first page of the application. Remember that your parent/guardian must sign this page at the bottom of the student section.

Second, a doctor must complete the Physician’s Certificate on the second page of the application. Your doctor will sign it to indicate that you have had a physical exam in the last twelve months and are healthy enough to work. If you had a physical to play sports for school, check with the school office to see if they have a copy of that to use for your work permit application.

Third, take the completed application to your school or school board to have them issue a work permit. All school districts are different, but your school’s office should be able to tell you where to go to have your permit issued. (See link to document below for additional details)

NOTE: When you submit your application for a work permit, both the 14 or 15-year-old AND a parent/ guardian must be present. The student must also bring proof of age, either a birth certificate or State of Ohio ID.

When Your Work Permit Application is Complete:

For students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District:

If you attend a school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, you will take your completed work permit application (with the completed Physician’s Certificate) to the Office of Hearings and Appeals:

1111 Superior Avenue,  Second Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 838-0234

The summer hours for the work permit office are M-F: 9:30am-3:00pm.

For students outside the Cleveland Metropolitan School District:

If you attend a school in one of the following districts, please ask a YOU staff member at check?out, call the Summer Jobs Hotline at 216-776-3900, or consult your school office for information about where to receive your work permit.

  • BEDFORD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • BEREA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • BROOKLYN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • CLEVELAND CATHOLIC DIOCESE

  • CLEVELAND HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • EAST CLEVELAND CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • EUCLID CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • GARFIELD HEIGHTS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • LAKEWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • MAPLE HEIGHTS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • PARMA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • RICHMOND HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • SHAKER HEIGHTS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • SOUTH EUCLID/LYNDHURST CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • WILLOUGHBY/EASTLAKE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

If your district is not on this list, please contact your school’s Guidance Department for information.