How to get your child an Entertainment Work Permit
In many states, before a child can start modeling or acting they must first have an Entertainment Work Permit. The original “Work Permit” must be carried at all times while working.
Things You’ll Need:
First you must obtain a form for the work permit. Each state has a different criteria you must follow but most allow you to download the form from the internet. Go to the Labor Board website for your state. Make sure the ending of the URL is a .gov to assure that you are in a legitimate state website. Search for entertainment work permit. A regular work permit for a child is different than an entertainment work permit.
Download and fill out the form. This will include taking the form to a doctor if your child is a baby, or to your child’s teacher. For the very first permit most states will require a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
Talk with your child’s teacher and explain to them what the entertainment work permit is. Find out if they will be able to sign it or if the principal will need to sign it. If it is the principal, then walk the form to the office and ask to schedule an appointment with the principal. More than likely the principal will not know what an entertainment work permit is and will need you to tell them about it.
Your child must be doing well in school. Their grades and attendance must be good. If they are having any trouble in any subject or have missed a lot of school, the principal or teacher may opt to not sign the permit or will sign it declaring that your child is not satisfactorily attending or progressing in school.
To expedite the process follow the guidelines on the form and make sure the form is complete. Do not go the Labor Board if it says to mail it in. This will not speed up the process and will only agitate the employees that you did not follow the rules.
Mail in the form and keep a copy for yourself. Do not forget to include a self-address STAMPED envelope, so that it can be mailed back to you. The form can take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks to get depending on your state.
When you get the permit in the mail, make two copies. Keep the original and copy with you and one copy at home. The studio teacher will need to see the work permit and sign the back before your child can work.
- Your Talent Scout will assist you with all of this! Good Luck!………………………… 🙂