AllentownSchool District

Working Papers Application

Due to COVID-19 ASD is temporarily adjusting the procedure for Work Permit applications. 

Work Permit Application Instructions

1. Download and complete the full Work Permit Application. Students unable to access the electronic application should email  to request that a paper application be mailed to them. 

2. Please have your parent or legal guardian sign the document. 
Attache any required documents, such as a proof of age document, to the completed application and submits via email.
If applying electronically, attach digital copies, such as a scan or digital photograph.
  If applying by mail with a paper application, the student should include photocopies of the required documents. 
If an applicant is unable to provide a required document with their application, they can present it to the school district issuing officer at the next stage of the process. 

Acceptable Documents include original birth certificate, hospital record, baptismal certificate, passport, or Permanent Resident registration, driver’s license/permit, or state ID card with date of birth listed. 

**Please be aware that all required documentation must still be submitted and reviewed; the temporary change relates only to the format in which those documents may be submitted to, and accepted by, the school district.

3. Upon receipt of the application and documentation, an appointment will be scheduled with the student virtually or in person. The purpose of the appointment is to verify the proof of age document if one is required but the student was not able to provide a copy with the application via email.

4. The school district issuing officer will ensure that all the documents required by law have been examined, approved and filed, and all conditions and requirements for issuing a permit have been fulfilled. A wallet-sized, paperwork permit bearing a number, the date of issuance, and signature of the issuing officer will be mailed.

5. When received, the student should sign the work permit and show it to the employer, who will make a copy for their records. The student retains the original work permit. 

Direct all questions, applications and documents to our School District Issuing Officer:

Work Permit Office
Johana Taylor Wilson
31 S Penn St., Allentown, PA 18109

Pennsylvania Child Labor Laws require minors between the ages of 14 and 18 to obtain working papers for employment. The law limits the number of hours per day and hours per week and the times of day during which minors are permitted to work. Some occupations are restricted for certain ages. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance at 1-800-932-0665 or visit their web site at

For more information, go to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website by clicking here.