Working Papers

Working Papers
North Collins Central School District is pleased to provide working papers for children in our district (including homeschooled students) in order to apply for employment at the place of their choosing. All persons under the age of 18 must show their working papers before they are legally able to begin work. Please visit the NYS Department of Labor website for complete information.

TYPES OF WORKING PAPERS


Student Non-Factory Employment Certificate - AT-18 (blue paper)

  • Issued to youth ages 14 and 15 who plan to work at permitted occupations during vacations or after school hours
  • Not valid for work:
    • In factory workrooms or construction
    • Involving use of prohibited machinery or chemical processes
    • As a helper on a motor vehicle
    • Cleaning, oiling, wiping or adjusting belts to machinery

Student General Employment Certificate - AT-19 (green paper)

  • Issued to youth ages 16 and 17 who attend school and plan to work during vacations or after school hours
  • Valid for work in a factory and other trade, business or service
  • Not valid for hazardous employment such as:
    • Operating certain machines
    • Doing construction work
    • Helping on a motor vehicle
    • Cleaning, oiling, wiping or adjusting belts to machinery

Full-Time Employment Certificate - AT-20 (salmon paper)

  • Issued to youth ages 16 and 17, who are not attending school or who are leaving school for full-time employment
  • Valid for factory or other types of work
  • Not valid for hazardous employment such as:
    • Operating certain machines
    • Doing construction work
    • Helping on a motor vehicle
    • Cleaning, oiling, wiping or adjusting belts to machinery

Farm Work Permit

  • Not valid for work in or in connection with a factory or cannery
  • Each employer must sign the permit. The youth must carry the permit while working.
    • For youth ages 12 and 13: AT-25 (white paper)
    • Allows work in hand-harvest of berries, fruits, and vegetables
    • Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or give the employer written consent from them
    • For youth ages 14 and 15: AT-24 (yellow paper)
    • Allows work before and after school, on week-ends and during vacations

Newspaper Carrier Permits - AT-23

  • For youth ages 11 to 18 who deliver, or sell and deliver to homes or places of business:
    • newspapers
    • shopping papers or
    • periodicals
  • The minor must carry the permit while working

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR WORKING PAPERS

First, get an application form from the Main Office at the high school. During school vacation periods, our office will stay open part-time to issue working papers.

Take the application form home and have your parent or guardian sign it. You will need to gather:

  • Proof of age (your birth or baptism record, driver license, state-issued photo ID, school record, or passport)
  • A written statement from a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that you are physically fit to work. (You do not need this statement to get a newspaper carrier permit if you are able to take part in your school's physical education program.)

Bring these items back to the Main Office. If your application is complete, working papers can be issued to you within a day or two for part-time work during the school session. It will also allow you to work full-time during school vacation periods.This cannot be done via email or any other way; applicants MUST apply in person and sign their working papers in front of a school district employee in order to be valid.

If you are a high school graduate, you can get a full-time employment certificate.

If you have dropped out of school, to get a full-time employment certificate, your parent or guardian must come with you to give consent in person at the issuing office.

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