Once a student has been hired, and is between the ages of 14 -17 years old, they will need to obtain a work permit application from their employer.

After a minor is promised employment, a work permit application must be filled out by the employer, physician (for students age 14 and 15 only), and signed by a parent/guardian and student.

The application can be found on Wareham Public Schools website. The Guidance Department has hard copies of the application as well.


The Wareham High School Guidance Office issues Work Permits.  Students between the ages of 14 and 17 years old may obtain an Employment Permit Application from the Guidance Office between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or download the application from the district website under Students and Parents, Student Work Applications.

The student should have the prospective employer complete the Promise of Employment section of the application form; have it signed by the parent/guardian/custodian of the student; and sign it as the minor student.  If a student is 14 or 15 years old, the student must have the Physician’s Certificate of Health portion of the application completed prior to bringing the application to the Superintendent’s Office.

The student then brings the completed application along with a certified copy of one of the following: student’s birth certificate, or a driver’s license or a driver’s permit, or passport to the Guidance Office before obtaining an Employment Permit.  There is no cost to the student to obtain a work permit.

A birth certificate is required if the student is a Wareham resident and has never attended Wareham Public Schools.

Upon receipt of the application, a permit will be issued, and the student will give the signed permit to their new employer.

Wareham High School:

Guidance Department 508-291-3510 x-391

In the event that the High School is closed, students may stop by Central Office for a work permit.

Superintendent’s Office: 508-291-3500 x 3560

Mary Hicks, Jamie Wiksten, and Erika Kauranen