To obtain a work permit, a parent or guardian must come to the high school main office with a copy of the student’s birth certificate or passport. You must be 14 years of age to receive a work permit, valid through the age of 18. There are 2 forms, one the parent signs and this one stays in the office, The other is the actual work permit, to be signed in the office by the student. You do not need a job to obtain a work permit.