Tappan Zee High School

Working Papers

In New York State, anyone under the age of 18 must show an employment certificate (“working papers”) before they can begin work. Please download the Application for Employment Certificate – AT-17 (working papers application). 


Step 1: Complete the Application for Employment Certificate. Students without a Social Security Number (SSN) are encouraged to apply for one. Although a minor may obtain working papers without a SSN, his/her employer will need one.

Step 2: A parent or guardian must sign Part I of the application. Working papers cannot be issued without this signature.

Step 3: A physician must sign the Physical Fitness Certification form or you may provide documentation of a physical completed within the past year.

Step 4: Mail your completed application and a copy of one form of identification (birth certificate, passport, baptismal certificate, driver’s license or permit) to:

Tappan Zee High School
ATTN: Ms. Shanley – Main Office
15 Dutch Hill Road
Orangeburg, NY 10962

Please include a telephone number in case Ms. Shanley has any questions regarding the application.

Step 5: Working papers will be mailed back to applicants.

For detailed information on working papers, visit the New York State Department of Labor website.


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