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.