It just got easier for teens to work this summer: Here’s what you need to know about new working papers portal

Want your kid to get a job this summer? The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development is making the hardest part of the process much easier.

On Thursday, the DOL announced it is launching an online portal for the process to get working papers — one that takes schools out of the process.

It will begin June 1.

Here’s how the online process will work:

  1. Teenagers and their employers each go to to get started.
  2. Employers receive a unique 8-digit code when they register, which they share with every minor they hire.
  3. The minor completes the online working papers application, entering their caregiver’s name and email address, and the employer’s 8-digit code, which links the application to a specific employer.
  4. Emails prompt the employer and caregiver to complete their portions of the application and sign off. Caregivers also will be asked to upload a copy of a birth certificate, passport or other official document verifying the minor’s age.
  5. Schools will no longer be involved, but minors, employers and caregivers all play a role and will receive email notifications when it’s their turn to take action.
  6. The minor and employer will receive an email letting them know the application has been approved or rejected.
  7. The minor begins working when their application is approved.

In addition to being able to work, minors also will gain digital access to information regarding their rights in the workplace. The DOL has developed a suite of online information and services specifically for young workers.

It contains information on resume writing and interviewing skills, child labor laws, wages, hours and types of work permitted for minors.

Click here for more details.

Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said he’s confident the new system will make it easier for all involved.

“This is a significant update in how minors acquire their working papers, which they need for employment in New Jersey,” he said. “It’s quicker, easier, and this new process gives NJDOL a welcome opportunity to reach minors and their caregivers about career and apprenticeship opportunities, and to make minors aware of their work rights when it matters most — when they start their first job.”

Please note: Anyone who needs working papers before June 1 should visit DOL’s young worker hub to get the paper form.