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May
26

Is the Entertainment Work Permit Office in Van Nuys Open?

Entertainment Work Permit

Entertainment Work Permit Office in State Office Building

Entertainment Work Permit Office, Van Nuys, California

If you are heading down to Van Nuys to get your child a California entertainment work permit, you may not have thought about whether the office is open or not. It is a good idea to make sure before you make the drive to the work permit office.

For more on entertainment work permits, including how to get the work permit application and the address of the work permit office, check out “Do You Need an Entertainment Work Permit for Your Child Actor?”,  ”Does Your Child Need an Entertainment Work Permit in States Other than California?” and “Where is the California Work Permit Office in Van Nuys?”

I am a terrible procrastinator. I tend to wait until my daughter’s work permit has expired or is about to expire before I get the next one.  I know, I know — I should be better about this.

Once, when I was in a hurry to get my daughter’s entertainment work permit because her talent manager had prompted me about it, I picked the work permit application up at her school and headed straight to Van Nuys.

When I got to the state office building housing the work permit office, I found parking very quickly which I thought was cool until I walked over to the office and saw that it was CLOSED. It was closed for one of those obscure government holidays you don’t hear too much about. I was not happy about the waste of time, gas, and money in the parking meter.

Another time when her permit was about to expire, I drove down to Van Nuys on a Friday.  And guess what — CLOSED again.  This time it was closed because it was one of those furlough Fridays that the government had.  You’d think I’d have learned my lesson and checked before heading down to the office.

So today I was going to go take my daughter’s work permit application to Van Nuys to get her work permit, but I still need to pick the work permit application up at her school before going to Van Nuys, and it is a minimum day at school. I got a couple of phone calls, so now it is too late to go today! Ahhh! And tomorrow is Friday!!!

Well, “Is the Entertainment Work Permit Office in Van Nuys Open?”  And even more, when is the entertainment work permit office open in Van Nuys?  I called to find out. Read on to get some current information about this.

Things have gotten so much easier now when dealing with the work permit office in Van Nuys. It has been much easier for quite a while.

So here are a few current facts about getting your child’s California Entertainment Work Permit in Van Nuys:

  1. As has been true for a while, you can still get your entertainment work permits over the counter while you wait.  Just show up with your child’s work permit application filled out by you and by your child’s current school administrator (or with your affadavit if your child is homeschooled).
  2. The Van Nuys work permit office is currently open every Friday (unless it is a holiday). They previously were closed many Fridays each month due to government furloughs.  It is still not a bad idea to call and check as you never know what the future will hold and when that policy may change again.
  3. You can actually typically talk to a person when you call the work permit office, and in my recent experience, a friendly one. That used to not be the case. In the past, it was difficult (if not impossible) to get a person on the phone to discuss work permit issues. Often, if you finally actually got someone on the phone, the person was probably overworked and grumpy, and so just plain unfriendly and unhelpful.
  4. The current address and phone number for the Van Nuys entertainment work permit office (and other California work permit offices) are here.
  5. If you mail your child’s application in and/or have the entertainment work permit mailed back to you, it will take longer (up to 2 weeks or possibly longer) to get your child’s entertainment work permit. So it is best if you can drive it there and wait or either return a little later in the day to pick it up rather than have it mailed to you. And don’t forget, you have to have a self-addressed stamped envelope if you have it mailed back to you.
  6. Office hours are currently Monday through Friday, 8 to 4:30, except for being closed on holidays. If you want your child’s work permit back the same day, it is best to get there a while before 4:30. If there is a line, they might not be able to get your child’s permit completed that day.

Good luck, have fun, and for more information on this and many other topics, subscribe to Your Young Actor using the form on the right side!

To your success,

Debbie Sikkema

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