Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

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Requirements

  • Youth ages 11 and older can attend a firearms safety certification course and receive their certificate. The Firearms Safety Certificate becomes valid at age 12.
  • DNR Firearms Certification is required of anyone born after December 31, 1979 to purchase a hunting license in Minnesota. Check requirements in other states.
  • Apprentice hunter validation.

Three basic rules of firearms handling

  • Treat each firearm as if it is loaded
  • Always control the muzzle of your firearm
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond

When and where are firearms safety classes offered?

Classes are added to the DNR website as the information becomes available. Check back often.

What happens in the classes?

  • The firearm safety class consists of a minimum of 12 hours of classroom and field experience in the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility.
  • The field experience allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle range.

Cost

A fee of up to $7.50 may be collected by the instructor at the class for any costs they incur to conduct the class. The DNR course fee is $7.50, payable on-line after successful completion of course requirements.

On-Line Option

Youth ages 11 – 17: Youth can complete the 12-hour online course at HunterCourse.com. It is recommended that you register your child for a Field Day BEFORE completing the online course; see availability for a Field Day by checking currently scheduled classes below.

Adults (18 and older)click here to start.

 

General information

  • Duplicate firearms certificates are available through any DNR License Agent or by calling toll free 1-888-646-6367 or local 651-296-6157.
  • For more information about the program, call toll free 800-366-8917
  • To have your firearms safety certification added to your Minnesota Driver’s License, bring your firearms certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you renew your driver’s license and request them to check the box to add it as an endorsement.

Find (and sort) more courses on the DNR Safety Training Calendar!

Calendar of firearms classes

Click on the course name for details.

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05/03/16

Lake Elmo ***CLASS FULL ***

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class *** CLASS FULL***

05/03/16

Lakeville (Hunter Course)* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

05/07/16

Plummer (Hunter Course)

Red Lake County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/07/16

Milroy (Hunter Course)

Redwood County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/07/16

Lakeshore (Hunter Course)

Crow Wing County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/07/16

Lakeshore (Hunter Course)

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/07/16

Lewiston (Hunter Course)

Winona County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/07/16

Laporte (Hunter Course)

Hubbard County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/07/16

Worthington (Hunter Course)

Nobles County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/09/16

Lexington

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class***CLASS IS FULL***

05/10/16

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/10/16

Lakeville (Hunter Course)* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day* * *Field Day is FULL* * *

05/13/16

Tracy * * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

05/14/16

Park Rapids (Hunter Course) ***CLASSS FULL***

Hubbard County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day *** CLASS FULL***

05/15/16

Marshall (Hunter Course)***FIELD DAY IS FULL***

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day***Field Day is FULL***

05/16/16

Cook

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/19/16

Hutchinson

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/21/16

Greaney (Hunter Course)

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/21/16

Forest Lake (Hunter Course) - Girls/Women ONLY**COURSE IS FULL**

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day For Girls and Women**Course is FULL

05/23/16

Ivanhoe

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/27/16

Freeport (Hunter Course) **CLASS FULL***

Stearns County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day **CLASS FULL**

05/30/16

Lake Elmo* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

05/31/16

Lakeville

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/06/16

St James

Watonwan County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/07/16

Alexandria

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/12/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/13/16

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day ***CLASS FULL***

06/14/16

Lakeville

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/18/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/19/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/24/16

New Ulm-CLASS IS FULL - SEE WAIT LIST INFO

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/26/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)Field Day is FULL - See WAIT LIST

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day - Field Day is FULL

06/27/16

Lewsiton

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/08/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/10/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/11/16

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/11/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/12/16

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/16/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/25/16

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/16

Hugo* * *CLASS IS FULL * * * WAIT LIST AVAILABLE

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

07/31/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class / all Girls

08/01/16

Truman

Martin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/16

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/16

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/06/16

Crookston (Hunter Course)

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/07/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/08/16

Annandale

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/11/16

Rockford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/16

Palo

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/16

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/19/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/20/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/21/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/22/16

Hugo *** CLASS FULL***

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day**CLASS FULL**

08/22/16

Maple Plain

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/16

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class***CLASS IS FULL***

09/11/16

Tracy (Hunter Course)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/16

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/17/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/19/16

Theif River Falls

Pennington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/01/16

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/15/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day


There are organizations that include the DNR Firearms Safety Training class as part of an event or membership package they offer. The fee for the DNR firearms safety training is set at $7.50, with an option for the instructor group to charge an additional $7.50. However, these other programs have additional costs which are set by the providing organization.

Organizations offering a DNR firearms safety class