Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

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Requirements

  • To be eligible to receive your Firearms Safety Certification, you must be 11 years of age or older.
  • 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

Adults (18 and older) –  click here

Youth ages 11 – 17 - The on-line course is a new program. It provides basic information for youth interested in learning more about hunting, as well as a study guide for the 12-hour classroom course. Field days are limited. Before choosing this option, see availability for a field day by checking currently scheduled classes below. HunterCourse.com

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.

view a printable version

07/23/14

Mound***CLASS IS FULL***

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/23/14

North St. Paul

Ramsey County

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

07/25/14

Austin (HunterCourse)

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/26/14

Park Rapids (HunterCourse)

Hubbard County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/26/14

Spring Valley (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Fillmore County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/27/14

Palisade **Forkhorn I Camp**

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

Maple Plain **Pheasant Hunting Camp**CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

Richfield**CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

Sacred Heart

Renville County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

Onamia

Mille Lacs County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/29/14

Alexandria

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/29/14

Lake Elmo - CLASS IS FULL

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/29/14

Eden Prairie (Outdoor Center)

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/30/14

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/30/14

Hugo (HunterCourse)* * *CLASS IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

Washington County

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

07/31/14

Verndale

Wadena County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/31/14

Underwood

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/01/14

New Ulm* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Brown County

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

08/02/14

Crookston

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/02/14

Garden City

Blue Earth County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/14

Britt **Forkhorn Camp**

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/14

Hackensack **FORKHORN I CAMP**

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/14

Edina* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *SEE WAIT LIST INFO BELOW

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

08/04/14

Annandale

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/14

Brainerd

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/14

Barnum * * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Carlton County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLASSIS FULL* * *

08/04/14

Silver Bay

Lake County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/14

Lino Lakes - CLASS IS FULL

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

08/04/14

Royalton **CLASS IS FULL**

Morrison County

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

08/05/14

Edina * * *CLASS IS FULL* * *SEE WAIT LIST INFO BELOW

Hennepin County

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

08/05/14

Foley

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/05/14

Brewster

Nobles County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/05/14

Lakeville (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**NO WAITING LIST**

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/06/14

Alexandria

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/06/14

Hugo* * * CLASS IS FULL - * * *NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL

08/06/14

Plymouth

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/06/14

Coon Rapids

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/06/14

Badger

Roseau County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/07/14

Rockford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/07/14

Rosemount **CLASS IS FULL**

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/07/14

Forest Lake

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/07/14

Lino Lakes**CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/09/14

Pine City - CLASS IS FULL

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/10/14

Britt **Forkhorn Camp**

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/10/14

Duluth (HunterCourse)* * *COURSE IS FULL* * *

St. Louis County

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

08/11/14

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/11/14

Aitkin**CLASS IS FULL**

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/11/14

Big Lake* * * CLASS IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE * * *

Sherburne County

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

08/11/14

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/11/14

Spring Lake Park

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/12/14

Dassel

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/12/14

Carver

Carver County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/13/14

Albert Lea

Freeborn County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/14/14

South St. Paul - CLASS IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class- CLASS IS FULL

08/14/14

Nowthen

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/14

Motley

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/14

Grand Rapids **Mother Daughter Class** - CLASS IS FULL

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

08/16/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/16/14

Annandale (HunterCourse) **COURSE IS FULL**

Wright County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/16/14

Maple Grove (HunterCourse)

Hennepin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/16/14

Trimont (HunterCourse)

Martin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/18/14

Alexandria * * CLASS IS FULL* *

Douglas County

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

08/18/14

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/18/14

Hastings * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

08/18/14

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/18/14

Minneapolis

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/18/14

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/18/14

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/19/14

Lakeville (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**NO WAITING LIST**

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/20/14

St. Paul Park - **CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

08/21/14

Rogers **CLASS IS FULL**NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class - Class is FULL _ * * * NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

08/21/14

Dent

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/22/14

Rockford - CLASS IS FULL

Hennepin County

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

08/23/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse) * * * COURSE IS FULL* * *

Cass County

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

08/23/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse)* * *COURSE IS FULL * * *

Crow Wing County

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

08/26/14

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/30/14

Duluth

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class **MILITARY VETERANS ONLY**

08/30/14

Rochester**CLASS IS FULL**

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/02/14

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/02/14

Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/04/14

Rockville

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/05/14

Blaine

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/14

Tracy (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/08/14

Isle

Mille Lacs County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/14

Frazee

Becker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/09/14

Lake Elmo **CLASS IS FULL** NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

09/09/14

Tyler

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/11/14

Rogers**CLASS IS FULL** NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

09/11/14

Sleepy Eye

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/14

Thief River Falls (HunterCourse)

Pennington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/13/14

Winona

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/14

Pine City (HunterCourse)

Pine County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/15/14

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/14

Chanhassen **Women Only (11 years and older)**

Carver County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/20/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/20/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse)

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/20/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse)

Crow Wing County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/30/14

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/02/14

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/04/14

New Ulm (HunterCourse) * * * COURSE IS FULL * * *

Brown County

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

10/09/14

Rogers **CLASS IS FULL**NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * * CLASS IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE* * *

10/11/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse)

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/11/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse)

Crow Wing County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/14/14

Dassel

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/16/14

Grand Rapids **Parent Child Class** - CLASS IS FULL

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

10/24/14

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/25/14

Rochester (HunterCourse)

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

11/01/14

Blaine (HunterCourse)

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/02/15

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class