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

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

01/26/15

Prinsburg

Kandiyohi County

Firearm Safety Training Class

01/27/15

Buffalo

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/02/15

Vermillion

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/03/15

Cokato

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/03/15

Roseville

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/03/15

New London

Kandiyohi County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/03/15

Osseo **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/03/15

Finlayson

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/05/15

Cannon Falls

Goodhue County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/10/15

Houston

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/12/15

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/16/15

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/19/15

La Crescent

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/19/15

La Crescent **LADIES ONLY**MOTHER/DAUGHTER**

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/21/15

Fulda

Murray County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/23/15

Pequot Lakes

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/23/15

Buckman

Morrison County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/23/15

Pierz

Morrison County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/23/15

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/24/15

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/25/15

Fridley

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/26/15

Cottonwood

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Duluth

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/15

Houston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/15

Montgomery

Le Sueur County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/15

Kerkhoven

Swift County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/04/15

Roseville

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/05/15

Long Prairie

Todd County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/15

Spring Valley

Fillmore County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/15

Wanamingo

Goodhue County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/09/15

Duluth* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

St. Louis County

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

03/10/15

Jackson

Jackson County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Caledonia

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/12/15

Marine St. Croix

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/12/15

Morristown (HunterCourse)

Rice County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/15/15

Corcoran

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Waconia

Carver County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Morristown

Rice County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/24/15

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/02/15

Grand Meadow

Mower County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Morgan

Redwood County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Rockford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/10/15

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/10/15

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/13/15

Red Wing

Goodhue County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/14/15

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/14/15

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/18/15

Rochester

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/01/15

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/03/15

Marshall (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/05/15

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/11/15

Hugo (HunterCourse)

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/05/15

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/13/15

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/14/15

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/27/15

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/31/15

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/01/15

Crookston (HunterCourse)

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/06/15

Rockford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/11/15

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/15

Tracy (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/24/15

Hugo (HunterCourse)

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/01/15

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/26/15

New Ulm

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