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

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 * * *

08/23/14

Duluth (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

St. Louis County

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

08/25/14

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/25/14

Grand Rapids * * * CLASS IS FULL* * *

Itasca County

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

08/25/14

Brainerd

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/26/14

Crookston - CLASS IS FULL, NO WAITING LIST

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL, NO WAITING LIST

08/26/14

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/26/14

Stewart

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/27/14

Brainerd

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/27/14

New Market

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/28/14

Rosemount * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

08/28/14

Chisholm (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/29/14

Elk River

Sherburne County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

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

08/30/14

Windom (HunterCourse)

Cottonwood County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/02/14

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/02/14

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/02/14

Brooklyn Park - CLASS IS FULL

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

09/02/14

Virginia

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/02/14

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

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/04/14

Rockville

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/04/14

Hutchinson

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/04/14

Kilkenny

Le Sueur County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/05/14

Blaine**CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/05/14

Garrison (HunterCourse)

Crow Wing County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/06/14

Tracy (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/06/14

Grygla (HunterCourse)

Beltrami County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/06/14

Lewiston (HunterCourse)

Winona County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/06/14

Minneapolis

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/14

Grygla (HunterCourse)

Marshall County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/07/14

Solway (HunterCourse)

Hubbard County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/08/14

Isle

Mille Lacs County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/14

Frazee**CLASS IS FULL**

Becker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/14

Faribault

Rice County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/14

Fairmont

Martin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/14

Melrose

Stearns 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 * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * C:ASS IS FULL * * NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

09/09/14

Rosemount * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *class is full* * *

09/09/14

Ramsey* * *CLASS IS FULL - NO WAITING LIST - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE* * *

Anoka County

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

09/09/14

Darwin

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/09/14

South Haven

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/09/14

Apple Valley

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/10/14

Brainerd

Crow Wing 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

09/12/14

South St. Paul * * *CLASS IS FULL * **

Dakota County

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

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)**CLASS IS FULL**

Pine County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/13/14

St. Cloud (HunterCourse) * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/14/14

Le Sueur (HunterCourse) **CLASS IS FULL**

Le Sueur County

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

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

09/15/14

Babbitt

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/14

Zumbro Falls

Wabasha County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/14

New Brighton

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class - Class is Full

09/16/14

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

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/16/14

Duluth

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/16/14

Sandstone

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/16/14

Hibbing

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/18/14

Princeton

Mille Lacs County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/18/14

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/19/14

Rochester

Olmsted County

Youth Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/20/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Aitkin County

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

09/20/14

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

Cass County

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

09/20/14

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

Crow Wing County

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

09/21/14

Hugo (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

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

09/27/14

Halma (HunterCourse)

Kittson County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/27/14

Zimmerman (HunterCourse)

Sherburne County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/27/14

St. Cloud (HunterCourse) * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/30/14

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/02/14

Robbinsdale

Hennepin 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 * * *

10/04/14

Sandstone (HunterCourse)

Pine County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

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) * * *COURSEIS FULL * * *

Cass County

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

10/11/14

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

Crow Wing County

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

10/11/14

LeRoy (HunterCourse)

Mower 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) ***CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/02/15

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class