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.

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03/01/15

Hanover

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Prior Lake * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Scott County

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

03/02/15

Minneota

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Duluth * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

St. Louis County

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

03/02/15

Henning

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Rush City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/15

Battle Lake

Otter Tail 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

03/03/15

Cambridge

Isanti County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/15

Winnebago

Faribault County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/15

Rosemount * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

03/03/15

Wabasha

Wabasha County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/04/15

Roseville***CLASS IS FULL***

Ramsey County

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

03/04/15

East Bethel * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Anoka County

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

03/04/15

Champlin

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/05/15

Long Prairie

Todd County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/05/15

Rosemount * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

03/05/15

Cambridge

Isanti 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

03/07/15

Easton (HunterCourse)

Faribault County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/09/15

Duluth* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

St. Louis County

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

03/09/15

Spring Lake Park

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/09/15

Roseau

Roseau County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/09/15

Lakefield

Jackson County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Jackson

Jackson County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Caledonia

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Delano

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Slayton

Murray County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Lake Elmo **CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Moorhead

Clay County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/15

Preston

Fillmore County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/12/15

Marine St. Croix

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/12/15

Morristown (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Rice County

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

03/12/15

Royalton (HunterCourse)

Morrison County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/13/15

Austin (HunterCourse)

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/15/15

Corcoran

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/16/15

Palo

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/16/15

Stewartville

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/16/15

Blaine

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/16/15

Virginia

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Waconia *** CLASS IS FULL***

Carver County

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

03/17/15

Morristown

Rice County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Hoyt Lakes

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Dilworth

Clay County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Oslo

Marshall County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Le Center

Le Sueur County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Blue Earth

Faribault County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Mountain Iron

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/15

Windom

Cottonwood County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/18/15

Belle Plaine (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Scott County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/18/15

North St. Paul

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/19/15

Scandia

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/19/15

Glyndon

Clay County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/23/15

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/23/15

Alexandria

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/24/15

Arden Hills **CLASS IS FULL**

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/24/15

Argyle

Marshall County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/24/15

Darwin

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/28/15

Zumbrota (HunterCourse)

Goodhue County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/28/15

Zimmerman

Sherburne County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/30/15

Fairmont

Martin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/30/15

Audubon

Becker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/30/15

Bradford

Isanti County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/30/15

Le Roy

Mower County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/02/15

Grand Meadow

Mower County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/02/15

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/06/15

Lake City

Wabasha County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/06/15

Rogers

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Cold Spring

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Janesville

Waseca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Andover

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Ortonville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Wayzata

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Belview

Redwood County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Elizabeth

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Ely

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/15

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/08/15

Grand Marais

Cook County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/08/15

Sauk Rapids**CLASS IS FULL**

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Morgan

Redwood County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Rockford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Forest Lake

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Shakopee

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Karlstad

Kittson County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/15

Nashwauk

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/10/15

New Ulm * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Brown County

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

04/10/15

Dodge Center * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dodge County

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

04/10/15

Brandon

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/11/15

St. Michael* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

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

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

04/14/15

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/14/15

South Haven

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/15/15

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/16/15

South St. Paul

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/18/15

Rochester

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/18/15

Spicer (HunterCourse)

Kandiyohi County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/18/15

Rockford

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/20/15

Andover

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/21/15

East Grand Forks

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/23/15

Morris (HunterCourse)

Stevens County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/24/15

Austin (HunterCourse)

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/25/15

Plummer (HunterCourse)

Red Lake County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/27/15

Barnum * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Carlton County

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

04/27/15

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/27/15

Flinlayson

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/30/15

Glenwood (HunterCourse)

Pope County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/01/15

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/02/15

Glencoe

McLeod 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

05/09/15

Spicer (HunterCourse)

Kandiyohi County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/11/15

Hugo (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/16/15

Greaney (HunterCourse)

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/30/15

Park Rapids (HunterCourse)

Hubbard County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/05/15

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/06/15

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/10/15

Halma (HunterCourse)

Kittson County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

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

08/04/15

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/05/15

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

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

09/26/15

Halma (HunterCourse)

Kittson 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