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

10/02/14

Robbinsdale **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class **CLASS IS FULL**

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) * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Pine County

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

10/04/14

Rollingstone (HunterCourse) **CLASS IS FULL**

Winona County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/05/14

North Branch (Adult Only HunterCourse)

Chisago County

Adult Firearm Safety Field Day (18 years and older)

10/06/14

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/07/14

Inver Grove Heights - CLASS IS FULL

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

10/08/14

Sauk Rapids**CLASS IS FULL**

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

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

Forest Lake(HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**NO WAITING LIST**NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE**

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/11/14

LeRoy (HunterCourse) * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Mower County

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

10/14/14

Dassel **CLASS IS FULL**

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/14/14

Lakeville (HunterCourse) ***FIELD DAY FULL - NO WAIT LIST***

Dakota County

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

10/16/14

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

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

10/20/14

Anoka

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/22/14

Glenville

Freeborn County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/24/14

Dodge Center **CLASS IS FULL**

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/24/14

Isle

Mille Lacs County

Adult Firearm Safety Field Day (18 years and older)

10/25/14

Rochester (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/29/14

Anoka

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

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