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

Youth ages 11 – 17: Youth can complete the 12-hour online course at HunterCourse.com. It is recommended that you register your child for a Field Day BEFORE completing the online course; see availability for a Field Day by checking currently scheduled classes below.

Adults (18 and older)click here to start.

 

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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08/26/16

Elk River* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

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

08/27/16

Rochester - **CLASS IS FULL**

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/27/16

Windom

Cottonwood County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/28/16

Redwood Falls**CLASS IS FULL**

Redwood County

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

08/29/16

Nowthen *** CLASS FULL***

Anoka County

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

08/29/16

Bradford

Isanti County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/29/16

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/29/16

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/30/16

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/31/16

New Market

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/01/16

Rosemount* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

09/01/16

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/03/16

Forest Lake**CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

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

09/03/16

Cokato**CLASS IS FULL**

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

09/06/16

Lake Elmo

Washington County

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

09/06/16

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/16

Detroit Lakes

Becker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/16

Virginia

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/16

Lakeville *** CLASS FULL ***

Dakota County

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

09/06/16

Rice

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/16

Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/07/16

Rockville* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Stearns County

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

09/07/16

Hopkins *** CLASS FULL ***

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS FULL**

09/07/16

Alden

Freeborn County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/07/16

Hutchinson

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/10/16

Hutchinson***FIELD DAY IS FULL***

Meeker County

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

09/10/16

Easton***CLASS IS FULL***

Faribault County

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

09/10/16

Palisade

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/10/16

Winona

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/10/16

St Cloud* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Sherburne County

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

09/10/16

Pillager**CLASS IS FULL**

Cass County

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

09/10/16

Lewiston

Winona County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/10/16

Pine City *** CLASS FULL***

Pine County

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

09/10/16

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/11/16

Tracy (Hunter Course) * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Lyon County

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

09/12/16

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/16

Melrose

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/16

Zumbro Falls

Wabasha County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/16

Cloquet

Carlton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/16

Fairmont

Martin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/16

Isle

Mille Lacs County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

Apple Valley

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

Mora***CLASS IS FULL***

Kanabec County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

09/13/16

Tyler

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

Rosemount* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

09/13/16

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

South Haven

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

Oak Grove

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

Hopkins

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/16

Brainerd***CLASS IS FULL***

Crow Wing County

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

09/14/16

Osseo

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/16

Robbinsdale

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/17/16

Aitkin* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *WAIT LIST ONLY

Aitkin County

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

09/17/16

Hibbing *** CLASS FULL***

St. Louis County

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

09/17/16

Grygla

Marshall County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/19/16

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/19/16

Nevis

Hubbard County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/20/16

Lakeville ** CLASS FULL***

Dakota County

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

09/24/16

St Cloud***FIELD DAY IS FULL***

Sherburne County

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

10/01/16

Thief River Falls* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Pennington County

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

10/01/16

Halma

Kittson County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/01/16

Austin

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/08/16

Spicer***CLASS IS FULL***

Kandiyohi County

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

10/08/16

Lake Shore

Crow Wing County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/15/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * *

Brown County

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

10/17/16

Rollingstone

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/20/16

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/21/16

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class


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