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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05/26/15

Hendricks

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/30/15

Park Rapids (HunterCourse)***CLASS IS FULL***

Hubbard County

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

06/02/15

Lakeville (HunterCourse)

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/05/15

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class* *LASS IS FULL* *WAITING LIST INFO BELOW* *

06/06/15

La Crecent (HunterCourse)

Houston County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/08/15

Henderson

Sibley County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/15/15

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class **CLASS IS FULL**

06/15/15

Brewster

Nobles County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/16/15

Hutchinson

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/16/15

Lakeville (HunterCourse)

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/20/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/20/15

Rapids Lake (HunterCourse)

Carver County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/22/15

Watertown

Carver County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/06/15

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

07/13/15

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/14/15

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/18/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/20/15

Cloquet

Carlton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/27/15

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/27/15

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/15

Hugo

Washington 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

08/03/15

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

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***CLASS IS FULL***

08/11/15

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/15

Grand Rapids (Ladies Only Class)**CLASS IS FULL**

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/15/15

Palisade (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/16/15

Tracy (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/24/15

Hugo (HunterCourse) ***Field Day is FULL***

Washington County

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

09/01/15

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/15

Lake Elmo**CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/19/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

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

10/15/15

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class***PLEASE SEE REGISTRATION INFO BELOW***

03/07/16

Wolverton

Wilkin 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