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.

view a printable version

05/27/16

Freeport (Hunter Course) **CLASS FULL***

Stearns County

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

05/30/16

Lake Elmo* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Washington County

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

05/31/16

Lakeville* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Dakota County

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

06/06/16

St James

Watonwan County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/06/16

Twin Valley

Norman County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/07/16

Alexandria ** CLASS FULL** Waiting list available**

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class** CLASS FULL** Waiting list available**

06/07/16

Osseo

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/11/16

Perham

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/12/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/13/16

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

06/14/16

Lakeville* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Dakota County

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

06/18/16

Aitkin *** CLASS FULL***

Aitkin County

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

06/18/16

Middle River

Marshall County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/19/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/20/16

Almelund

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/24/16

New Ulm-CLASS IS FULL - SEE WAIT LIST INFO

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/26/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)Field Day is FULL - See WAIT LIST

Brown County

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

06/27/16

Lewsiton

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/08/16

New Ulm* * *CLASS IS FULL - SEE WAIT LIST* * *

Brown County

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

07/10/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)* * * CLASS IS FULL - SEE WAIT LIST INFO

Brown County

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

07/11/16

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/11/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/12/16

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/16/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/22/16

Madison Lake

Blue Earth County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/25/16

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/16

Hugo* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

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

07/31/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class / all Girls

08/01/16

Truman

Martin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/01/16

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/16

Edina***CLASS IS FULL***SeeWAIT LIST INFO**

Hennepin County

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

08/03/16

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/06/16

Crookston (Hunter Course)

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/07/16

Hackensack

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/08/16

Annandale ** CLASS FULL - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE **

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class ** CLASS FULL - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE **

08/11/16

Rockford * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASSIS FULL* * *

08/15/16

Palo

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/16

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/19/16

New Ulm* * *CLASS IS FULL - SEE WAIT LIST* * *

Brown County

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

08/20/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/20/16

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/21/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL - SEE WAIT LIST INFO* * *

Brown County

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

08/22/16

Hugo *** CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

08/22/16

Maple Plain

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/16

Lake Elmo

Washington County

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

09/10/16

Hutchinson

Meeker County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/11/16

Tracy (Hunter Course)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/16

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

Mora

Kanabec County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/17/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/19/16

Theif River Falls

Pennington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/01/16

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/15/16

New Ulm (Hunter Course)

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/20/16

Grand Rapids

Itasca 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