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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09/03/15

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/15

New Richland

Waseca County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/08/15

Lake Elmo**CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/15

Bloomington* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Hennepin County

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

09/08/15

Rice

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/15

Brooklyn Park**CLASS IS FULL***

Hennepin County

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

09/08/15

Cloquet

Carlton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/08/15

Oak Grove

Anoka County

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

09/08/15

Virginia

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/10/15

Annandale* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

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

09/10/15

Sleepy Eye

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/10/15

Rockville

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/10/15

Robbinsdale * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLAS IS FULL * * *

09/10/15

Mounds View

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/11/15

St Cloud* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Stearns County

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

09/12/15

Annandale * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

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

09/12/15

Winona

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/15

Hutchinson (Hunter Course)**CLASS IS FULL**

McLeod County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/15

Hackensack (Hunter Course)**CLASS IS FULL***

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/15

Grand Rapids, MN (Hunter Course)**CLASS IS FULL**NO CALLS PLEASE**

Itasca County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/15

Edgerton (Hunter Course)

Pipestone County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/15

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/15

Easton (Hunter Course)

Faribault County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/15

Pillager (Hunter Course)**CLASS IS FULL**

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/14/15

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Zumbro Falls

Wabasha County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Isle

Mille Lacs County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Melrose

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Baxter* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Crow Wing County

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

09/14/15

Fairmont

Martin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Faribault

Rice County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Hinckley

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/15

Perham (Hunter Course)* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Otter Tail County

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

09/15/15

Hermantown***CLASS IS FULL***

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

09/15/15

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

09/15/15

Tyler

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/15

Duluth

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/15

South Haven* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

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

09/15/15

Apple Valley* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * CLASS IS FULL * *

09/15/15

Sandstone

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/15

Sherburn

Martin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/16/15

Brainerd

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/16/15

Belle Plaine (Hunter Course)

Scott County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/17/15

Princeton

Mille Lacs County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/18/15

Rochester, MN

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/19/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse)* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

09/19/15

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

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

09/19/15

Olivia (Hunter Course) * * *Class is FULL* * *

Renville County

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

09/21/15

Minneapolis

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/21/15

Frazee

Becker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/21/15

Hibbing

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/21/15

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/23/15

Hibbing (Hunter Course)

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/26/15

New Ulm* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Brown County

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

09/26/15

Halma (HunterCourse)

Kittson County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/26/15

Pine City (Hunter Course)***CLASS IS FULL***

Pine County

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

09/26/15

Grand Rapids (Hunter Course)**CLASS IS FULL**

Itasca County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/26/15

Zimmerman (Hunter Course)**CLASS IS FULL**

Sherburne County

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

09/27/15

Medford (Hunter Course)

Steele County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/29/15

Lakeville (Hunter Course) * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

10/03/15

Spicer (Hunter Course)

Kandiyohi County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/03/15

Stillwater (Hunter Course)* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

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

10/03/15

Sandstone (Hunter Course)* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Pine County

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

10/03/15

LeRoy (Hunter Course)

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/03/15

LeRoy (Hunter Course)

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/05/15

Iron

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/10/15

Palisade

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/10/15

Park Rapids (Hunter Course)* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Hubbard County

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

10/15/15

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

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

10/23/15

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/24/15

Rochester (Hunter Course)

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

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