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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07/25/16

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/25/16

Wood Lake

Yellow Medicine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/25/16

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/25/16

Underwood

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/26/16

Lakeville **CLASS IS FULL** No Wait List

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/26/16

Floodwood ***CLASS FULL ***

St. Louis County

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

07/28/16

Hugo* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

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

07/30/16

Garden City

Blue Earth County

Firearm Safety Training Class

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

08/01/16

Maplewood *** CLASS FULL ***

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class ** CLASS FULL**

08/01/16

Hugo* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

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

08/01/16

Hugo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/01/16

Maple Lake

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/16

Edina***CLASS IS FULL***See WAIT LIST INFO**

Hennepin County

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

08/02/16

Warba* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Itasca County

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

08/02/16

Lake Elmo***CLASS IS FULL***

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/16

Eden Prairie

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/16

Foley

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/16

Verndale

Wadena County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/16

Edina - **CLASS IS FULL** See Wait List Info

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/16

St. Paul Park

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/16

Plymouth

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/16

Coon Rapids

County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/16

Shakopee

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/16

Forest Lake

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/16

Rosemount* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

08/06/16

Crookston (Hunter Course)

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/06/16

North Mankato ***CLASS FULL ***

Nicollet County

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

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 **

08/08/16

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/08/16

Big Lake - CLASS IS FULL

Sherburne County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

08/08/16

Silver Lake

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/08/16

Browerville

Todd County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/08/16

Monticello

Wright County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/09/16

Brainerd ***CLASS FULL***

Crow Wing County

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

08/09/16

Lakeville **CLASS FULL** - NO WAITING LIST

Dakota County

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

08/11/16

Rockford * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

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

08/11/16

St Joseph* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Stearns County

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

08/11/16

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/12/16

Lake Benton

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/13/16

Palisade

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/13/16

Royalton* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Morrison County

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

08/13/16

Maple Grove* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Hennepin County

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

08/13/16

Trimont

Martin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/13/16

Eagan *** CLASS FULL ***

Dakota County

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

08/14/16

Duluth

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/15/16

Palo

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/16

Dawson

Lac Qui Parle County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/16

Spring Lake Park

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/16

Henderson

Sibley County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/16

Dawson - Female only class

Lac Qui Parle County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/16

Cloquet

Carlton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/16

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/16

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/18/16

Sauk Rapids **CLASS FULL **

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class ** CLASS FULL***

08/18/16

South St. Paul

Dakota 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* * *

08/19/16

Rockford

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

08/20/16

Aitkin* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day* * *WAIT LIS TONLY* ** *

08/20/16

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/20/16

Laporte

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

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*** CLASS FULL ***

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class ** CLASS FULL **

08/22/16

Northfield

Rice County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/22/16

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/22/16

Brainerd

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/22/16

Darfur

Watonwan County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/23/16

Lakeville **CLASS FULL** - NO WAITING LIST

Dakota County

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

08/29/16

Nowthen

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/16

Lake Elmo

Washington County

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

09/06/16

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/07/16

Rockville

Stearns 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

Faribault County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/10/16

Palisade

Aitkin 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

09/13/16

Tyler

Lincoln County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/13/16

Rosemount

Dakota 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* * *

09/19/16

Thief 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)* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * *

Brown County

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

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