Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

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
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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 firearms safety class consists of a minimum of 12 hours of classroom learning on the safe handling of firearms, hunter responsibility and wildlife conservation. Students then complete additional field experience.  
  • The field experience consists of seven required scenario-based training opportunities. These scenarios allow students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes shooting a .22 caliber rifle on a 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. Attending a field day is required.

Field days fill up quickly! Register your child for a field day now while they complete their online course.

Firearms Safety Certification for Adults (18 and older) »

General information

  • Purchase a duplicate firearms safety certificate online or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. 
  • For more information or assistance with purchasing a duplicate safety certificate:
  • 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!

Courses

To view detailed information about a class or field day, click on its name.

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08/24/19

East Grand Forks * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Polk County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day * * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

08/24/19

Lewiston ***CLASS FULL***

Winona County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day *** CLASS FULL***

08/24/19

Eagan* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

08/24/19

Royalton * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day * * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

08/26/19

Lafayette

Nicollet County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/26/19

Bradford

Itasca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/29/19

Warba ***CLASS FULL***

Itasca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ***CLASS FULL**

08/29/19

Rosemount ***CLASS FULL***

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ***CLASS FULL***

09/03/19

Rice

Benton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/03/19

Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/04/19

Hopkins

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/04/19

Rockville

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/05/19

Pelican Rapids * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

09/05/19

Detroit Lakes

Becker County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/07/19

Bemidji ***CLASS FULL***

Beltrami County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***CLASS FULL***

09/07/19

Grygla

Marshall County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/07/19

Babbitt***CLASS IS FULL***

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day**CLASS IS FULL**

09/08/19

Tracy * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day * * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/08/19

Duluth**CLASS IS FULL**

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day**CLASS IS FULL**

09/08/19

Sleepy Eye * * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day * * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/08/19

Fergus Falls

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/09/19

Little Canada

Ramsey County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/09/19

Faribault

Rice County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/09/19

Melrose

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/09/19

Fairmont

Martin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/10/19

Sherburn

Martin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/10/19

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/10/19

Tyler

Lincoln County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/10/19

South Haven* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class* * *Class is FULL* * *

09/10/19

Oakgrove

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/11/19

Brainerd **CLASS FULL**

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class **CLASS FULL***

09/12/19

Princeton * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Mille Lacs County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

09/14/19

Montevideo * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Chippewa County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/14/19

Maple Grove ***CLASS FULL***

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***CLASS FULL***

09/14/19

Lester Prairie* * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

McLeod County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/15/19

Lester Prairie * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

McLeod County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/16/19

Motley

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/17/19

Dundas

Rice County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/17/19

Duluth

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/18/19

Virginia

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Rochester * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* ** FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/21/19

Thief River Falls * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day * * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

09/21/19

Aitkin* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

09/21/19

St. Cloud***CLASS IS FULL***

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day **WOMEN & GIRLS ONLY**CLASS IS FULL**

09/21/19

Hill City ***CLASS FULL***

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***CLASS FULL***

09/23/19

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ~ Female Only!!

09/23/19

Red Lake

Beltrami County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/26/19

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/28/19

Halma

Kittson County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/04/19

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

10/05/19

Rochester ***CLASS FULL***

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***CLASS FULL***

10/18/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

10/20/19

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

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL

10/21/19

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***CLASS FULL***

03/02/20

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom 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