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. Consider registering your child for a field day before they complete the online course; see availability by checking currently scheduled classes below.

Adults (18 and older)click here to start.

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 call
    • Completed training in 2011 or since: 800-366-8917 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) 
    • Completed training before 2011: 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157 (M-F 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • 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.

Scroll table right to see more »

06/15/19

Rochester* * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Olmsted County

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

06/15/19

Aitkin* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

06/15/19

Littlefork

Koochiching County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/17/19

Twin Valley

Norman County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/21/19

Miltona

Douglas County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/21/19

Halma

Kittson County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/23/19

Little Falls

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/24/19

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

06/29/19

Mc Gregor

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/08/19

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/08/19

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/10/19

Mound

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/14/19

Miltona

Douglas County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/15/19

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/15/19

Hinkley

Pine County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/15/19

Annandale

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/19/19

Oak Grove* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Anoka County

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

07/20/19

Rochester* * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Olmsted County

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

07/20/19

Aitkin* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

07/20/19

Maple Lake

Wright County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/21/19

Corcoran

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/21/19

Corcoran ***CLASS FULL***

Hennepin County

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

07/22/19

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/22/19

Hugo* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* * *CLASS IS FULL

07/22/19

Sacred Heart

Renville County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/22/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/23/19

Plymouth

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/29/19

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/29/19

Cloquet

Carlton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/29/19

Nevis

Hubbard County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/30/19

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/31/19

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/31/19

St Paul

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/01/19

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/03/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/04/19

Redwood Falls

Redwood County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/05/19

Worthington

Nobles County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/05/19

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/06/19

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/08/19

Rockford* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

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

08/10/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/10/19

Spicer* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Kandiyohi County

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

08/12/19

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/12/19

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/12/19

Cloquet

Carlton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/12/19

Big Lake

Sherburne County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/12/19

Staples

Todd County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/14/19

Worthington

Nobles County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/15/19

South St. Paul

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/17/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/17/19

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/17/19

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/19/19

Hugo***CLASS IS FULL***

Washington County

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

08/19/19

Northfield ***CLASS FULL***

Dakota County

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

08/24/19

East Grand Forks

Polk County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/29/19

Warba

Itasca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/05/19

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/08/19

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/23/19

Hugo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ~ Female Only!!

10/05/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/18/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

10/20/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

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