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 »

01/19/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

01/22/19

Roseville

Ramsey County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

01/24/19

Harding

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

01/31/19

Cannon Falls

Goodhue County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/04/19

Prior Lake ***CLASS FULL***

Scott County

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

02/04/19

Waverly

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/04/19

Vermillion

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/05/19

Buffalo

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/14/19

Cottonwood

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/16/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

02/19/19

Houston

Houston County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/23/19

Fulda

Murray County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/25/19

Pierz

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/25/19

Buckman

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/25/19

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/26/19

Le Center

Le Sueur County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/02/19

Spring Valley

Fillmore County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/02/19

Wanamingo

Goodhue County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/04/19

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/04/19

Annandale

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/05/19

Watertown

Carver County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/05/19

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/07/19

Andover

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/12/19

Waconia

Carver County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/12/19

Montgomery

Le Sueur County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/16/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

03/19/19

Pequot Lakes

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/21/19

Marine on the St. Croix

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/21/19

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/25/19

Barrett ***CLASS FULL***

Grant County

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

04/04/19

Grand Meadow

Mower County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/06/19

St. Michael

Wright County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/09/19

Rockford

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/11/19

Princeton

Mille Lacs County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/11/19

Shakopee

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/16/19

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/20/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/26/19

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/27/19

St. Rosa

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/28/19

Marshall

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/29/19

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/04/19

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

05/07/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/18/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/15/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/15/19

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/20/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/22/19

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/03/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/08/19

Rockford

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/17/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/05/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day



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