Hunter Education/Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

Online-only option

  • As a result of COVID-19, on an interim basis: Students age 14 and older may  complete the online training and a virtual field day instead of the traditional in-person field day by signing up for and completing the online hunter safety course. (Link is external) (If you want to attend an in-person field day, sign up for the Hybrid Online Option.)

Hybrid option

  • Students age 11 and older may complete their online hunter safety course at online hunter safety course (link is external).
    • Then, attend an in-person classroom review and firearms fundamentals session.
    • Students will finish with the field day portion.
  • The one-year expiration date for online hunter safety course vouchers (which are required for students to attend a field day) has been extended.

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

  • Students ages 12 and 13 who want to hunt this fall but are unable to complete their in-person field day are encouraged to use the apprentice hunter validation

REMINDER: Check now to make sure you have your firearms safety certificate. If you’ve misplaced it, see the “General information” below for instructions on obtaining a duplicate.

Classroom course option

  • Students ages 11 and older can attend a classroom-based firearms safety certification course and receive their certificate. The firearms safety certificate becomes valid at age 12.
    • 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 the additional field day.  
    • The field day 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.
    • The DNR course fee is $7.50, payable on-line after successful completion of course requirements. The instructor may charge a fee of up to $7.50 at the class or field day for any costs they incur.

Firearms Safety Certification for Adults (18 and older) »

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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:
  • 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!

Events Calendar

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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