Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

New in 2019: People with permanent physical disabilities may obtain a firearms hunting license with a provisional firearms safety certificate. In order to obtain a provisional firearms safety certificate, the individual will need to complete the classroom portion of the firearms safety program, and meet with a volunteer instructor regarding a provisional certification. While hunting, they must be accompanied and assisted by a parent, guardian or other adult.

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.

Four 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
  • Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
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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 title.

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DateTitleLocationCounty
04/09/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ChaskaCarver
04/09/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class LaCrescentHouston
04/13/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassThief River Falls **FULL**Pennington
04/13/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class MayerCarver
04/13/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class MarshallLyon
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class BloomingtonHennepin
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class EdinaHennepin
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class Little FallsMorrison
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassRiceBenton
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWarroadRoseau
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassSouth HavenWright
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMahnomenMahnomen
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassElySt. Louis
04/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class WillmarKandiyohi
04/15/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class EdinaHennepin
04/16/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class JordanScott
04/16/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class RobbinsdaleHennepin
04/16/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class PrincetonMille Lacs
04/16/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class Sauk RapidsBenton
04/17/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassDodge CenterDodge
04/17/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class GreenbushRoseau
04/18/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day St. MichaelWright
04/18/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayRochester **FULL**Olmsted
04/18/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class GlencoeMcLeod
04/18/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class VergasOtter Tail
04/20/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day Hugo **FULL**Washington
04/20/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMotleyMorrison
04/20/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class New Ulm **FULL**Brown
04/20/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class FinlaysonPine
04/21/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCrookstonPolk
04/21/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassDuluthSt. Louis
04/21/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWadenaWadena
04/23/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class Inver Grove Heights **FULL **Dakota
04/23/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassBaxterCrow Wing
04/25/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day Rochester **FULL**Olmsted
04/25/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day MilroyRedwood
04/26/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day DuluthSt. Louis
04/28/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassSouth St. Paul **FULL**Dakota
04/30/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day RiceBenton
04/30/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayGlenwoodPope
05/01/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMadison LakeBlue Earth
05/02/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayPlummerRed Lake
05/03/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day *** Mother and/or Daughters Only **Forest Lake **FULL**Anoka
05/08/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassOak GroveAnoka
05/11/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCookSt. Louis
05/16/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayRochester **FULL**Olmsted
05/16/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayOrrSt. Louis
06/03/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassNew PragueScott
06/05/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassTracyLyon
06/07/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayMarshallLyon
06/08/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day Little CanadaRamsey
06/09/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassGrand RapidsItasca
06/11/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayMoose Lake **FULL**Carlton
06/14/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassPalisadeAitkin
06/15/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class MinnetristaHennepin
06/20/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day Rochester **FULL**Olmsted
06/22/20CAMP - Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLittle FallsMorrison
07/07/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassGrand RapidsItasca
07/11/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayRochester ** FULL**Olmsted
07/12/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMaple PlainHennepin
07/12/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class PalisadeAitkin
07/13/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLewistonWinona
07/13/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class MinnetristaHennepin
07/14/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassGracevilleBig Stone
07/20/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMaple PlainHennepin
07/20/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLakevilleHennepin
07/20/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day Hugo ***FULL***Washington
07/20/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLewistonWinona
07/24/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassNew UlmBrown
07/25/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day East Grand ForksPolk
07/26/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day New UlmBrown
07/27/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassSt CharlesWinona
07/27/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class LakevilleHennepin
08/01/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayCrookstonPolk
08/02/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassPalisadeAitkin
08/03/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class MinnetristaHennepin
08/04/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassEdinaHennepin
08/04/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class CrookstonPolk
08/05/20Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassEdinaHennepin
08/08/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayRochesterOlmsted
08/24/20CAMP ~ Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMaple PlainHennepin
08/24/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***FEMALE ONLY *** HugoWashington
09/05/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day RochesterOlmsted
09/13/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day TracyLyon
09/28/20Firearms Safety Online Field Day HugoWashington
10/10/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayRochesterOlmsted
10/18/20Firearms Safety Online Field DayNew UlmBrown


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