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

  • Duplicate firearms certificates are available through any DNR License Agent or by calling toll free 1-888-646-6367 or local 651-296-6157.
  • 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.

07/21/18

Rochester* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Olmsted County

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

07/21/18

Aitkin * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

07/23/18

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day ***CLASS FULL***

07/23/18

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/23/18

Hinckley

Pine County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/23/18

Underwood

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/23/18

Cloquet

Carlton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/23/18

St Charles

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/23/18

LaSalle

Watonwan County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/24/18

Grand Rapids * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Itasca County

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

07/28/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Field Day (18 years and older)

07/28/18

Garden City

Blue Earth County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/30/18

Plymouth

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/30/18

Truman

Watonwan County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/30/18

Sacred Heart

Renville County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/31/18

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/31/18

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/31/18

Verndale

Wadena County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/01/18

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/01/18

Fergus Falls

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/01/18

St Paul Park

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/01/18

Coon Rapids

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/02/18

Rockford **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

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

08/02/18

Shakopee

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/02/18

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/02/18

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/04/18

Crookston**CLASS IS FULL**

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day***CLASS IS FULL***

08/04/18

Maple Grove * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL

Hennepin County

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

08/06/18

Brainerd ***CLASS FULL***

Crow Wing County

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

08/06/18

Big Lake * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

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

08/06/18

Worthington

Nobles County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/06/18

Plainview

Wabasha County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/07/18

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/07/18

Willmar

Kandiyohi County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/09/18

Rockford* * CLASS IS FULL * *

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

08/11/18

Rochester* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Olmsted County

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

08/11/18

Perham

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/11/18

Spring Valley

Fillmore County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/11/18

Trimont

Martin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/13/18

Cloquet * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Carlton County

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

08/13/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/18

Savage ***CLASS FULL***

Scott County

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

08/13/18

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/18

Little Canada ***CLASS FULL***

Ramsey County

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

08/13/18

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/18

Nevis

Hubbard County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/18

Zumbro Falls

Wabasha County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/18

Winthrop

Sibley County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/14/18

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/18

Elk River/Big Lake

Sherburne County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/16/18

South St Paul * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

08/16/18

Maplewood

Ramsey County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/17/18

New Ulm * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

08/18/18

Aitkin * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

08/18/18

McGregor ***CLASS FULL***

Aitkin County

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

08/19/18

New Ulm * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

08/19/18

Northfield

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/20/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/21/18

Miltona

Douglas County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/24/18

Cologne ***CLASS FULL***

Carver County

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

08/25/18

Princeton ***CLASS FULL***

Mille Lacs County

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

08/25/18

Royalton

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/30/18

Robbinsdale

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/05/18

Rockville

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/06/18

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/08/18

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/08/18

Princeton ***CLASS FULL****

Mille Lacs County

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

09/09/18

Tracy

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/09/18

Forest Lake PM**CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day**CLASS IS FULL**

09/09/18

Forest Lake AM**CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day**CLASS IS FULL**

09/10/18

Hugo***CLASS IS FULL***

Washington County

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

09/10/18

Melrose

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/11/18

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/13/18

Circle Pines

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/13/18

Princeton

Mille Lacs County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/15/18

Aitkin * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

09/15/18

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/17/18

Motley

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/23/18

Sleepy Eye

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/25/18

Dassel

Meeker County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/27/18

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

10/06/18

Helma

Kittson County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/06/18

Hill City

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/07/18

Duluth ***CLASS FULL***

Carlton County

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

10/13/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/13/18

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/15/18

Hugo

Washington 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