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.

09/20/18

Apple Valley***CLASS IS FULL***

Dakota County

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

09/20/18

Clearwater

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/21/18

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/22/18

Sandstone* * FIELD DAY IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Mille Lacs County

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

09/23/18

Sleepy Eye * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Brown County

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

09/23/18

Detroit Lakes * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Becker County

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

09/23/18

Medford * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Steele County

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

09/24/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/24/18

Iron * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

St. Louis County

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

09/25/18

Dassel ***CLASS FULL***

Meeker County

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

09/27/18

Baxter* * *CLASS IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Crow Wing County

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

09/29/18

Dawson ***CLASS FULL***

Lac Qui Parle County

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

09/29/18

Pillager ***CLASS FULL***

Cass County

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

09/29/18

Forest Lake ***CLASS FULL*** No phone calls please

Anoka County

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

10/05/18

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

10/06/18

Helma

Kittson County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/06/18

Hill City* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL - NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Aitkin County

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

10/06/18

Forest Lake ***CLASS FULL***

Anoka County

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

10/06/18

Pine City ***CLASS FULL*** NO phone calls please!!!

Pine County

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

10/06/18

Hibbing **CLASS FULL*** No calls please

St. Louis County

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

10/06/18

Gibbon ***CLASS FULL*** PLEASE NO CALLS!

Sibley County

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

10/07/18

Duluth ***CLASS FULL***NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Carlton County

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

10/12/18

Sauk Rapids

Benton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

10/13/18

New Ulm * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Brown County

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

10/13/18

Rochester* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Olmsted County

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

10/15/18

Hugo ***FIELD DAY IS FULL***NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Washington County

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

10/18/18

Kasota

Blue Earth County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/27/18

Rochester* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Olmsted County

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

10/28/18

Morristown ***CLASS FULL*** NO calls please

Rice County

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

10/28/18

Pipestone

Pipestone 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