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.

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02/19/19

Houston

Houston County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/20/19

Osseo

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/21/19

Dawson

Lac Qui Parle County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/21/19

Alexandria

Douglas 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

02/25/19

Hermantown ***CLASS FULL***

St. Louis County

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

02/25/19

Benson

Swift County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/25/19

Waseca

Waseca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/26/19

Le Center

Le Sueur County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/26/19

Kerkhoven

Swift County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/27/19

Champlin

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/28/19

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/01/19

Jordan

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/02/19

Adams

Mower 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

03/02/19

Madison Lake

Blue Earth County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/03/19

Richmond

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/04/19

Rush City

Chisago 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

03/04/19

Roseau

Roseau County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/04/19

Maple Lake

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/04/19

Minneota

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/04/19

Green Isle

Sibley County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/05/19

Watertown

Carver County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/05/19

Rosemount* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

03/05/19

Braham

Isanti County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/07/19

Long Prairie

Todd County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/07/19

Andover

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/07/19

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/08/19

St. Paul

Ramsey County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/09/19

Glencoe

McLeod County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/10/19

Hitterdal

Clay County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/11/19

Stewartville

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/11/19

Spring Lake Park

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/12/19

Warren

Marshall County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/12/19

Delano

Hennepin 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

03/12/19

Lester Prairie

McLeod County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/12/19

Arglye

Marshall County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/12/19

Redwood Falls

Redwood County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/16/19

Rochester* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Olmsted County

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

03/17/19

Corcoran

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/18/19

Clear Lake

Sherburne County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Pequot Lakes

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Dilworth

Clay County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Andover

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Virginia

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Slayton

Murray County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Moorhead

Clay County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Oslo

Marshall County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/19

Leroy

Mower County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/20/19

North St Paul

Ramsey 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

03/21/19

Glyndon

Clay County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/25/19

Barrett ***CLASS FULL***

Grant County

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

03/25/19

Rogers

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/25/19

Aurora

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/26/19

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/28/19

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/30/19

Hutchinson ***CLASS FULL***

McLeod County

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

03/30/19

Vergas

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/01/19

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/01/19

Audubon

Becker County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/01/19

Red Wing

Goodhue County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/01/19

Deer Creek

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/02/19

Rice

Benton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/02/19

Cold Spring

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/02/19

Blaine

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/04/19

Grand Meadow

Mower County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/05/19

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/06/19

St. Michael

Wright County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/06/19

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/06/19

Perham

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/09/19

Rockford

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/09/19

Pine City

Pine 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

04/11/19

Robinsdale

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/11/19

Chaska

Carver County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/13/19

Hutchinson

Meeker County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/16/19

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/16/19

East Grand Forks

Polk County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/16/19

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/17/19

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/18/19

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/20/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/22/19

Motley

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/23/19

Andover

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/25/19

South St Paul

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

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

05/02/19

Circle Pines

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/04/19

Plummer

Red Lake County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

05/04/19

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

05/07/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/13/19

Little Canada

Ramsey County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

05/13/19

Cook

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/18/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

05/18/19

Greaney

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/31/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/02/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/15/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/23/19

Little Falls

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/24/19

Hugo

Washington 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

07/22/19

Hugo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/30/19

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/31/19

Edina

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

08/10/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/12/19

Theif River Falls

Pennington 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

09/08/19

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Theif River Falls

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/05/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/18/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

10/20/19

New Ulm

Brown 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