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 firearm safety class consists of a minimum of 12 hours of classroom and field experience in the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility.
  • The field experience allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle 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.

06/02/18

Park Rapids***FIELD DAY IS FULL***

Hubbard County

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

06/02/18

Pine City - **CLASS IS FULL**

Pine County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/04/18

Osseo

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/04/18

St James

Watonwan County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/04/18

Brainerd

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/04/18

Pipestone

Pipestone County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/05/18

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/06/18

Detroit Lakes

Becker County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/07/18

Perham

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Field Day (18 years and older)

06/09/18

Rochester* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Olmsted County

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

06/11/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/12/18

Moose Lake

Carlton County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/15/18

Helma

Kittson County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/16/18

Aitkin ***CLASS FULL***

Aitkin County

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

06/16/18

Forest Lake ***CLASS FULL***

Anoka County

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

06/18/18

Brooklyn Park ***CLASS FULL***

Hennepin County

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

06/22/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/24/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/06/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/08/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/09/18

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/09/18

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/14/18

Maple Lake

Wright County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/16/18

Graceville***CLASS IS FULL***

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

07/16/18

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/17/18

Warba ***CLASS FULL ***

Itasca County

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

07/21/18

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/21/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/23/18

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

07/26/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Field Day (18 years and older)

07/31/18

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training 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

08/04/18

Crookston

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/06/18

Brainerd

Crow Wing 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

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

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

08/14/18

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/18

South St Paul

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/17/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/18/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/18/18

McGregor

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/19/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

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

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/11/18

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/15/18

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/23/18

Sleepy Eye

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/25/18

Dassel

Meeker 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

Carlton County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/13/18

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line 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