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. 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 name.

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10/17/19

Sauk Rapids ***COURSE FULL***

Benton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ***COURSE FULL***

10/18/19

New Ulm

Brown County

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

10/19/19

Rochester* * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Olmsted County

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

10/19/19

East Grand Forks* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Polk County

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

10/20/19

New Ulm* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Brown County

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

10/21/19

Hugo ***FIELD DAY IS FULL***

Washington County

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

10/23/19

Waubun ***COURSE FULL***

Mahnomen County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ***COURSE FULL***

10/26/19

Mantorville ***COURSE FULL***

Dodge County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***COURSE FULL***

10/27/19

Jordan* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Scott County

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

03/02/20

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/06/20

Hill City

Aitkin 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