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. In order to obtain a provisional firearms safety certificate, the individual will need to complete the classroom portion of the firearms safety program, and meet with a volunteer instructor regarding a provisional certification. 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.

Scroll table right to see more »

01/28/20

Roseville* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Ramsey County

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

01/30/20

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

01/30/20

Cannon Falls

Goodhue County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/03/20

Vermillion ***CLASS FULL***

Dakota County

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

02/03/20

Waverly

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/04/20

Buffalo

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/04/20

Appleton

Swift County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/04/20

Rothsay

Wilkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/05/20

Clara City

Chippewa County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/10/20

Buckman

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/10/20

Pierz

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/11/20

Houston

Houston County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/13/20

Cottonwood

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/22/20

Rochester* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Olmsted County

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

02/22/20

Henserson

Sibley County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/24/20

Pequot Lakes

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/24/20

Waseca

Waseca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/24/20

Benson

Swift County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/24/20

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/25/20

Le Center

Le Sueur County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/27/20

Murdock

Swift County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/29/20

Fulda

Murray County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

02/29/20

Wanamingo

Goodhue County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/02/20

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/02/20

Clear Lake

Sherburne County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/02/20

Hermantown

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/02/20

Rush City

Chisago County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/04/20

Andover

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/07/20

Spring Valley

Fillmore County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/08/20

Hitterdahl

Clay County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/09/20

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/09/20

North St. Paul

Ramsey County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/10/20

Montgomery

Le Sueur County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/10/20

Watertown

Carver County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/10/20

Delano

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/10/20

Braham

Isanti County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/10/20

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/16/20

Annandale

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/16/20

Stewartville

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/17/20

Waconia

Carver County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/17/20

Slayton

Murray County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/17/20

Dilworth

Clay County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/17/20

Caledonia

Houston County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/19/20

Marine

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/21/20

Rochester ***CLASS FULL***

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***CALSS FULL***

03/24/20

Foley

Benton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/24/20

Blaine

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/24/20

Waterville

Rice County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

03/30/20

Roger ***CLASS FULL***

Hennepin County

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

03/30/20

Audubon

Becker County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/01/20

North St. Paul

Ramsey County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/02/20

Grand Meadow

Mower County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/02/20

Rockford

Wright County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/06/20

Hill City

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/06/20

Deer Creek

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/07/20

Andover

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/07/20

Pine City

Pine County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/14/20

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/14/20

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/15/20

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/17/20

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/18/20

St. Michael

Wright County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/20/20

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

04/21/20

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/23/20

Inver Grove Heights

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

04/25/20

Rochester ***CLASS FULL***

Olmsted County

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

04/25/20

Milroy

Redwood County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

04/28/20

South St. Paul

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/02/20

Plummer

Red Lake County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

05/03/20

Forest Lake ***CLASS FULL***

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day *** Mother and/or Daughters Only ***CLASS FULL***

05/11/20

Cook

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

05/16/20

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

05/16/20

Orr

St. Louis County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/05/20

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

06/07/20

Marshall

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

06/20/20

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/11/20

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/13/20

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/14/20

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/20/20

Hugo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/01/20

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/04/20

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/05/20

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/08/20

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/24/20

Hugo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/05/20

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/13/20

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

10/10/20

Rochester

Olmsted 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