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
youth shooting practiceOutdoor News Magazine special for youth

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.

Scroll table right to see more »

07/19/19

Oak Grove* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Anoka County

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

07/20/19

Rochester* * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Olmsted County

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

07/20/19

Aitkin* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

07/20/19

Maple Lake ***CLASS FULL****

Wright County

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

07/20/19

Hutchinson

McLeod County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/21/19

Corcoran ***CLASS FULL***

Hennepin County

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

07/21/19

Corcoran ***CLASS FULL***

Hennepin County

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

07/21/19

Detroit Lakes

Becker County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/22/19

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/22/19

Hugo* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day* * *CLASS IS FULL

07/22/19

Sacred Heart

Renville County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/22/19

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/22/19

St James

Watonwan County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/22/19

Appleton

Swift County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/23/19

Plymouth ***CLASS FULL***

Hennepin County

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

07/23/19

Verndale

Wadena County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/27/19

Garden City

Blue Earth County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/27/19

Spring Valley

Fillmore County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

07/29/19

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/29/19

Cloquet***CLASS IS FULL***

Carlton County

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

07/29/19

Nevis

Hubbard County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/29/19

Browerville

Todd County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/29/19

Truman

Martin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/30/19

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/30/19

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/31/19

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

07/31/19

St Paul

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/01/19

Chisago City ***CLASS FULL***

Chisago County

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

08/01/19

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/03/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/03/19

Madison Lake

Blue Earth County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/03/19

Maple Grove**CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

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

08/04/19

Redwood Falls

Redwood County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ***WAITING LIST ONLY***

08/05/19

Worthington

Nobles County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/05/19

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/05/19

Plainview

Wabasha County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/05/19

Spring Lake Park

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/05/19

Orono

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/06/19

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/06/19

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/06/19

Willmar

Kandiyohi County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/06/19

Hillman

Morrison County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/06/19 - 09/15/19

Brainerd

Crow Wing County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/07/19

Coon Rapids

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/08/19

Rockford* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Wright County

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

08/08/19

Pipestone

Pipestone County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/09/19

Staples

Wadena County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/10/19

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

Brown County

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

08/10/19

Spicer* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

Kandiyohi County

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

08/10/19

LaCrescent

Houston County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/10/19

Trimont

Martin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/12/19

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/12/19

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/12/19

Cloquet * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Carlton County

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

08/12/19

Big Lake* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

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

08/12/19

Staples ***CLASS FULL***

Todd County

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

08/12/19

North St Paul* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Ramsey County

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

08/12/19

Orono

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/12/19

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/19

Crookston

Polk County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/19

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/13/19

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/14/19

Worthington

Nobles County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/15/19

South St. Paul * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

08/15/19

Nowthen

Anoka County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/15/19

Sauk Rapids

Benton County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/16/19

Rockford

Hennepin County

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

08/16/19

Elk River

Sherburne County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/17/19

Rochester * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Olmsted County

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

08/17/19

Aitkin ***FIELD DAY IS FULL***

Aitkin County

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

08/17/19

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/17/19

Deer River

Itasca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/17/19

Perham

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/19/19

Hugo***CLASS IS FULL***

Washington County

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

08/19/19

Northfield ***CLASS FULL***

Dakota County

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

08/19/19

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/19/19

Zumbro Falls

Wabasha County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/21/19

Osseo

Hennepin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

08/24/19

East Grand Forks

Polk County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/24/19

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

08/29/19

Warba

Itasca County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/05/19

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/08/19

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/08/19

Duluth**CLASS IS FULL**

St. Louis County

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

09/08/19

Sleepy Eye

Brown County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/10/19

Sherburn

Martin County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/12/19

Princeton

Mille Lacs County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/14/19

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/17/19

Dundas

Rice County

Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

09/21/19

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/21/19

Aitkin* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

09/21/19

St. Cloud***CLASS IS FULL***

Stearns County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day **WOMEN & GIRLS ONLY**CLASS IS FULL**

09/23/19

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

Firearms Safety Online Field Day ~ Female Only!!

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

10/21/19

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

03/02/20

Wolverton

Wilkin 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