Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

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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

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. It is recommended that you register your child for a Field Day BEFORE completing the online course; see availability for a Field Day 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!

Calendar of firearms classes

Click on the course name for details.

view a printable version

02/11/16

Cannon Falls* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Goodhue County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

02/15/16

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/16/16

La Crescent

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/16/16

Alexandria

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/17/16

Osseo - **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/22/16

Pierz

Morrison County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/22/16

Darfur

Watonwan County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/22/16

Clear Lake

Sherburne County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/22/16

Buckman

Morrison County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/22/16

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/23/16

Cottonwood

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/23/16

Kerkhoven

Swift County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/23/16

Rochester

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/27/16

Royalton* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

Morrison County

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

02/27/16

Fulda

Murray County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/28/16

Richmond

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/29/16

Hermantown

County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/29/16

Waseca

Waseca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

02/29/16

Benson

Swift County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/01/16

Waconia

Carver County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/01/16

Lester Prairie* * *Call to be PLACED ON WAIT LIST* * *

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

03/01/16

Ridgeway

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/01/16

Lake Elmo* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

03/01/16

Wabasha

Wabasha County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/01/16

Battle Lake

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/16

Champlin

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/02/16

Roseville

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/16

Andover*** CLASS FULL***

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class *** CLASS IS FULL ***

03/03/16

St. Croix

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/16

Montgomery

Le Sueur County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/16

Sauk Rapids

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/16

Long Prairie

Todd County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/16

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/03/16

Hawley

Clay County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/04/16

Maple Plain* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

03/05/16

Spring Valley

Fillmore County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/05/16

Wanamingo

Goodhue County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/06/16

Hanover

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/16

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/16

Emily

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/16

Roseau

Roseau County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/16

Henning

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/16

Minneota Area - To Be Determined

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/16

Rush City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/07/16

Minneota

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/08/16

Delano

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/08/16

Rosemount

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/08/16

Spring Grove

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/10/16

Caledonia

Houston County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/12/16

Austin ***CLASS FULL***

Mower County

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

03/14/16

Stewartville

Olmsted County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/14/16

Lakefield

Jackson County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/14/16

Spring Lake Park

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/14/16

Anoka

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/15/16

Jackson

Jackson County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/15/16

Argyle

Marshall County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/15/16

Warren

Marshall County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/15/16

Blue Earth

Blue Earth County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/15/16

Slayton

Murray County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/15/16

LeRoy

Mower County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/15/16

Dilworth

Clay County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/17/16

Glyndon

Clay County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/20/16

Corcoran

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/21/16

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/22/16

LeCenter

Le Sueur County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/22/16

Blaine

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/22/16

Elizabeth

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/25/16

Elk River * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

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

03/28/16

Audubon

Becker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/28/16

Virginia

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/29/16

Ely

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/29/16

Darwin

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

03/29/16

Red Wing

Goodhue County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/02/16

Zumrota

Goodhue County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/02/16

Glencoe

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/03/16

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/04/16

Farmingtion

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/04/16

Marshall

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/05/16

Cold Spring

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/05/16

Andover

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/05/16

Pine City

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/05/16

Menahga

Wadena County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/06/16

New Prague

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/16

Forest Lake

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/16

Grand Medow

Mower County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/07/16

Rockford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/08/16

Madison Lake

Blue Earth County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/08/16

Hayfield

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/08/16

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/16

Glencoe

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/09/16

St Michael

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/11/16

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/12/16

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/12/16

Morristown

Rice County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/13/16

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/14/16

South St. Paul

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/18/16

Andover

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/19/16

Bloomington

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/19/16

East Grand Folks

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/23/16

Rochester

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/25/16

Hugo *** CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

05/02/16

Annandale

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/03/16

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/07/16

Plummer

Red Lake County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/10/16

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/13/16

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/15/16

Marshall

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/16/16

Cook

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/22/16

Greaney

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/13/16

Hugo ***CLASS FULL***

Washington County

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

06/24/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/26/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/08/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/10/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/11/16

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/12/16

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/25/16

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/16

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/16

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/06/16

Crookston

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/11/16

Rockford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/16

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/19/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/21/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/22/16

Hugo

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/22/16

Maple Plain

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/11/16

Tracy

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/16

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/15/16

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line 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