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. Before choosing this option, see availability for a Field Day by checking currently scheduled classes below. Once you have completed the online course, you must attend a Field Day.

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.

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07/06/15

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/06/15

Fergus Falls

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/07/15

Lakeville (Hunter Course)*** CLASS IS FULL ***

Dakota County

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

07/10/15

Halma (HunterCourse)

Kittson County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/12/15

Wolf Lake

Becker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/13/15

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/13/15

Baxter

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

07/14/15

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/18/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse) * * * CLASS IS FULL

Aitkin County

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

07/20/15

Cloquet* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Carlton County

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

07/20/15

Hinckley

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/20/15

LaSalle

Watonwan County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/21/15

Lakeville (Hunter Course)* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

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

07/23/15

Underwood

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/24/15

Madison Lake

Blue Earth County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/24/15

Millville

Wabasha County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/27/15

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/27/15

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class**CLASS IS FULL**

07/27/15

Appleton

Swift County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/27/15

Sacred Heart

Renville County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/15

Hugo* * *CLASS IS FULL * * * WAIT LIST ONLY

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class* *CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY* *

07/28/15

Lake Elmo

Washington County

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

07/30/15

Shakopee

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/31/15

New Ulm* * * CLASS IS FULL * * * SEE WAIT LIST

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class***CLASS IS FULL**SEE WAIT LIST INFO

08/01/15

Crookston (HunterCourse)

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/03/15

Big Lake * ** * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLASSIS FULL * * *

08/03/15

Palisade

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/15

Annandale

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/15

Edina - **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/05/15

Edina - **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/05/15

Plymouth**CLASS IS FULL** WAITING LIST STARTED

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/05/15

Mound

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/06/15

Rockford

Wright County

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

08/06/15

Rosemount* * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class* * * CLASSIS FULL* * *

08/06/15

Forest Lake

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/11/15

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/15

Grand Rapids (Ladies Only Class)**CLASS IS FULL**

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/15/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse)* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Aitkin County

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

08/15/15

Palisade (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/15/15

Inver Grove Heights

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/15

Tracy (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/17/15

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/17/15

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/17/15

Chisago City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/17/15

Nowthen

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/21/15

Rockford

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/22/15

Annandale

Wright County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/24/15

Hugo (HunterCourse) ***Field Day is FULL***

Washington County

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

09/01/15

Arden Hills* * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Ramsey County

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

09/08/15

Lake Elmo**CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/10/15

Annandale

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/12/15

Annandale

Wright County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/12/15

Winona

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/14/15

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/19/15

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/19/15

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/26/15

New Ulm

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/26/15

Halma (HunterCourse)

Kittson County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/15/15

Grand Rapids

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class **CLASS IS FULL**

03/07/16

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearm Safety Training 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