Firearms Safety Certificates

A Firearms Safety Certificate is not valid before age 12; a certificate may be issued at age 11, but is not valid until the person reaches age 12.
  • Anyone under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to possess a firearm. “Guardian” means a legal guardian or someone age 18 or older selected by the parent or legal guardian to supervise the youth.
  • Youth age 12 and under may hunt small game without a firearms safety certificate, if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Youth age 11 and under may hunt wild turkeys without a firearms safety certificate if accompanied by a parent or guardian who has a certificate.
  • A person on active duty who has successfully completed basic training in the U.S. armed forces, Reserves, or National Guard may purchase a license or obtain approval that authorizes hunting without possessing a Firearms Safety Certificate.
  • A duplicate of a lost or destroyed Minnesota Firearms Safety, Snowmobile, or ATV Safety Certificate can be obtained at any ELS license agent. A duplicate certificate is $3.50.