Virginia’s Hunter Safety Education Program
Formal hunter education efforts began in the late 1940s and later expanded nationwide until it is now required almost everywhere, including Virginia. Since the implementation of education, there has been a tremendous decline in hunting-related incidents across the country.
By completing and passing this Virginia-approved online hunting license course, you will have satisfied the educational requirement for Virginia’s Classroom Session.
Get Safe. Get Certified. It’s the Law!
Who Needs the Certificate?
Hunter education is mandatory for those 12-15 years old and first-time hunters.
Good in Other States
All states and provinces that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept Virginia Hunter Education certifications. Likewise, Virginia will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other states and provinces that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Why Hunter Education?
Since states have begun requiring hunter education, over the last 30 years hunting incidents have drastically decreased, while the number of hunters has increased. Today, hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities you can enjoy.
Minimum Age There are no minimum age requirements to take the Virginia Hunter’s Ed Course.
For More Information
For additional information on hunter education in Virginia contact:
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
4010 West Broad Street
P.O. Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230