Virginia Hunting Laws and Regulations

Passing this Hunting safety course will complete your online safety education for Virginia.

Do you need Virginia Hunting education?


You need education if you are 12 through 15 years of age or a first-time hunter.

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

You must be a resident of Virginia to take the online course.


Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Why Hunting Safety Education Is Important

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.


All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Virginia will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Virginia Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions