How To Get A Medical Cannabis Card

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Step by Step Guide

Before submitting an application it’s good practice to double check that all required documents are accounted for. This will ensure timely processing of the application and avoid easy mistakes.

1. Physician Written Certification Form

  • Meet with your physician to discuss the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of your condition. This is an important  first step in the application process. Your doctor must complete and mail this form to the IL. Department of Public Health (DPH).
  • Download Certification Form – Click here

2. Complete & Signed Qualifying Patient Application Form

  • Fill in all parts of the application, choose a medical cannabis dispensing organization and sign the last page. You may also fill out the optional demographic information. If you do not want to designate a caregiver, don’t fill out that section of the application.
  • Link to Application – Click here
  • Under Illinois’ Compassionate Care Act, patients must select a dispensary they intend to purchase products from.
  • Transfer/Make Herbal Remedies Dispensary as your dispensary – Click here

3. Application Fees

  • Qualifying patients and caregivers may apply for a one, two, or three-year registry identification card. Persons who are receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and veterans may be eligible for a reduced application fee. (Page 2 of 4 on the Qualifying Patient Application form.
  • Application Fees are non-refundable. (Check or Money Order to Illinois Department of Public Health)

4. Photograph Requirements (Passport Compliant)

  • Taken in the last 30 days
  • Taken against a plain, white or off-white background or backdrop
  • In natural color (Do not use a filter)
  • Full-face view directly facing the camera with a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • At least 2 inches by 2 inches in size
  • It is recommended you use a passport photo vendor to ensure the photograph meets these requirements

5. Proof of Residency

  • You will need two items that prove you live in Illinois. The addresses on each of the documents must match the address on your application.
  • Bank statements, utility bills, state ID, driver’s license and voter ID cards are all acceptable.
  • Check the application for a full list.

6. Proof of Age & Identity

  • Submit a clear color copy of a valid, unexpired Illinois Driver’s License, Illinois State ID, or the photograph page of a US passport.

7. Fingerprint Consent Form & Receipt

8. Veterans (DD214)

9. Caregiver application (if applicable)

10. Designated Caregiver Application (for minor use) *

* For parents attempting to access medical cannabis for their children, two physician are required, with the parent or legal guardian serving as primary caregiver for the patient.


Application Forms & Delivery

Patients must mail their application, fees, and required documents (pdf) below.

Mail Application to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001