Who can apply?
To receive a medical marijuana registration card, you must:
How do I apply for a card?
- Be a Colorado resident. Proof of identity and residency will be required with your application.
- Be receiving treatment for a qualifying medical condition.
- Be examined by a doctor with whom you have a bona fide physician-patient relationship.
- Submit a complete application packet. (Forms available at all clinics)
You must submit a complete application packet, which includes:
1.Application for Registration Card or Medical Marijuana Registry Card Application for Patients Under 18 Years of Age.
2. A physician certification completed by your doctor. This form is included with the application form above.
3. A copy of your Colorado ID. If you do not have a Colorado ID, submit proof of identity and Colorado residency. The application instructions include a list of documents we accept.
4. Caregiver Acknowledgement and a copy of your caregiver’s valid ID, if a caregiver is listed on your form.
5. A check or money order made out to CDPHE for the application fee of $15.00,Request for Fee Waiver/Tax Exempt Status and supporting materials.
Application Processing Address:
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
How do I renew my card?
You must submit a renewal application every year to remain on the registry. The renewal process is identical to the new patient application process. To avoid delays in service, send your paperwork to us 45 to 60 days before your current card expires. Do not send your renewal applications to the Registry more than 60 days before the expiration date on your card. Renewal applications received more than 60 days before the expiration date are rejected. Your nonrefundable application fee will be deposited. Then, you will have to submit a new application packet and fee, if decide to renew within the 60-day window.
I have submitted my application. What happens now?
Applications are processed in the order they are received at the Registry. It takes about 35 days for complete, accurate application packets to be processed. Please contact us if you have not received a letter or your card within 35 days. Following is the application review process: Initial Review: The Registry reviews all applications against criteria described in the application instructions. The nonrefundable application fee, if included in the application packet, is cashed. Approved Application: If your application packet is complete and has all supporting materials, your card will be mailed to the address on the application. Rejected Application: If your application packet is inaccurate or incomplete, you will receive a rejection of application letter that details the corrections necessary. You will be given a 60-days reply period in which to make corrections. Approved Corrections: When corrections are submitted to the registry, they are reviewed for accuracy and completeness. Corrections are processed based on the date received.Your card will be mailed to you, if the corrections meet requirements and complete your application packet. Corrections Beyond 60-Days: If you do not send requested corrections within the 60-day correction window, you must submit a new application packet and application fee. Denial: Denied applications are different than rejected applications. A denied application means that the applicant has violated a statute or Board of Health regulation and is being denied access to the Registry. If your application is denied, you must wait six (6) months before re-applying for a medical marijuana registration card. Appeals: If your application is denied, or the Registry suspends or revokes your current registration card, a notice will be sent to you with details regarding the reason for denial, suspension or revocation. If you disagree with a final decision, you may send a letter to the Registry requesting an appeals hearing. The request for hearing must be received by the Registry within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the postmark on the notice.
How do I check status of my aplication form?
Most applications and forms take 4 to 6 weeks for processing. To check the status, contact the CDPHE by phone or email. You will be asked to provide the following information to protect your confidentiality: Full, legal name Date of birth First five digits of your social security number* Current mailing address *If you would prefer not to provide your social security number, the representative may ask you an alternate question from your records.
Tips for Successful Submissions
The Medical Marijuana Registry frequently returns application packets and forms due to easily preventable mistakes. Below is a checklist to help you avoid delays in application or forms approval.
1. Schedule an appointment with a doctor who has a M.D. or D.O. license in good standing with the Colorado Medical Board. You may verify the doctor’s status at https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/.
2. Renewal patients please begin your re-application process 45 – 60 days before the expiration date on your current card.
3. Use the current version of application and other forms.
4. Fill forms out completely. Write neatly.
5. If you make a mistake, complete a new form. Do not cross-out, write-over or use white-out to correct information.
6. Sign and date forms in front of a notary. The notary may not be the caregiver, patient’s physician or person signing the form of payment.The dates of your signature and the notary’s signature must be the same.
7. If a fee is required, include a form of payment. Make the check or money order out to CDPHE. Do not send cash.The patient’s name must be on the form of payment.Verify the check or money order is made out for the correct amount.If using a check, the Registry does not accept temporary checks.If you qualify for a fee waiver, submit a Request for Fee Waiver/Tax-Exempt Status form and a certified copy of your most recent Colorado tax return.
8. Include all required IDs. Include a copy of your Colorado driver’s license or state ID.If you do not have a Colorado ID, submit your out-of-state ID and proof of Colorado residency. If a caregiver is listed on your form, include a copy of the caregiver’s ID.
9. Incomplete forms or application packets will be rejected and returned to you. Completed application packets include: The ApplicationA Physicians Certification.A copy of the patient’s ID.If a caregiver is listed, a copy of the caregiver’s IDs.If the patient does not have a Colorado ID, include proof of residency paperwork.A check or money order to cover fees or a Request for Fee Waiver/Tax-Exempt Status.
10. Submit forms and all supporting paperwork to the Registry in the same envelope. The Registry cannot match items sent separately.
11. Send all forms within the required timeframe. Applications must be received at the Registry within 60 days of the physician’s signature on the Physicians Certification.