Note: Effective August 1, 2016, Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Cards issued by IDPH are valid for three years. The fee for a registry card for a minor qualifying patient is $250 for three-years. Families may also choose a one-year or two-year card. One caregiver is included at no charge in the application for a minor. A second caregiver may be added by completing a caregiver application and submitting a $75.00 fee. Please see the fees page for more information on the cost of applying for a card.
Minor qualifying patients do not need to submit a photo or undergo a fingerprint background check.
A physician certification is required as well as a reviewing physician certification.
A designated caregiver shall be specified for a minor qualifying patient:
- A qualifying patient under 18 years of age may identify two designated caregivers if both biological parents or two legal guardians have significant decision-making responsibilities over the qualifying patient; or
- If only one biological parent or legal guardian has significant decision-making responsibilities for the qualifying patient under 18 years of age, then a second designated caregiver may be identified.
Qualifying patients who turn 18 years of age during the time period in which their registry identification card is valid may apply for an adult registry identification card immediately or during the normal renewal period. Until that time, the registry identification card shall be subject to the conditions applicable to the registered qualifying patient under age 18.
Designated caregivers of registered qualifying patients under 18 years of age may only purchase medical cannabis-infused products from registered dispensing organizations; other types of medical cannabis products are not allowed.