How To Register as a Medical Marijuana Patient


Get Certified

Patients must first by certified by a registered practitioner.


Login to

Once certified, patients must login to Patients who do not have an account will need to click the “Don’t have an Account?” button to create a personal ID first. For step-by-step instructions on how to create an account, click here.


Find the Medical Marijuana Data Management System

Click the “Health Applications” icon and  then click on the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” link to register. For step-by-step instructions on how to register as a patient or caregiver, select the “Help” link within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System of click here for instructions.

Patients will be required to provide proof of their identity and residency during the application process. Click here for additional information regarding required documentation.

Pursuant to the Compassionate Care Act there is a $50 application fee; the Department is currently waiving the $50 fee for all patients and their designated caregivers.


Designate Caregivers

Patients may designate up to two caregivers during the registration process. After the patient’s registration is processed, the designated caregiver(s) must then register with the Department using the same online system described in number 2 above.


Registration Approval

Once a patient or caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card through the account which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification to purchase approved medical marijuana products while the patient/caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires. Patient and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification number is issued.


Getting Your ID Card

Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization’s dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry identification cards and their patients’ certifications to the dispensing facility.

Information about registered organizations in New York State can be found by clicking here.

Other Important Registration Information:

  • Certified patients and designated caregivers must always carry their registry ID card whenever they possess approved medical marijuana products.
  • Medical marijuana products may not be transported outside of New York State.
  • New York State does not accept certifications or registry ID cards from other states.
  • A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card must notify the Medical Marijuana Program of any change in his or her name, address, or if he or she no longer has the serious condition noted on the card within ten (10) business days of such change.