Registration for Caregivers Serving Minor Patients

Process to Register as a Caregiver for Minor Patients (Under 18 years of age)

Minor patients are required by law to have at least one caregiver at all times and may have a maximum of two caregivers at any time. Only the minor patient’s parents and legal guardians aged 21 years and older are eligible to serve as caregivers for the minor patient. A minor patient’s caregiver must register with the Commission prior to registering the minor patient.

Follow the process outlined below, as well as in the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents, to register as a caregiver who can serve minor patients.

  1. Gather the required files and information. As part of the online application for caregivers, you will need:

    • A valid, accessible email account which you are comfortable using in relation to your Maryland Medical Cannabis Caregiver account. The Commission will use this email address as the principal means of communication with you regarding your account and its status.

    • The last four digits of your Social Security Number

    • An electronic copy of your valid US government-issued photo ID and proof of Maryland address or patient's treatment at a Maryland medical facility. The file may be either a PDF or image file (.pdf, .jpg, .png or .gif) and no larger than 3 MB in size.

      • Maryland Residents must provide:

        Acceptable forms of identification:

        • Driver's license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card (both front and back)
        • Military ID
        • Passport

        If the identification you provide is not a Maryland driver's license or MVA ID card, then you must also provide proof of a Maryland address.

        Acceptable forms of proof of Maryland Address:

        • MVA change of address card
        • Utility bill
        • Rental contract
        • Property tax bill
        • Bank statement
        • Official federal or state document
        • Official documentation from Registrar documenting current enrollment and on-campus living status
      • Non-Maryland Residents must provide:

        Acceptable forms of identification:

        • Driver's license or Motor Vehicle Administration identification card (both front and back)
        • Military ID
        • Passport

        If providing government identification that does not list a current address, then you must also provide proof of your current address.

        Acceptable forms of proof of address:

        • Utility bill
        • Rental contract
        • Property tax bill
        • Bank statement
        • Official federal or state document

        Additionally, as a non-Maryland resident, you must provide the address of and a contact name for the Maryland medical facility where your patient is receiving treatment.

      Your government-issued photo ID and proof of Maryland address, if needed, must be uploaded in one file. Please see Tips for Uploading Your Government-Issued Photo ID​ for suggestions on how to accomplish this.

    • An electronic copy of a clear, recent photograph. We strongly recommend using a free, highly-rated passport photo app widely available for download via the App Store, Google Play Store or anywhere apps are available.

    • Generally, the photo should look like a driver’s license or passport photo. Specifically, it must be a clear, color photo of the caregiver’s unobscured face taken within the last six months to reflect the caregiver’s current appearance and feature a plain white or off-white background. The caregiver must be clothed, directly facing the camera with both eyes open and should have either a neutral facial expression or a natural smile.

      The file must be an image file (.jpg, .png or .gif) no larger than 3 MB in size and may not be digitally enhanced or altered in a way that changes the caregiver’s appearance.

      Examples of acceptable photos:

       

      If your photo does not meet the stated guidelines, your application will be returned.

      For more examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos, visit the Passport Photos page of the US Department of State website. NOTE: Please do not use the photo cropping tool on the Passport Photos page; simply view the photos provided as samples of what is and is not acceptable.

  2. Complete and submit an online application. Visit the MMCC Registry website and click Create Account under the Caregivers heading.

  3. Verify your email address. As soon as you have completed and submitted an online application form, a verification email will be sent to the email address you provided on your application. You must click the verification link in the email message to verify your email account. Without performing this step, your application is not complete and will not be reviewed by the Commission.

  4. Completed applications will be reviewed by MMCC and you will receive a follow up email advising whether or not your application has been approved. Please retain the approval email for your records. It contains your Username, which you will need to log in to the Caregiver Registry, as well as your MMCC Caregiver ID Number.

    • Purchase an ID card. Once you have submitted an application, received MMCC approval, designated your minor patient, and your designated minor patient has received a valid written certification from a physician registered with MMCC, you are ready to purchase an ID card.

    ID cards are required for caregivers, which means you must have one before you can purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary for your designated minor patient. You can log into your Caregiver Registry account to purchase an ID card for a fee of $50; the fee for a replacement card is $100.

    Next Steps

    Once your registration is complete, you have received MMCC approval and obtained a valid ID card, you are ready to visit a licensed Maryland dispensary to procure medical cannabis for your designated minor patient. You will be required to present your MMCC-issued Caregiver ID card as well as your valid US government-issued photo ID in order to make any purchase from a licensed Maryland dispensary. The dispensary will also need the patient’s MMCC-issued Patient ID Number for the transaction.

    Additional Caregivers for Minor Patients

    Minor patients are permitted to have a maximum of two registered, designated caregivers assigned to their accounts at one time. One caregiver is identified and automatically assigned through the Minor Patient registration process.

    To add a second caregiver for a minor patient, please contact the Commission at dhmh.mmccpatientcaregiver@maryland.gov. Due to the additional documentation required for caregivers serving minor patients, additional caregivers for minor patients may not be added via the online registry system.

    Likewise, a caregiver may not remove a minor patient from his or her registry account. To cancel a designation between a minor patient and a caregiver, the minor patient may remove the caregiver from his or her registry account or the caregiver can contact MMCC at dhmh.mmccpatientcaregiver@maryland.gov​ to request that the designation be removed.

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