Registration for Minor Patients

Process to Register a Minor Patient (Under 18 years of age)

Minor patients are required b​y law to have at least one caregiver (and a maximum of two caregivers) at all times. 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 listed below, as well as in the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents, to register a minor patient.

  1. Register the minor patient’s caregiver. As stated above, minor patients are required to have a caregiver assigned at all times; the caregiver must submit an online caregiver application and be approved by MMCC before registering the minor patient. Once fully registered, the caregiver will be issued an ID Number by MMCC, which is needed to complete the minor patient application form (explained below in Step 2).

    For additional information on caregivers, requirements to serve as a caregiver, and the caregiver registration process, please visit the Caregivers ​page and review the Process Overview and Quick Reference Card documents for registering as a caregiver.

  2. Gather the required files and information. After the minor patient’s caregiver registers, the minor patient’s registration can commence. The minor patient application requires the following:

    • A valid, accessible email account for the caregiver which you are comfortable using in relation to your Maryland Medical Cannabis 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 the patient's Social Security Number

    • An electronic copy of the caregiver's 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

        Acceptable proof that the patient is in the State to receive medical treatment:

        • The Maryland address of and a contact name for the Maryland medical facility where the patient is receiving treatment

      The government-issued photo ID and proof of Maryland address, if needed, must be uploaded as 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 of the minor patient. 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 patient’s unobscured face taken within the last six months to reflect the patient’s current appearance and feature a plain white or off-white background. The patient 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 patient’s appearance.

      Examples of acceptable photos:

      Sample photos that meet registration guidelines 

      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.

      Patients in hospice care may elect to submit a letter from the attending hospice physician in lieu of a recent photo. The letter must be from the Attending of Hospice Record (AOHR) physician on hospice letterhead stating that the patient is a hospice patient under his or her care. It may be uploaded in either .jpg or .pdf format.

    • An electronic copy of official proof of the caregiver’s guardianship of the minor patient

      Acceptable documents include the patient’s birth certificate, adoption certificate or a court order awarding guardianship.

    • An electronic copy of the completed and notarized Minor Patient Form​

    • Please download and complete the Minor Patient Form in its entirety, have it notarized, then scan or take a clear picture of the completed form.

    • The MMCC Caregiver ID Number for the caregiver to be identified during the registration process

    • In order to obtain an ID Number, the caregiver must submit an application and receive MMCC approval. For more information, please visit the Caregivers page.
  3. Complete and submit the minor patient’s online application. Visit the MMCC Registry website and click Create Account under the Patients heading.

  4. Verify the caregiver’s email address. As part of the minor patient’s application, the caregiver will need to submit a valid, accessible email address. Once the minor patient’s application has been completed and submitted, a verification email will be sent to the caregiver’s email address. You must click the verification link in the email message to verify the email account. Without performing this step, the application is not complete and will not be reviewed by the Commission.

    Completed applications will be reviewed by MMCC and you will receive a follow up email advising whether or not the application has been approved. Please retain the approval email for your records. It contains the Username, which you will need to log in to the Patient Registry, as well as the MMCC Patient ID Number, which your physician will need to issue a written certification for medical cannabis. Once the patient has a written certification, you will also need to provide both the Patient ID Number and Caregiver ID Number to a licensed dispensary when purchasing medical cannabis.

Next Steps

Once the minor patient’s application has been approved, the patient is ready to visit a physician registered with MMCC to obtain a valid certification.

After registration has been completed and a valid certification acquired, the caregiver can visit a licensed Maryland dispensary to purchase medical cannabis for the minor patient and the caregiver is able to purchase an optional patient ID card from the Commission for a fee of $50 for the minor patient. Once the patient has a certification, you will also need to provide the Patient ID Number, along with the Caregiver ID Number when purchasing medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

Additional Caregivers for Minor Patients​

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 registration system.

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

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