Certified patients registering with the Medical Cannabis Program may designate up to five caregivers. Designated caregivers with a valid registry identification card may assist the patient with the possession, acquisition, delivery, transfer, transportation and/or administration of approved medical cannabis.
There are three steps to becoming a registered caregiver for a medical cannabis patient.
- Get designated. A certified patient or other appropriate person (for patients who are minors or incapable of consent) must designate you as a caregiver on the patient registration. The patient registration must be approved.
- Register online. A registry ID card will be mailed to you after your application is approved. A temporary registry ID card can be printed and used immediately in conjunction with a government-issued photo ID.
- Purchase medical cannabis. Visit a registered organization's medical cannabis dispensing facility to purchase product for your patient. Bring your registry ID card (or temporary registry ID card), your patient’s certification, and your government-issued ID with you.
An individual may act as a designated caregiver for up to four patients.
How to Register
The fastest way to register and purchase medical cannabis products is to enter your NYS DMV ID number from your driver license, learner permit, or non-driver ID in the DMV ID field while registering.
If you do NOT have a NYS DMV ID, you can still register by using the patient registration instructions below.
Registry ID Card
A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card must notify the Medical Cannabis Program of any change in their name or address within ten (10) business days of such change. In some instances (but not all) this may require a new card request.
If, after reviewing the Registry ID Cards Guide, you need to update your ID card or request a replacement ID card click the Update a Registry ID Card directions below.
Designated caregivers purchasing medical cannabis on behalf of their patient(s) must bring their caregiver registry identification card, their government-issued photo ID, and the patient's certification to the dispensing facility.
Certified patients and designated caregivers must always carry their registry ID card whenever they possess approved medical cannabis products.
Medical cannabis products may not be transported outside of New York State.
View the listing of registered organization locations. Contact the registered organizations directly to determine if delivery services are offered in your area.
To allow facilities to possess and administer approved cannabis products and provide continuity of care to certified patients, a facility may apply to become an Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) approved designated caregiver facility prior to being designated as a caregiver by a certified patient.
A “Designated Caregiver Facility” as defined by the MRTA is a facility that registers with the office to assist one or more certified patients with the acquisition, possession, delivery, transportation or administration of medical cannabis and is:
• A general hospital or residential health care facility operating pursuant to Article 28 of the Public Health Law
an adult care facility operating pursuant to Title 2 of Article 7 of the Social Services Law
• a community mental health residence established pursuant to section 41.44 of the Mental Hygiene Law
•a hospital operating pursuant to section 7.17 of the Mental Hygiene Law
•a mental hygiene facility operating pursuant to Article 31 of the Mental Hygiene Law
•an inpatient or residential treatment program certified pursuant to Article 32 of the Mental Hygiene Law
•a residential facility for the care and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities operating pursuant to Article 16 of the Mental Hygiene Law
•a residential treatment facility for children and youth operating pursuant to Article 31 of the Mental Hygiene Law
•or a private or public school
•a research institution with an internal review board
•any other facility as determined by the board in regulation