How To Get A

Medical Card

To obtain a Medical Cannabis Registry Identification Card, please refer to these important guidelines to help you successfully complete the patient application process.

Please see the Forms page on our website to download all of the necessary applications.

1. Obtain Your Physician’s Formal Written Recommendation.

Meet with your physician to discuss the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of your condition. This is an important first step in the application process. Your physician must complete and mail the Physician Written Certification form to the Department of Public Health (DPH). Your appointment with your physician must be within 90 days of submitting your patient application to the DPH.

2. Complete and Sign the Patient Application.

Complete all parts of the Patient Application. Review the application for completeness and make sure you sign the last page. The last thing you want to occur is to be denied because of an incomplete application. For more information, review the Instructions for Patient Application.

For Caregivers: Complete the entire Caregiver Application and send it with the $25 caregiver fee and all supporting documents (i.e., photo, proof of residency, proof of age and identity, fingerprint consent form, caregiver’s signature). You should send the caregiver application with the patient’s completed application. For more information, review the Instructions for Caregiver Application.

For Veterans: Send in a copy of your DD214 and the $50 application fee. If you are receiving care at a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility, you should submit VA Form 10-5345 (U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, Request for and Authorization to Release Medical Records or Health Information) to release your medical records from the VA about treatment for your qualifying medical condition from the past year, instead of a Physician Written Certification Form. Please see the Patient Application for more details.

3. Include the application fee.

A non-refundable fee is required to be included with your Patient Application. The fee is $100, or reduced fee of $50 for veterans or persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability program. If you’re a veteran, please include a copy of your DD214. SSDI/SSI recipients, and please include a copy of your benefit verification letter that is dated within the last year.

4. Include a passport photo.

Submit with your Patient Application a recent 2” x 2” passport-sized photo. No selfies please! The picture should be taken against a plain, white backdrop with absolutely nothing in the background. You can take the photo yourself or visit a local passport photo service. Please see the Patient Application for detailed requirements.

5. Don’t Forget Proof of Residency and Proof of Age and Identity.

You will need two items that prove you live in Illinois, such as a driver’s license and a utility bill. The addresses on each of the documents must match the address on your application. Please refer to the Patient Application for a complete list.

You will also need to show proof of age and identity by enclosing with the Patient Application one clear, color photocopy of a U.S. or Illinois government-issued photo ID.

6. Include the Fingerprint Consent Form and Receipt from the Vendor.

The Fingerprint Consent Form must be signed and include the Transaction Control Number (TCN). You must submit this completed form along with your application within 30 days of being fingerprinted.

7. Contact the division of medical cannabis with questions.

If you have any questions about your application, please check with the Division of Medical Cannabis before sending it. Call them at 855-636-3688 or email them at

Qualifying Conditions

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome