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Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Identification Card

The Illinois Department of Public Health issues the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Identification Card. In order to be issued a card the following requirements are necessary:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Reside in Illinois when you submit your application and remain a resident while participating in the program
  • Have a debilitating medical condition that meets program qualifications
  • Have a certification form signed by a physician (this requirement is waived if you are a veteran being treated at a VA facility)
  • Not hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or a school bus permit
  • Not be an active-duty law enforcement officer, firefighter, correctional officer or correctional probation officer

Please note that your physician must complete the Physician Written Certification Form and give it back to you so that you can include it with your application. Scan the form and save it as a .pdf file to submit it with your online application or include the original document with your paper application. The form must indicate that you have had an in-person office visit within the last 90 days.

To create an account and register as a MCPP/OAPP patient or Health Care Professional, visit the Illinois Cannabis Tracking System at Patients applying online for a Medical Cannabis Registry Card receive provisional access to a licensed dispensary within 24 hours of completion.

Qualifying Illinois medical conditions

The debilitating conditions that currently qualify for medical cannabis use in Illinois are:

  • Autism
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
  • 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
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Any other debilitating medical condition or its treatment that is added by the Illinois Department of Public Health

Minor Qualifying Patient

A biological parent or legal guardian may apply for a one-, two-, or three-year Medical Cannabis Registry Identification Card for a minor with a debilitating medical condition listed by the state of Illinois. There is no charge for the first designated caregiver. Up to two additional caregivers may be designated. A written certification from a healthcare professional, along with a reviewing physician certification, must be included in the application. Only those designated as the adult caregiver for the qualifying patient under 18 may purchase medical cannabis-infused products for the registered minor patient.

Designated Caregiver

A qualifying patient may elect to designate a caregiver as the person authorized to purchase or cultivate medical cannabis on their behalf. The caregiver must submit an application, selecting from a one- to three-year registration card, with the qualifying patient or separately at a future date. They must be an Illinois resident and remain a resident of the state during their registry, be 21 years of age or older, and assist only one medical cannabis patient. Additionally, they must pass a background check. Once approved by the state, the caregiver can present a Medical Cannabis Registry Identification Card allowing them to purchase medical cannabis at a licensed dispensary, with or without the patient present.

Terminally Ill Patients

There is no application fee to apply for a Medical Cannabis Registry Identification Card for a person diagnosed with a terminal illness and who has a life expectancy of six months or less. The card is valid for six months and the person may elect to have up to three caregivers. A complete on-line application must include confirmation of the terminal illness diagnosis by a healthcare professional. An in-person examination must be conducted within 90 days of application submission. The applicant may not hold a commercial driver’s license or school bus permit, or be an active-duty law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or firefighter.


The Medical Cannabis Patient Program offers veterans with a qualifying debilitating medical condition a reduced application fee. Illinois residency is a requirement. A Physician Written Certification Form must be submitted with the application if the veteran is not receiving ongoing medical care at a VA facility, along with a copy of their DD-214. Veterans receiving ongoing medical care at a VA facility are not required to include the Physician Written Certification Form. But they are required to provide medical records for the previous 12 months to establish ongoing treatment for a qualifying medical condition at a VA facility. Health records can be found at In both cases, veterans must complete a background check as part of the application process.

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