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How to Obtain Your Medical Cannabis Card

The Illinois Department of Public Health issues the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Identification Card. Here’s a summary of what you’ll need to apply:

  • Physician’s diagnosis of a qualifying medical condition, or be diagnosed with a Terminal Illness

  • Proof of Illinois residency

  • Age of at least 18, unless you have epileptic seizures* or be diagnosed with a Terminal Illness

  • Have a signed Physician Certification form

  • Fingerprint, Fingerprint Consent Form found on page 3 of the application, and photo ID, unless diagnosed with a Terminal Illness

*For Younger Patients

Qualifying patients under 18 need a parent or guardian to serve as a primary caregiver, with a written recommendation of two physicians.

Details, Details

We’d like every qualified patient to have an easy experience obtaining a medical cannabis card. Sometimes, though, trying to get the card can be complicated or confusing. That’s why we assembled a checklist to help you get your card as easily and quickly as possible.

Medical Cannabis Card Checklist

If you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition, here’s what you need to know to apply for a medical cannabis card.

Get It Right the First Time

Review the following checklist carefully. It may help to print a hard copy, too. Remember: Incomplete or improper applications can delay the card’s issue.
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    Make an appointment with our doctor to talk about using medical cannabis.

    • Schedule your appointment within 90 days of submitting your personal application

    • Veterans: If you receive care from a VA facility, you can submit medical records from the VA about your qualifying medical condition during the past year instead of a Physician Written Certification Form
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    Fill out your personal Patient Application Form completely and accurately.

    • On the form, you can choose a cannabis dispensary, but it’s not necessary

    • If you do not want to assign a caregiver, leave that section blank

    • Remember to sign the last page of your patient application

    • Do not send in your application without all of the following support documentation
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    • A 2” x 2” photo of yourself
      • You can have the photo taken by a passport photo service, OR
      • You can have a friend take the photo, but use a plain white background, look straight into the camera and make sure your entire face shows in the photo
      • Do not use a “selfie”
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    At least two forms of ID indicating you are an Illinois resident

    • Acceptable ID forms include utility bills, bank statements, driver’s license and state ID (Check the Patient Application Form for a full list of acceptable ID forms)

    • The addresses on each ID document must match the address on your application

    • Do not send original ID documents – send only copies
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    Proof of your age and address

    • Use a copy of a current and valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license
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    If you are assigning a Caregiver, include a completed and signed Caregiver Application. Learn more about becoming a caregiver.

    • The Caregiver Application must be completed correctly

    • The person applying for the caregiver position must include a separate set of supporting documents much like those used in the Patient Application form

    • The Caregiver Application fee is $75
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    Your fingerprints will be used to confirm your identity and check any criminal background you may have.

    • Fill out the Fingerprint Consent Form found on page 3 of the application and include the Transaction Control Number

    • After you are fingerprinted, you have only 30 days to submit the completed Fingerprint Consent Form together with your patient application
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    Include application fee (payable by check, money order or, if applying online, credit card information).

    • The standard fee is $250 for a 3 year card. 2 year cards cost $200 and a 1 year card runs $100 per year

    • A reduced fee of $150 applies to veterans or people enrolled in Social Security
    • Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability program

    • All fees are non-refundable

    • If you receive SSDI or SSI: Include a copy of a dated benefit verification letter that is less than one year old

    • Veterans: Include a copy of your DD214
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    Check – and double-check – all your information and support documentation before mailing your package to:

    Illinois Department of Public Health
    Division of Medical Cannabis
    535 W. Jefferson St.
    Springfield, IL 62761-0001

    If you have questions about your application, please call or email: DPH Division of Medical Cannabis, 855-636-3688 or
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Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois


Let Us Help You Get Certified

At Chicago Compassion Club we’ve made the MMJ evaluation and certification process simple.

Let Us Help You Maneuver Through the Red Tape and Get Your Medical Cannabis Card
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We guide you through each step so you’re never on your own and we answer all questions you have along the way. Upon evaluation with our qualified Medical Marijuana doctor, if you qualify for medical marijuana treatment you will receive a signed physician certification form for application to the Illinois Department of Public Health for your medical marijuana identification card. We will assist you with the submittal of your medical marijuana identification card application upon request. To get started follow the simple steps below now.

Step 1: Qualifying Conditions

The first step before your evaluation is to verify you have a debilitating medical condition that qualifies you for medical marijuana treatment under the Illinois Medical Marijuana Program statutes.

“Debilitating medical condition” means one or more of the following:

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • • Cancer
  • • Causalgia
  • • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • • Crohn’s disease
  • • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • • Dystonia
  • • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • • Fibrous dysplasia
  • • Glaucoma
  • • Hepatitis C
  • • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • • Hydrocephalus
  • • 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)
  • • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • • Residual limb pain
  • • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • • Spinal cord injury
  • • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Persons diagnosed with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six (6) months or less may apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card valid for six months. There is no application fee.
  • • Tourette’s syndrome
  • • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Step 2: Medical Records Review

In order to schedule your patient evaluation, we’ll need to review your medical records to verify you have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition approved by the Illinois medical marijuana program. Without your medical records our physicians may be unable to provide certification required by state law.
We will need to see a specific diagnosis with your doctor’s name on the paperwork. The specific diagnosis must correspond
(WORD FOR WORD) with the list appearing above. We also have to determine you have at least a one year relationship with the doctor who provided the diagnosis. If dates on the paperwork are unable to substantiate this, a letter from your doctor (on their letterhead) stating they have treated you for at least one year will suffice, along with the medical reports you bring in.

If you have your current medical records available describing your approved debilitating condition you may schedule your

Step 3: Physician Evaluation

During your Medical Marijuana Evaluation appointment, a physician will communicate with you to determine your needs and assess if medical marijuana is the right choice for you. We will discuss your qualifying condition for medical marijuana treatment and upon approval; qualified patients will receive a signed Physician Certification Form required by the Illinois Department of Public Health. At your evaluation you must present a valid Illinois ID, such as a Illinois ID or Illinois driver’s license, along with the physician visit fee. Please be advised that nsurance companies do not cover medical marijuana consultations or the state’s medical marijuana application fee.

Step 4: Medical Marijuana Identification Card Application

After review and approval, qualified patients will receive a signed Physician Certification Form that will allow them to apply to the state for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card. In order to receive the Physician Certification Form, patients must present a valid Illinois ID, such as a Illinois Photo ID or Illinois driver’s license, along with the physician visitation fee. Please note that insurance companies do not cover medical marijuana consultations or the state’s medical marijuana application fee. You must be at least 18 years of age to be issued a medical cannabis card. PLEASE NOTE: A DRUG FELONY CONVICTION WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM GETTING A MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. YOU MAY CHECK THE LIST OF FELONIES HERE.

Step 5: Application for Medical Marijuana Identification Card

Once you receive your physician certification for medical marijuana we can assist you in applying for your medical marijuana identification card with the Illinois Department of Public Health.


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