The medical marijuana card renewal process is different in every state and U.S. territory. However, there are some general steps you need to take to renew your card no matter where you live. In this guide, we’re going over these steps, then sharing a master list that explains how to submit a medical marijuana card renewal application in every U.S. state and territory where legal medical marijuana is available. If you want to know whether or not you can renew your card online in your area, scroll down to your state’s section.
How to Renew a Medical Marijuana Card
Understand Your Renewal Timeline
If you want to keep your medical marijuana card active, you need to renew it before its expiration date. But every state has different rules on when you need to request your renewal. In most places, you need to submit your renewal application within a certain time frame before your card’s expiration date. For example, within the 60 days before your card expires. Make sure you understand your area’s requirements so you don’t miss your renewal period and wind up with an expired, unusable card.
Gather Supporting Documents For Your Renewal Application
Generally, you need to submit a renewal application to renew your medical marijuana card. And alongside that, you need to provide a set of required supporting documents.
Every area has different documentation requirements for card renewals, and these requirements may also vary depending on what type of card you have. So, you need to carefully check your card and area’s requirements. The documents you need to submit with your renewal application should be listed both on the application itself and on the official government website for your program.
Some commonly required supporting documents for medical marijuana card renewals include:
- Proof of residency in your state or territory
- A copy of your state ID or driver’s license
- A new, current photograph
- A new physician certification attesting to your qualifying medical condition
A new physician certification is usually the most time consuming documentation to obtain for your application. But, in most areas, you’re allowed to get a physician certification through a telehealth service. So, if that’s permitted in your state and you want to keep the renewal process entirely online, telemedicine is an option you may want to consider.
Submit Your Renewal Application
Once you’re within your renewal window and you have all your required documents, it’s time to submit your renewal application and pay your renewal fee. Most states and territories have online submission options, but some require that renewal applications be mailed, dropped off, or hand delivered in person. You can find out your state’s options in our next section.
Can You Renew a Medical Marijuana Card Online in My State?
Every U.S. state and territory regulates medical marijuana at the local level. This means that every area not only has unique renewal deadlines and documentation requirements, but also application submission options.
Fortunately for those who value convenience, most states with legal medical marijuana have an online medical marijuana card renewal option. However, not every state has updated their system for the internet age. If you’re wondering how your state stacks up, scroll on to find it in the list of states and territories with legalized medical marijuana below.
Note: Some places that just legalized medical marijuana are still working out the logistics of their programs for medical providers, patients, and dispensaries. We can’t go over renewal information for some of these areas (including Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Dakota, the US Virgin Islands, and West Virginia), since they haven’t made this information publicly available yet.
Can you renew an Alaska medical marijuana card online? No.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services handles renewal applications by mail only.
Can you renew an Arizona medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Arizona Department of Health Services handles medical marijuana card renewals through their online portal.
Can you renew an Arkansas medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Arkansas Department of Health accepts medical marijuana card renewal applications through their online Arkansas Medical Marijuana Patient Registry System.
Can you renew a California medical marijuana identification card online? No.
In California, Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) renewal applications must be submitted to your County Program. The California Department of Public Health states that applications need to be submitted in person, but some counties (like Los Angeles County) also allow mail submissions.
Can you renew a Colorado medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment accepts medical marijuana card renewal applications online and by mail.
Can you renew a Connecticut medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection accepts medical marijuana card renewal applications online.
Can you renew a Delaware medical marijuana card online? Yes.
Delaware Health and Social Services accepts medical marijuana card renewal applications online and by mail.
Can you renew a Florida Medical Marijuana ID card online? Yes.
The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) offers two ways to submit a Florida Medical Marijuana card renewal application: online and by mail. You can find instructions on how to apply for a renewal online on the OMMU website.
Can you renew a Guam medical marijuana card online? Yes.
Guam’s Medical Cannabis Program allows current and new patients to submit applications by email or in person during an appointment with DPHSS Medical Cannabis Program.
Can you renew a 329 Hawaii Medical Cannabis Card online? Yes.
The Hawaii State Department of Health accepts renewal applications through their online Medical Cannabis Registry System.
Can you renew an Illinois medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Illinois Department of Public Health handles medical cannabis patient renewals through their online Medical Cannabis Registry system.
Can you renew an Iowa medical cannabidiol registration card online? Yes.
Iowa has not yet legalized medical or recreational marijuana, but they have legalized medical cannabidiol (CBD). The Iowa Department of Public Health handles medical cannabidiol registration card renewals in their online patient portal.
Can you renew a Maine medical marijuana card online? Yes, if you’re a licensed medical provider.
In Maine, healthcare providers must certify that a patient can use medical marijuana through the state’s Medical Marijuana Certifications online service. Maine patients can take steps to renew their card online if they consult with a licensed medical provider that offers telemedicine appointments.
Can you renew an MMCC card online? Yes.
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) allows medical patients to renew their MMCC card registration online through their existing MMCC account.
Can you renew a Massachusetts medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission processes renewals in their online system and by mail.
Can you renew a Michigan medical marijuana card online? Yes, unless you have a caregiver or are a caregiver.
Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency allows patients without a caregiver to renew online. Caregivers and patients with caregivers must also renew by submitting a paper application.
Can patients renew their Minnesota medical cannabis re-enrollment online? Yes, after completing recertification.
The Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis sends recertification and re-enrollment reminders to program enrollees by email. Once a patient has completed recertification, they can finalize their re-enrollment online.
Can you renew a Missouri medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services handles medical marijuana applications and renewals through their online portal.
Can you renew a Montana medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Montana Department of Revenue handles renewal applications through their online Complia Industry Portal.
Can you renew a Nevada medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Nevada Medical Marijuana Cardholders Program accepts renewal applications through their online portal or by mail.
Can you renew a New Hampshire medical marijuana card online? No.
The New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program requires applications to be mailed or hand delivered.
Can you renew a New Jersey medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program processes renewals via their website. Patients should be emailed a notification with a link that will begin the renewal process.
Can you renew a New Mexico medical marijuana card online? No.
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program accepts renewal applications by mail or by in-person drop off.
Can you renew a New York medical marijuana registry card online? Yes.
The New York Department of Health allows practitioners and patients to submit renewal certifications and applications online.
Can you renew a North Dakota medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program processes renewal applications through their online portal.
Can you renew an Ohio medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy allows both patients and medical providers to renew medical marijuana registration online.
Can you renew an Oklahoma medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority allows returning applicants to renew online after they are sent an email prompting them to edit their original application.
Can you renew an Oregon medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program allows cardholders to renew online or by mail.
Can you renew a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card online? Yes.
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program accepts renewal submissions online in their patient portal.
Can you renew a Puerto Rico medical marijuana card online? Yes.
Puerto Rico processes cannabis medical card application and renewal online on their official Licencia Cannabis page.
Can you renew a Rhode Island medical marijuana card online? No.
The Rhode Island Department of Health handles renewals by mail only.
Can you renew a Utah medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Utah Medical Cannabis Program allows patients to renew MMJ cards online in their Electronic Verification System (EVS).
Can you renew a Vermont medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Vermont Marijuana Registry allows patients and caregivers to renew on the Online Services section of their website.
Can you renew a Virginia medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy accepts medical cannabis registration renewal online.
Can you renew a Washington medical marijuana card online? In most cases, no.
According to the Washington State Department of Health, medical marijuana patients need to schedule an appointment with a certified consultant at a medically-endorsed retail store to renew a medical marijuana card. Some patients may be able to seek compassionate care renewal through telemedicine if their health care practitioner determines that an in-person visit would cause the patient severe hardship.
Can you renew a Washington DC medical marijuana card online? Yes.
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration allows renewal applications to be submitted online, uploaded to Dropbox, or submitted by mail.