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Registry Identification Cards

Office of Compassionate Use

When submitting a Registry Identification Card application, please allow 21 days for initial processing. Processing time may be delayed if the application is incomplete or payment has not been received.

The Florida Department of Health has created a system for issuing and renewing Compassionate Use Registry identification cards for patients and their legal representatives. In combination with the Compassionate Use Registry, identification cards will further allow patients and legal representatives to quickly demonstrate that they are registered in the Compassionate Use Registry.

As of March 2017, all patients and legal representatives must obtain a Registry Identification Card to fill an order for low-THC cannabis, medical cannabis, or a cannabis delivery device at one of the state’s dispensing organizations. To apply for a Compassionate Use Registry identification card, a patient must:

1. Be a Florida resident,

2. Be a qualified patient in the Compassionate Use Registry,

3. Submit a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use

The Office of Compassionate Use is pleased to announce applications can be submitted by mail or electronically through the Compassionate Use Registry. Electronic applications only take a few minutes to complete and allow for significantly faster processing times than paper applications.

The first step to beginning the online application process is to have your ordering physician enter your email address into the Compassionate Use Registry. Both patients and legal representatives need to be entered into the registry by a qualified physician. Once your email address is in the registry, the system will instantly send you an email allowing you to begin an application for an identification card by logging in with your email address.

After you have completed an application, all that’s left to do is to mail your check or money order to the Office of Compassionate Use. Online payment is currently not available. When you mail a check or money order for online application submission, please make sure to include sufficient identifying information to enable the department to match your check or money order with your application. This is especially important if the name on your check or money order is different from the name on your application.    

All applications must be submitted to the Office of Compassionate Use, and must include a full-face, passport-type color photograph taken within 90 day, and a registration fee of $75. Compassionate Use Registry identification cards remain active for one year.

Patients who are minors must designate a legal representative on his or her application, and in the Compassionate Use Registry. Legal representatives must also submit a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use to obtain a Compassionate Use Registry identification card. 

Once a card application has been approved, the patient and legal representative may receive a temporary card from the Office of Compassionate Use. A patient must have an approved card application prior to filling an order at a dispensing organization.

Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card Qualified Patient Application

Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card Legal Representative Application

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