New York State Process for Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card

  1. Download the PDF certificate from your patient dashboard

  2. Login to the New York State website https://my.ny.gov/. If you do NOT have an NY.gov account then you will need to click the "Don't have an Account?" button to create a personal NY.gov ID first.

  3. Follow the prompts to create a personal account

  4. Remember that the answers to secret questions and your password is case-sensitive

  5. Save your user ID and your password in a safe place

  6. Click Logout and close the browser. Your MY.NY.gov account is created.

  7. Go to MY.NY.gov and log in to your personal account.

  8. Confirm that you are logged into the correct account.

  9. Click on the "Health Applications" icon.

  10. Click on the link to the Medical Cannabis Data Management System (MCDMS) link.

  11. Select the “Start New Registration” button.

  12. Follow the steps to register.

  13. Note: Please log in using only 1 browser and make sure you do not have multiple tabs/ windows open with the same MY.NY.gov webpage, as this may cause errors.

  14. Once a patient or caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card through the My.NY.gov account which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification to purchase cannabis while the patient/caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail.

  15. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires.

  16. Patients and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification number is issued.

  17. Patients and caregivers must re-register every time a new certification number is issued. Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization's dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Caregivers must bring their registry ID cards and their patient certifications to a registered organization's dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products on behalf of their patients.

Additional patient registration instructions can be found here.
Caregiver registration instructions can be found here.

Other Important Registration Information:
  • Certified patients and designated caregivers must always carry their registry ID card whenever they possess approved medical marijuana products.

  • Medical marijuana products may not be transported outside of New York State.

  • New York State does not accept certifications or registry ID cards from other states.

  • A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card must notify the Medical Marijuana Program of any change in his or her name, address, or if he or she no longer has the serious condition noted on the card within ten (10) business days of such change.