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Requirements For Caregivers

A caregiver is a person who physically and mentally supports a patient who no longer can care for themself because of ailment, trauma, or inability. As per state laws, a patient under 18 years can not purchase medical marijuana. So a minor patient needs to choose one or two caregivers to register with the Department’s Medical Marijuana Program. The assigned caregiver must also enroll with the Department to obtain a registry ID card so the caregiver can buy, possess, transfer, and administer approved medical marijuana products on behalf of the minor patient. You can accept the role of a caregiver if you are assigned by a proxy applicant or a patient during the registration. Click here to know how to register as a caregiver.

Who Can be Designated as a Caregiver?

  • A parent of the minor patient
  • A Legal guardian of the minor patient.
  • A person assigned by the parents or legal guardian.
  • A suitable person licensed by the Department of Health due to no legal guardian or parent is available.

Age Limit

To assist a minor patient, a caregiver must be 21 years old.

Document Requirement

Here are the following documents that are required to register as a caregiver:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of NYS residency
  • Application for the Assigned Caregiver
  • Proof of NYS residency of Caregiver

Check out the information regarding the documentation that may be accepted:

For Photo ID

  • Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card issued by the New York government.
    Note: Keep in mind that you don’t upload a copy of your ID during New York medical card registration online. You will need to submit the 9-digit number in the given field on the enrollment form.
  • If you do not have the ID cards mentioned above, you can upload a recent photo taken with a cell phone or camera. Remember that head and shoulders should be up on a plain background (jpg format) and don’t wear a hat or sunglasses while taking a picture.

For New York State Residency (Permanent or Temporary)

  • Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card issued by the state government
    Note: Keep in mind that don’t upload a copy of your ID during New York medical card registration online. You will need to submit the 9-digit number in the given field on the enrollment form.
  • Pay stubs that should be from within the last two months
  • NYC ID Card

Contract from one of the last two months

  • Lease agreement
  • Utility bills, such as electricity, gas, or cable bills with a service address that meets the recommendation location
  • Practitioner/Hospital bill from last two months
  • Social Security Administration official correspondence

Documents that are not acceptable

  • Cell phone bill
  • Bank/credit card statements
  • United States passport
  • Driver License/ Non-Driver Identification Card from another state
  • Tax returns