Application Process

To apply you must be:

  1. A Colorado resident with a valid Social Security number;
  2. Receiving treatment for a qualifying medical condition (see above); and
  3. Examined by a doctor with whom you have a bona fide physician-patient relationship.

You must submit:

  1. The Application provided at:

  1. A Physician Certification provided at:

  1. A copy of your Colorado driver’s license or photo ID (or a Proof of Identity and Residence Waiver)
  2. A $15 check or money order (as a non-refundable application processing fee) made out to CDPHE (or a Fee Waiver)

Minors should use the same form as adults and additionally include the Parental Consent Form and a second doctor’s certification.

You do not need to have your application or other Registry forms notarized, except for the Parental Consent form.

Except for minor applications, if the department fails within 35 days of receipt of an application to issue a registry card or fails to issue a verbal or written notice of denial of an application, the patient’s applications for a card will be deemed to have been approved.

You need to update your registration and pay another $15 every year, with all documentation, even if it hasn’t changed, including a new signed physicians statement. This should be in 30-60 days before your card expires.

If there has been a change in your address or caregiver, or if you need a replacement for a lost, stolen or damaged card, you must submit a completed Change, Replacement or Surrender Request along with a copy of your photo ID and a photo of the front and back of your damaged card to A replacement card will be delivered within 2-10 business days. You are allowed one replacement card for a lost or stolen card during your annual registration period. Additional requests will result in a $15 processing fee.

Keep copies of all of your paperwork.

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Qualifying Conditions

Eligible conditions include: AIDS, HIV, cancer, glaucoma, Plus any of the following symptoms that are caused by a chronic or debilitating disease, or the treatment of such disease: cachexia (severe weight loss caused by a medical condition or its treatment), severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, or persistent muscle spasms. Your doctor must believe marijuana will relieve these symptoms. Colorado may add other conditions to this list.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has received petitions to add the following as “qualifying medical conditions” for which physicians may recommend medical marijuana. The below conditions were not approved to be included: Asthma, Atherosclerosis, Bi-polar Disease, Chron’s Disease, Diabietes Mellitus (types 1 and 2), Diabetic Retinopathy, Hepatitis C, Hypertension, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Opioid Dependence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Severe Anxiety and Clinical Depression, Tourette’s Syndrome.