Updated on June 28, 2021.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
If you are new to the Florida medical marijuana program, you will notice that there is an expiration date on the front of your medical marijuana card. Don’t worry, because renewing your medical marijuana card in Florida is a simple process. The process can be completed via paper or online. Your caregiver can complete these steps for you, if necessary.
Why Does My Florida Medical Marijuana Card Expire?
In the state of Florida and across the United States, medical marijuana cards require annual renewal to ensure that the patient is using therapeutic cannabis in a safe way. The care and supervision of a certified marijuana doctor are mandatory, per the Florida Department of Health (DOH).
Health conditions change. You may be on new medications that might interact with the type of medical cannabis that you have been using for symptom relief. If you are currently vaping or using smokable marijuana in Florida and you have developed difficulty breathing or lung inflammation, you will need to consult with a Florida marijuana doctor. The doctor will determine other types of medical cannabis (like tinctures or capsules) that might be a better alternative for you.
How Do I Complete the Florida Medical Marijuana Renewal Application?
The Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) recommends beginning the renewal application process forty-five (45) days before the expiration date of your medical marijuana card. Before you update your renewal in the Florida medical marijuana registry, you will need to have a copy of your state-issued photo identification. You will be asked to upload those documents.
Access your patient registry by entering your confidential username and password.3. Find the “Your Card” option at the top of the page. This will allow you to review your current identification card application. Double-check to make sure there are no errors to your name, address, and patient information within the registry, including your Social Security Number.
Follow the prompts on the screen to apply your electronic signature and then click “Submit Application”.
After you have clicked to submit your application for your Florida medical marijuana card renewal, the website will ask you to make payment for your renewal. At the time of writing, the renewal fee is $75.00, with an additional $2.25 transaction fee for online payment processing.
Once submitted, you can track the status of your application as it is reviewed. You can continue to use your medical marijuana card until the expiration date.
What Happens if I Do Not Renew My Florida Medical Marijuana Card?
If you allow your Florida medical cannabis card to expire, you will not be able to use it to purchase medical marijuana at licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs). Because it can take some time to process the renewal patients are required to renew 45 days prior to the expiration date. There are hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana card carriers in Florida.
If you are unable to renew your medical marijuana card because of your health condition, you can designate a caregiver, and that family member or guardian can complete the process on your behalf.
Remember that the first priority of the Florida Department of Health is to ensure that residents and seasonal residents can access safe medical cannabis. Renewing your medical marijuana card in Florida can also help prevent fraud and identity theft.