Become A Caregiver

Caregivers register through the Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis website after a registered patients elects to name a caregiver or guardian on their application

For the purpose of this program, a Caregiver is a person designated to assist a registered patient whose certifying health care practitioner has also certified the patient's need for help to administer medication or acquire medical cannabis from a distribution facility due to a disability; and is authorized by the Commissioner to assist the patient with the use of medical cannabis. As a parent or legal guardian of the patient, you may act as a Caregiver without going through the Caregiver approval process. Parents and legal guardians will still need to register with the state the pick-up medicine, please see details below.

  1. If a patient would like to name Caregiver(s) to assist in obtaining or administering medical cannabis, the patient should ask their health care practitioner to allow them to add a Caregiver during the certification process.

  2. Once a patient adds you as a Caregiver to his or her registry account, you will receive an email invitation to set up your own Caregiver account in the online Patient Registry. Before being added to the registry, you must provide: name, address, date of birth, phone number, and a Government-issued ID: State ID card, Driver's License or Passport.

  3. As a Caregiver, you will also need to request a criminal background check via the Minnesota (MN) Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The background check consent form can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis website, along with the three things that must be sent to the MN BCA to complete the background check process.

  4. You will be notified by email once your Caregiver account has been approved. You will be asked for proof of identity at the patient care center when picking up your patient's medical cannabis.


For Parents or Legal Guardians

Only legal parents or guardians qualify for this status. You will be asked to upload a copy of a birth or adoption certificate or other legal guardian documentation. Patients under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian, who has been registered with the state, to pick up their medication.

  1. When you and your patient meet with the health care practitioner, ask the practitioner to indicate that the patient has a parent or legal guardian.

  2. Once certified, the patient will be able to designate parents or legal guardians. At that point, you will receive an email with a registration link, asking for:

  • Name, address & phone number

  • Government-issued ID: state of Minnesota ID or driver's license (scan or photo from phone).

You may be asked for proof of identity when picking up medical cannabis at a patient care center.


Things to keep in mind:

  • If the certifying health care practitioner does not select the option for the patient to add Caregivers to their account during the initial certification process, the patient can ask the practitioner to allow them to add Caregivers at any time during their enrollment year.

  • If you are a current patient you cannot become a caregiver for another patient.

  • If you wish to register as a caregiver for more than one patient, the patients must share the same address.

  • The process may take up to three weeks. Only once the background check has been received and verified will you see the caregiver status updated