A Guide to Renewing Your Florida Medical Marijuana Card
From 2020 to 2022, the number of patients who received a medical marijuana card in Florida increased by over 70%. The stressors that many were experiencing during the COVID-19 health emergency, combined with social distancing and work-from-home (WFH) transitions, allowed many Floridians to weigh the value of medical cannabis.
At the time of writing, there are 872,376 patients enrolled in the Florida medical marijuana use registry or the MMUR. Approximately 4% of residents have a Florida medical marijuana card. Getting your medical card is the first step; maintaining it requires steps to recertify or renew it every 210 days (or approximately seven (7) months).
DocMJ is always ready to help patients, and we provide helpful reminders about scheduling a recertification appointment with one of our friendly physicians. Here are some important things you need to know about renewing your Florida medical marijuana card.
How Often Must You Renew Your Medical Cannabis Card?
A Florida medical marijuana card has an expiration day of twelve (12) months after it has been issued. That can sometimes confuse patients, who believe they only need to recertify every year.
Florida law requires that all patients consult with a cannabis healthcare provider every 210 days or seven months to remain a registered patient with a valid MMJ card. Patients must schedule an appointment with a certified physician to review symptoms, changes in prescription medications, and other important information.
Why Do I Have to Renew My Medical Marijuana Card?
The medical cannabis program in Florida requires renewal applications more often than in other states, which have a one-year recertification requirement. Some people find that every seven months is arduous compared to completing a renewal application annually. But there are some reasons why the requirement supports safe and responsible use.
Health officials and lawmakers feel that it is important for patients using medical cannabis to ‘check in’ with their certifying physician to help reduce risks of drug interactions and other potential risks associated with using cannabis products therapeutically.
Using Telemedicine to Complete your Florida MMJ Card Renewal
During COVID-19, most non-critical or life-threatening health services migrated to telemedicine for obvious reasons. Social distancing and pandemic safety policies dictated that telemedicine or online appointments were safer than visiting a Florida doctor in person. That was true for medical cannabis certifications as well.
However, after the pandemic emergency passed, the requirement for in-person appointments for patients returned. On May 4, 2023, Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed HB 387. This law permanently allowed the use of telehealth for medical marijuana recertification. It went into effect on July 1, 2023.
You can now return to the certifying physician you have met in person every year when renewing your Florida medical marijuana card. You can schedule an online telehealth appointment, which means you can renew your medical card online without the need to travel in person to a medical office.
Patients can only use telemedicine for MMJ renewal if they have an established relationship with the physician (or the doctor has met in person with them before). So, if you like your certifying physician, you can continue to renew at home and online.
What Happens If a Florida Medical Marijuana Card Expires?
A Florida medical marijuana card has an expiration day of twelve (12) months after it has been issued. That can sometimes confuse patients, who believe they only need to recertify every year. Florida law requires that all patients consult with a cannabis healthcare provider every 210 days or seven months to remain a registered patient with a valid MMJ card.
Let’s say you are traveling or you have simply forgotten to schedule your appointment to update your medical cannabis health recommendations. The moment your card is one day beyond expired, it is illegal for dispensaries to sell cannabis products to you. You will not be permitted to purchase medical cannabis from any Florida dispensary with an expired medical card.
Along with your card, something else expires your legal protections in Florida. Your medical card gives you the legal right to purchase, possess, and use products within the guidelines and restrictions provided in the state.
Once your card has expired, those legal protections no longer exist. You can be charged with marijuana possession if you have an expired MMJ card, even if you purchased cannabis from a dispensary while you had a valid Florida medical marijuana card.
Don’t let your card expire. Contact DocMJ if you have forgotten to renew your medical marijuana card and request a priority renewal appointment. Same-day appointments may be available.
Identification and Documents You Will Need for Medical Marijuana Card Renewal
Before you visit the website to renew your medical marijuana card, you will need to make sure you have additional information ready. Save the information on your phone or desktop to make it easy to upload and renew your Florida medical card.
You will need the following information to renew your medical marijuana card in Florida:
- Photo identification.
- Passport-style photo (if you do not have a driver’s license photo).
- Proof of state residency status (utility bill, government letter, or other official mail showing your name and Florida address).
- Payment method (credit or debit card).
If your address or legal name changes during the year, prior to your medical marijuana card renewal, you must update your information on the OMMU website.
If your address or legal name changes during the year, prior to your renewal deadline, you must log into your patient profile and update that information. All patients with Florida medical marijuana cards must keep their contact information updated and correct for the medical marijuana registry.
How to Renew Your Florida Medical Marijuana Card Step-By-Step
The identification card given to approved medical marijuana patients in Florida is administered by The Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use. This I.D. card is valid for one year from the patient’s initial approval date. For the patient’s convenience, the OMMU has printed the expiration date on the I.D. card underneath the patient’s date of birth.
Patients can renew their medical cannabis card up to forty-five (45) days before the expiration date. A $75.00 cost is payable to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU), plus a $2.75 convenience fee. The OMMU states that renewal requests can take up to ten days to process.
If renewing online, follow the following directions for a stress-free experience:
- On your smartphone, laptop, desktop, or other browser-friendly electronic device, open https://mmuregistry.flhealth.gov/Public/LogIn
- Log into your account by entering your Username and Password.
- If you have forgotten your password, click “Forgot Password?” underneath the LOG IN button and enter your email address. You will then receive a temporary password in your email inbox that can be used to log into your account.
- Once logged in, Navigate to the “Your Card” menu option at the top of the page to view your current, approved identification card application.
- Click the “Renew My Application” button underneath your personal demographic information to open a renewal application. The renewal option is only available 45 days before the expiration. If your previous card is still valid, renewing your card will not affect your ability to obtain products.
- Click “Renew” to confirm.
The photograph is pulled directly from your Florida Driver’s License or Florida Identification card. If the picture from your Florida Driver’s License or Florida Identification card does not automatically show up, please get in touch with DocMJ to confirm your physician has entered your Social Security Number and Date of Birth correctly.
- Click “Upload File” and supply a new copy of your Florida Driver’s License or Florida Identification card directly from your computer or mobile device.
- Electronically sign your application. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Signature section to type in your first and last names in the boxes provided.
- Click “Submit My Card Application.” A pop-up will appear advising that the application is incomplete until payment is received.
- Click “Close.”
To Process Your Medical Card Renewal Fees
- Click the button that says, “Click Here to Pay Online,” which will appear after submitting your card application.
- A new window containing the Bill2Pay interface will pop up for you to supply your payment information. Payments by e-check and credit card are accepted. A $2.75 convenience fee is applied to each online payment.
You can also send your payment by cashier check or money order, made payable to the Florida Department of Health. You can mail your payment to the following address:
Florida Department of Health ATTN:
Office of Medical Marijuana Use
P.O. BOX 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313
Print the confirmation of the payment for your records after finalizing your payment. *You can check the status of your application as it is reviewed. Click here for screenshots and additional information about renewing your Florida medical marijuana card.
You may continue to use your current Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card until its expiration date.
Checking the Status of a Medical Card Renewal Application
Now that you have completed your Florida medical marijuana card renewal, you should check on the status of your renewal. Remember that your renewal application history page contains updated information. It is essential to check that you have provided all required documents and that your payment was accepted.
Click here to check on your application (renewal) status. Get an explanation of the Card Status Icons to identify the status of your renewal application.
If you have any questions, you can contact the OMMU by telephone at (800) 808-9580 or email: [email protected].
Dr. Rothman is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has received multiple special awards and recognitions, including Physician of the Year, from the Pinellas County Medical Association (2014 – 2015) and the President’s Service Award from the Pinellas County Medical Society.
He attended medical school at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, where he also completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Rothman’s professional career includes being an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida and Clinical Instructor at the University of Tampa’s College of Nursing.
Dr. Rothman received his Florida Medical Marijuana Physicians Certification in 2016 and was one of the first recommending physicians through DocMJ in the state and is loved by many of those early patients today.