A caregiver is an individual, designated by a qualifying patient, who can legally possess, acquire from a certified medical cannabis dispensary, and administrate the qualifying patient’s use of medical cannabis.

A designated caregiver is not allowed to assist more than one patient and is not allowed or authorized to grow or cultivate medical cannabis. At any given time, the designated caregiver may acquire up to two-and-a-half ounces of medical cannabis on behalf of the patient.


  • Must be at least 21 years old with proof of identity
  • Must be a resident of Illinois with proof of residency
  • Must be designated by a qualifying patient as that patient’s designated
    caregiver who will assist in the use of medical cannabis
  • Have not been convicted of any felony offense involving the illegal manufacture, distribution, or use of controlled substance

Becoming a Caregiver

To apply for a registry identification card, the designated caregiver shall submit a completed application to the Department as an attachment, along with other required documents, to the registry application of the qualifying patient who designated him.

The application of the designated caregiver shall have the following requirements:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Current passport size picture
  • Annual caregiver application fee of $25

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