Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card Online in Florida
How to Get Your Florida Medical Cannabis Card Online
1. Schedule an Appointment with The Sanctuary Wellness Institute
Call (863) 588-3186 or book online Here. Our helpful team can answer your questions and walk you through the process. You will also need to check with the State to make sure your card is valid and update if necessary. See below to learn more
2. Meet with a Doctor via video on your computer or smart phone
After confirming your eligibility your doctor will enter your renewal order into the Medical Marijuana Use registry specifying the amounts and types of cannabis for you.
3. Purchase Cannabis at a Florida Dispensary
Finally, once your doctor has entered your new order recommendation on to the State registry, you can then purchase your medication at the dispensary. Be sure to check you card with the State is valid. into the state registry, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the patient portal, where you may fill out a card application and pay the $75 charge.
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Some Things to Know about Florida Medical Marijuanas Card Renewal Process
The medical marijuana card renewal timing in Florida is a bit confusing but the process is similar to the original application. The patient must see a qualified doctor every 7 months to renew their order but the card itself, issued by the State of Florida, must be renewed once per year. You will receive reminders from both The Sanctuary Wellness Institute if you have been to us in the past and the State of Florida when it is time to renew but you may want to also put it on your calendar.
Applying for renewal as soon as you're eligible will ensure your card does not expire, which would impede your ability to purchase medical marijuana.
Here are some details to help you successfully renew your order and you card:
- 1. The Certification with the doctor is good for 210 days or 7 months (per the state). If certification expires and the card is still valid, the patient CAN NOT purchase medication from the dispensary.
- 2. How to locate MMJ expiration date: The patient can find their certification expiration date and card expiration date by going to their Medical Marijuana Use Registry account.
- a. To find the certification expiration: Click “your profile” scrolling all the way to the bottom where it shows listed orders, and the latest scheduled date of orders will be the expiration date.
- b. To find the card expiration: Click” your profile” will be located at the top in the amount of days until renewal is needed. Can also find under “your card”, where the expiration date will be listed and the amount of days until renewal is needed. Expiration date can also be found on the physical card.
- 3. The Card is valid for ONE year. The state will send out an email 90 days before the expiration date. If the card expires, the patient will not be able to purchase medication from a dispensary and will have to wait for the approval period again. They can only renew 45 days before their expiration date on the card.
- a. The patient will need to login into their Medical Marijuana Use Registry account.
- b. Clients will complete NEW application by clicking “your card” and pay the state fee of $77.75.
Medical marijuana is a life-changing treatment for many of its patients. It allows individuals who previously struggled with day-to-day activities due to chronic pain or symptoms from debilitating medical conditions to regain their ability to complete those activities. The impact of cannabis on those patients’ lives has been tremendous, and more and more people are benefiting from it by the day.
What to Expect When Visiting our Doctor
At your appointment the doctor will meet with you to determine what form of cannabis and how much you are permitted to purchase at the dispensary. The order is entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry which the dispensaries access when you visit them to make your cannabis purchases.
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute doctors are certified to recommend you for medical cannabis treatment. They are experienced and knowledgeable about medical marijuana. If you have new questions or concerns, the doctor can help answer them for you.
Doctors can recommend low-THC cannabis, smokable marijuana, and medical marijuana in alternate delivery forms. If you believe your current form of treatment is ineffective, talk to your doctor about other methods and dosages.
Required Documents and Forms
The OMMU requires a photograph and proof of residency to process your renewal application. If you are a full-time Florida resident, your license or non-driver ID card issued by the state will fulfill that requirement. They must be valid and up to date.
Part-time seasonal residents also have to provide supporting documentation. In particular, you'll have to either upload or mail a passport-sized photo and your proof of residency documents.
Renewal of Your Florida Medical Card
You can apply online using the same OMMU account you used for your original application. Once you’re logged in, click on the tab titled "YOUR CARD." From there, simply follow the prompts and confirm all of your demographic information.
The registry is electronically linked to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. So, if you're a full-time resident, you can confirm your residency and upload your photo ID automatically.
Seasonal residents will follow the same prompts but upload electronic copies of their photo IDs and proof of residency documents. Valid proof of residency documents include:
- A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, or residential lease agreement
- Valid proof of a residential address from the applicant's parent, step-parent, legal guardian, or another person the seasonal resident resides with as well as a statement from that person confirming the seasonal resident resides with them
- A utility hookup or work order dated less than 60 days prior to registration with the OMMU
- A utility bill dated within two months
- Mail from a financial institution, including account statements, dated within two months
- Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency that’s dated within two months
Application Approval Process
The OMMU typically processes online applications in 24 to 48 hours. Any applications submitted with out The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles typically takes 15 business days. Wait times can be longer if the registry experiences higher than usual volume, making it even more important to apply for renewal as soon as you 're eligible.
You can contact the OMMU at (800)808-9580 to check the status of your application if you believe there is a delay. Your online account will also display your application status on its dashboard.
Applying online and submitting your driver's license or state ID will guarantee that your application is approved as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will need to renew your MMJ card with online registry annually. Your card's expiration date appears on the right side of the card next to your date of birth. The OMMU begins accepting renewal applications 45 days before your card's expiration date.
Use your online registry account and follow the self-guided prompts to renew your card online. The process is similar to the one you completed for your initial MMJ card application.
Renewals are $75.00 for both patients and caregivers. Online payments are subject to a $2.75 convenience fee. If you can’t pay online with a credit card, debit card, or e-check, you can also pay by check or by money order mailed to the OMMU. There is a $15.00 service fee if your online payment or check is denied or returned for any reason.
The application itself only takes about 15 minutes. However, it’s important to be thorough and ensure that all of the information you submit is correct. If the patient has a valid Florida ID or driver's license they are approved as soon as they finish the application and make the State payment.
Incomplete or incorrect applications will require correction, and that can delay your renewal.
Physicians can only order a 70-day supply of low-THC cannabis or medical marijuana. These products are consumed orally, as inhalants, topically, sub-lingually, or as suppositories. Doctors always specify their patients’ dosages, so the amount you can purchase from dispensaries will depend on your doctor’s recommendation.
Smokable marijuana can only be ordered in 35-day supplies, and doctors can only issue six orders per certification. Patients can possess up to four ounces of herbal cannabis if their doctor believes the benefits of smoking marijuana to treat their qualifying condition(s) are greater than the associated health risks.
However, in the state of Florida, patients can only purchase 2.5 ounces of smokable marijuana at a time.
Caregivers renew their cards the same way patients do—submitting the renewal application online or through the mail. If you’re a caregiver, make sure your patient has a valid card when you go to renew yours.
You can only obtain a replacement card by mail. To do so, you must print and complete the Change, Replacement or Surrender Request form from the OMMU's website and mail it to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use at this address: PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313.
Replacement cards are $15.00 and must be paid for by check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health.