Caregivers - Do I Qualify?

A qualified patient may identify a primary caregiver, who will be registered with the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP).  Upon registration and approval by MMP staff, a primary caregiver will be able to pick up the qualifying patient's allotment of medicinal marijuana from the patient’s registered Alternative Treatment Center.

All primary caregivers must register with the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program and submit a required fingerprint submission and background check.

To become a patient’s primary caregiver, you must:

  • Be a New Jersey resident
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Agree to assist a qualifying patient with the medical use of marijuana
  • Not be the patient’s physician
  • Submit to a criminal history/background check

A minor patient may also qualify for a reduced application fee under their legal guardian/caregiver’s eligibility for a reduced fee.

Note: the patient must initiate the caregiver registration; caregivers must be registered on the MMP registry during or after the time of patient registration.


What is a Caregiver?

A patient certified for medicinal marijuana may elect to have a caregiver if needed. A caregiver can be used if a patient’s condition is too severe to the point where they cannot physically go to their alternative treatment center (ATC) by themselves. Patients may designate up to two caregivers.

A caregiver can purchase medicinal marijuana from an ATC without the patient’s presence.

Caregivers are chosen by the certified patient; usually a friend or family member. Caregivers can be added at any time during registration and must go through the same process as patients to receive a card.

Caregivers are required to submit fingerprints for a criminal background investigation. The fingerprinting forms will be available once the caregiver has begun the online registration.

Please see the “Do I qualify” information on the left to view if you are eligible to become a caregiver.

There is a fee of $100 for a caregiver identification card, unless the caregiver is a senior citizen, military veteran, or receives certain forms of government assistance (see below). In the event any of those conditions are met, the reduced fee is $20. In addition, there is a fee to have your background check processed.

I was asked to become a caregiver for the MMP, what do I need to register?

To register for the MMP you must have the following documentation digitally scanned into a computer and uploaded into our secure online registry:

Image of yourself

Photograph must be a recent digital photo taken against a white background; the patient/caregiver shall not wear a hat, glasses or any other item that may alter or disguise the overall features of the face; the patient/caregiver face must take up 70 percent of the picture; and a digital photograph must be in JPEG or GIF format, which is the format used by most digital cameras.

Government Issue photo identification

One of the following:

  • Current NJ digital license
  • Current NJ digital non-driver ID card
  • NJ County ID Card

Proof of current New Jersey residency - (P.O. Boxes NOT Accepted)

One of the following:

  • Utility bill issued in the past 90 days that shows your name at your current address
  • Utility Bills accepted: Gas-Electric-Water-Sewer-Cell Phone-Cable (Television/Internet/Phone)
  • Any correspondence from IRS or NJ State tax office within the last year

Reduced Fee Eligibility:

Proof of meeting one of the following categories qualifies for a reduced fee:

  • Senior Citizen (age 65 and older)
  • Military Veteran
  • Recipient of certain forms of government assistance
    • NJ Medicaid
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • NJ Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Social Security Disability (SSD)

You will also be required to print out a Criminal Background Investigation Form. This form will be accessible once you are within our registry. This form will contain instructions on where you can sign-up to have your fingerprints taken to clear you as an MMP caregiver.

You will be processed with your accompanying patient and will receive your notice of verification via email once your background check and uploaded documents have been successfully cleared.

Parents or legal guardians of minor patients are not charged a fee for their cards.

Last Reviewed: 4/4/2018