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Step-by-Step Guide to Updating or Replacing Your Registry ID Card in New York

Step-by-Step Guide to Updating or Replacing Your Registry ID Card in New York

Navigating the world of medical marijuana can be complex, especially when it comes to keeping your registration and identification up-to-date. For those in New York, the process of updating or replacing your Medical Marijuana Registry ID Card is straightforward.

Medical marijuana in New York has become more straightforward since March 2023, thanks to significant updates to the Medical Cannabis Data Management System (MCDMS).

Here’s an updated guide to help you understand the current process for updating and replacing your Medical Marijuana Registry ID Card.

For Certified Patients and Designated Caregivers Post-March 2023:

  • Automatic Registration: As of March 20, 2023, the process of obtaining a Medical Marijuana Registry ID has been simplified. Now, when patients are certified by their healthcare providers, they are automatically registered in the New York medical marijuana program. The patient certification itself includes the Registry ID, eliminating the need for a separate plastic registry ID card​​​​. For detailed information on the registry ID process, visit the New York Office of Cannabis Management​.
  • Updates to Personal Information: If you need to update your name or address and your certification number begins with PC3, you should contact your certifying practitioner. These changes will be automatically updated in the Medical Cannabis Program​​.

For Patients and Caregivers Certified Before March 20, 2023:

  • Registry ID Card: If you were certified before this date, you must continue using your existing registry ID card along with your MMJ certification to purchase medical cannabis products​​.

Step-by-Step Instructions on Updating or Replacing

  1. Access Your Account: Start by logging into your account. Once you’re in, navigate to “Health Applications” and then to the “Medical Cannabis Data Management System”.
  2. Select the Relevant Registration: Within the system, click on the registration tile for whom the update is required. This could be for yourself or someone you’re a caregiver for.
  3. Initiate the Update: Click on “Update Information.” This is your gateway to editing your details.
  4. Edit Your Information: If needed, update your personal information. Remember, accuracy is key to ensure your registration remains valid.
  5. Submission and Confirmation: After answering all the required questions, click “Submit”. The system will then issue you a new Registry ID. This step is crucial as it finalizes your updates.
  6. Immediate Access to New ID: Once your submission is processed, you will have immediate access to a new Registry ID. This ID, along with your patient certification and government-issued photo ID, will allow you to obtain medical cannabis products from any Registered Organization dispensary.


Updating or replacing your New York Medical Marijuana Card is a critical step in maintaining legal access to medical cannabis. The recent updates to New York’s medical marijuana program have made the process more efficient, ensuring quicker access to medical cannabis for certified patients and ensuring your continued eligibility.

Always keep your information current to avoid any unnecessary complications in obtaining your medical cannabis. It’s crucial to understand these changes and maintain communication with your healthcare provider to stay compliant and continue accessing medical cannabis legally.


Note: This article’s content is provided for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional legal or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or queries regarding laws, regulations, or your health, you should always consult a lawyer, physician, or other licensed practitioner.

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