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Medical cannabidiol registration cards

Iowa Code 124D authorizes the Iowa Department of Public Health to approve the issuance of a cannabidiol registration card to a person who has intractable epilepsy or to a primary caregiver of a person who has intractable epilepsy.

Question markLearn more about cannabidiol registration card eligibility.

To legally possess and use cannabidiol (a medical marijuana extract) in Iowa, a patient or primary caregiver must submit an application to the Iowa Department of Public Health, and if approved, obtain a cannabidiol registration card from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Medical Cannabidiol Process diagram
Step one  Submit application (Iowa Department of Public Health)

All applications for cannabidiol registration cards must be submitted to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The IDPH will review applications and notify the applicant of its decision. Apply for a cannabidiol registration card with the IDPH.

Step twoReceive approval (Iowa Department of Public Health)

The IDPH will review applications and notify the applicant of its decision. If you are approved for a registration card, IDPH will notify the Iowa Department of Transportation that a card may be issued to you.

Step two  Obtain cannabidiol registration card (Iowa Department of Transportation)

If you are approved for a cannabidiol registration card, you may obtain the card at any Iowa driver’s license issuance site. There is no charge for the card. You will need to bring your current driver’s license or identification card with you for proof of identity. Any updates to your driver’s license or identification card (e.g., change of address or name change) must be made prior to the issuance of the cannabidiol registration card. Learn more about requirements to update an Iowa driver’s license or identification card due to an address or name change.

If you are a primary caregiver from a state other than Iowa and are approved to obtain an Iowa cannabidiol registration card, you must present your driver’s license or identification card from your state of residence at any Iowa driver’s license issuance site. Any updates to your license or identification card must be made before you can obtain an Iowa cannabidiol registration card.

Keep in mind that cannabidiol registration cards will not be valid for identification purposes.

Renewal and changes

Question mark How do I renew my Iowa cannabidiol registration card?

Iowa cannabidiol registration cards are valid for one year from the date the card is issued. To renew your card, you must submit a renewal application to the Iowa Department of Public Health at least 60 days prior to the date your card expires. After you are approved for renewal by the IDPH, you may obtain a new card by visiting any Iowa driver’s license issuance location.

Question mark What do I do if I need to change my Iowa cannabidiol registration card or if I lose my original card?

If you need to change your Iowa cannabidiol registration card to update your address or name, you will need to bring your current registration card to any Iowa driver’s license issuance location to obtain a replacement card. Any updates to your information must also be changed on your Iowa driver’s license or identification card.

If your original Iowa cannabidiol registration card is lost, stolen, or destroyed, you will need to visit any Iowa driver’s license issuance station and present your driver’s license or identification card to obtain a replacement.

Question mark Primary caregiver cards: How do I add a patient to my Iowa cannabidiol registration card?

If you have been issued an Iowa cannabidiol registration card as a primary caregiver of a person or persons with intractable epilepsy and need to add a patient to your registration card, you must submit a new application to the Iowa Department of Public Health for review. After the application is approved by the IDPH, you will need to visit any Iowa driver’s license issuance location to obtain a replacement registration card.