Medical Marijuana ID Program
The Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program in the State of California advises counties to administer a voluntary card registration program that allows eligible patients and their primary caregivers to apply for and receive identification cards through their county of residence (Senate Bill 420). The cards may protect eligible patients and their primary caregivers against wrongful arrest and prosecution for use and possession of marijuana for medical purposes in California.
How do I apply for a medical marijuana ID card?
You must apply in person. Complete the Patient Application/Renewal Form, form DHS 9042. Submit the Written Documentation of Patient's Medical Records, form CDPH 9044, or physician's recommendation. Submit proof of identity, this can be a driver's license, passport or other government-issued photo ID card. Submit proof of residency, a recent utility bill, rent or mortgage receipt with your name on it. Pay the required fee. Medi-Cal beneficiaries receive a 50% reduction. It is necessary that you bring in your Medi-Cal card. If you wish to designate a primary caregiver, complete the Primary Caregiver Application/Renewal Form, form DHS 9042. Your caretaker must accompany you when you apply. The fee for a primary caregiver is the same as the patient's fee.
Effective January 1, 2014
Non Medi-Cal Beneficiary $154
Medi-Cal Beneficiary $77
How do I get my card when my application is approved?
Once your card has been received from the State, our office will call you. Please note we do not mail the card.
How do I renew my card when it expires?
You must reapply following the same procedure as listed above.
225 37th Avenue, Room 11
San Mateo, CA 94403
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays 8 - 5
Thursdays 8 - 4
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Primary Caregiver Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Primary Caregiver Application/Renewal Form-DHS 9042 (English pdf / Spanish pdf)
For more information on the County of San Mateo's Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program, please call (650) 573-2395 or visit us during regular business hours at 225-37th Ave, Room 11 in San Mateo, CA 94403. For additional information, visit the California Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program website or contact the State directly:
State of California
Department of Health Services
Office of County Health Services
Medical Marijuana Unit
PO Box 997413, MS 5203
Sacramento, CA 95899-7413
Associate Governmental Program Analyst