Arizona Medical Marijuana Program
The Arizona Department of Health Services will accept Dispensary Registration Certificate applications in late 2015. There will be more information forthcoming regarding which, and the number of CHAA's that will be available.
Use the links below to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. This is a developing program, so there may be things referenced in the FAQs that are not available yet. We suggest you bookmark this site and check back periodically to find the information you need.
Note: The information provided here is intended to provide general guidance and is just a supplement to the final rules and existing Arizona statutes governing the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. For specific sections of the rules and statutes that pertain to these FAQs, search our Rules & Statutes section.
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RI01: Why do I need to submit a new, current photograph when I renew my card?
According to Rule, the definition of a current photograph means "…an image of an individual, taken no more than 60 calendar days before the submission of the individual's application…". Submitting the same photograph for a renewal application would undoubtedly exceed the 60 calendar day requirement. Therefore, a new, current photograph must be submitted with the renewal application.
RI02: Will I be able to change my demographic information such as my name and address during the renewal application?
Yes, during renewal, you can make any necessary changes to your application including your name, address, email address, etc. You will need to provide identification that supports those changes when renewing.
RI03: Where can I find the forms needed for the renewal application?
All forms can be found at and are available for download in the Forms section
RI04: I am a qualifying patient wishing to renew my card. However, I want to change, remove, or add a designated caregiver. Will I be able to do this?
Yes. During renewal, the qualifying patient applicant will be able to change, remove, add or designate a caregiver. The qualifying patient will also be able to maintain the status of not having a caregiver.
RI05: Why do I need to submit a new, current Physician Certification Form when I renew my card?
According to Rule, a physician's written certification must be dated within 90 calendar days of an application. Additionally, the physician must have conducted an in-person physical examination within the previous 90 calendar days. Therefore a new, current Physician Certification Form must be submitted with the renewal application. The form can be found in the Forms section.
RI06: Will I be able to change my cultivation status during the renewal application?
Yes, during renewal, you will be able to change your cultivation status as well as make new decisions regarding a designated caregiver. Please remember that only the qualifying patient or designated caregiver can cultivate, not both.
RI07: What if I misplaced/lost/do not have my existing card? How do I obtain the card number in order to renew the card?
If you have misplaced, lost, or do not have your existing card and need the card number for renewal, please email the program support staff. Please include your full name, date of birth, and a phone number where you can be reached.
RI08: Why do I need to obtain and mail in two new original sets of fingerprints?
According to Rules, if the designated caregiver's fingerprints were submitted more than six (6) months prior, two new original sets of fingerprints must be submitted as part of the renewal application.
RI09: Why is the designated caregiver's card voided if the qualifying patient's card is allowed to expire?
Any time a qualifying patient's card is no longer valid, the associated designated caregiver's card must be voided. If a qualifying patient's card is allowed to expire, the card is no longer valid and voids the caregiver's card.
RI10: What if I misplaced/lost/do not have my existing card or the qualifying patient card number for renewal? How do I obtain the card number(s) in order to renew the card?
If you have misplaced, lost, or do not have your existing cards and need the card numbers for renewal, please email the program support staff. Please include your full name, date of birth, and a phone number where you can be reached.