Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa

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Card Benefits

Wondering Why You Should Get Your Medical Card?

Having your medical marijuana card in Iowa can change everything.
Dispensary Access

Without your medical card, you won't be able to visit dispensaries or purchase medical cannabis products.

Legal Protection

Possessing or using cannabis without a valid medical card can still land you in legal trouble. A medical marijuana card grants you protection from prosecution.

Tailored Treatment Options

With a medical marijuana card, patients gain access to a wide range of medical cannabis products specifically tailored to address various health concerns.

Holistic Healthcare

Medical marijuana can offer a more holistic approach, minimizing the reliance on pharmaceutical drugs and other medications that may lead to dependency or adverse reactions.

Patient Support

Your doctor can help you understand dosage recommendations, potential side effects, and any interactions with other medications. Also, they are there to ensure you have a safe and effective experience with medical marijuana.


Purchasing from a dispensary can often be more cost-effective compared to purchasing from the illicit market. Also, possessing a medical marijuana card often comes with discounts and special offers provided by dispensaries.

How To Get Your Card

Getting your MMJ card in Iowa is simple with PrestoDoctor.

Book an appointment with PrestoDoctor

Speak to a doctor at PrestoDoctor and get approved for your Iowa medical marijuana card online. 

The appointment with our certified medical cannabis doctors is only $159.99. If you are not approved, you will get your money back!

Get approved for your MMJ card

Upon receiving a recommendation from the certified doctor, complete the Patient Registry Application available on the Iowa Department of Health’s website.

Next, you will need to pay the Iowa state registration fee. This is found within your patient portal. 

Start visiting licensed dispensaries!

Once approved, the IDPH will send out a temporary card via email. Your physical medical card will be mailed to the address listed in your state application.

Once approved, you may pick up your medical marijuana card from any DMV or courthouse. You may then purchase medical marijuana products in Iowa.

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Required Documents:

You’ll need the following documents to apply for your Iowa MMJ card:

Proof of Identity

The following are acceptable proof of identity:

Proof of Residency

If you do not have an Iowa drivers license or ID card, you may request submission of an alternative form of valid photo identification. 

Doctor Approval (we provide this after your appointment)

After approval, you must apply with the state:

Qualifying Conditions

In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in Iowa, it is crucial to meet the qualifying medical conditions set forth by the state. To be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Iowa, individuals must have one or more of the following qualifying medical conditions:


Here are the most frequently asked questions about Iowa's Medical Program.

Recreational cannabis is not legal in Iowa, so getting a medical marijuana recommendation is the only way to use and possess marijuana legally.

Once the doctor approves you for medical cannabis, we will send a signed healthcare practitioner certification after your appointment is completed. Once you’ve received your patient certification from our doctors, you will need to fill out an online patient application for the medical marijuana program on the Iowa State website. We will also send step-by-step instructions on how to do this, post-appointment, via email. 

No. Qualifying registered patients and their designated caregivers cannot grow or cultivate medical marijuana. Marijuana products must be purchased through licensed Iowa medical marijuana dispensaries.

Patients must be 18 years or older to get an Iowa state recommendation from PrestoDoctor. If you are under 18, you must apply with a caregiver.

The cost for your doctor appointment with PrestoDoctor is $159.99. You’ll only be billed if you are approved for your medical marijuana card. In the event of a denial, rest assured, there is no charge, as we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

Iowa charges a non-refundable application processing fee of $100. This is not part of your PrestoDoctor appointment price. 

You may qualify for the reduced fee ($25) by providing proof of any of the following: Veteran status, Social Security Disability Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Iowa Medicaid or Hawk-I member. 

Unfortunately, out of state medical marijuana card holders are not allowed to purchase products from Iowa dispensaries.

Additionally, there is no recreational use in Iowa.

Medical documentation is encouraged, however it is not required. It is up to your physician to decide if you have a qualifying medical condition.

Yes, you are required to have a valid medical marijuana card in Iowa to purchase marijuana.

Yes, you must be a resident of Iowa with proof of residency to get an Iowa medical marijuana card.

To find a list of PrestoDoctor's recommended Iowa dispensaries, click here.

Patients are eligible to purchase 4.5 grams of THC every 90 days. 

Patients are also eligible for a waiver to the 4.5g THC per 90-day purchase limit. Patients with a terminal illness are eligible to submit a waiver with their initial application. 

The state of Iowa Bureau of Medical Cannabis office processes applications in the order they are received.

To expedite the process, patients and caregivers are encouraged to use the online registration portal. If submitting by paper mail, it may take up to 6 weeks to receive a decision.

If approved, your card will be digitally emailed to the email address listed on your account.

Iowa state recommendations are valid for up to one year from the date it is issued. 

Patients may renew their card up to 60 days prior to expiration.

More Information On Iowa

Once you’ve been approved and received your medical marijuana certification, the next step is to begin your patient application with the state. Begin by creating an account on the Iowa DPH and fill out all necessary information. 

Additionally, there is a non-refundable $100 government fee that must be paid as part of the application process.

Once your application is complete, Iowa’s Medical Cannabis Program typically takes between 3 to 5 days for processing (if submitted online). Upon approval, you’ll be able to immediately access and print your digital Iowa Medical Marijuana Card. 

You can renew your ID card up to 60 days before its expiration date. The renewal process requires submitting the patient registry application form, a new Physician Written Certification, a photocopy of your Iowa-issued driver’s license or state ID, and payment of nonrefundable application fees. 

Patients must be re-certified annually by a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Iowa. You do not need to go back to the same medical cannabis doctor in Iowa who initially certified you.

  • Available dispensary products include:
    • Oral forms (tablets, capsules, liquids, tinctures, sublingual forms)
    • Topical forms (gels, ointments, creams, lotions and transdermal patches)
    • Nebulizable (inhaled forms)
    • Suppositories (rectal and vaginal)
    • Vaporization
    • Raw flower is NOT an allowed form in Iowa.
  • Medical cannabis cannot be smoked
  • Food items containing medical cannabis are not allowed

Caregivers must also register with the state of Iowa to obtain a registry card permitting them to possess and dispense medical marijuana on behalf of their patient.

To become a designated caregiver, applicants must complete the designated caregiver application. This card is necessary for parents or legal guardians to purchase medical marijuana for minors, as patients under 18 cannot directly buy from dispensaries.

The registration fee for caregivers is $25.

Out-of-state medical marijuana patients can use medical cannabis but are not permitted to purchase from any Iowa state-licensed dispensary. Patients must have a valid, unexpired medical marijuana card from their home state.

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