How to Get a Colorado Support Employee Medical Marijuana Badge

If you’re at least 21 and want to legally work for any Colorado business that deals with marijuana products then you need to go through the process of getting badged first, before you can start working.  And luckily for you, I just went through the application process, so I can tell you exactly what to expect.

And once you do have your badge, you’re going to be 10 times more appealing to all those dispensaries you’ve been applying to, so go through this process ASAP!


The first thing you’re going to want to do is fill out THIS APPLICATION, from top to bottom, so that it’s easy to quickly run you through the process, when you arrive at the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) Headquarters.  They ask for pretty basic information but, if you have any questions, give the MED office a call (at this number 303-205-8421), and they will gladly help you out.  Most people have questions about what needs to be listed on their arrest record, since you’re about to go through an extensive background check, and you don’t want to get caught withholding any information.  Trust me; honesty is the best policy here, and having an old arrest on your record isn’t going to keep you from being badged.  They just want ensure that everyone who has one of these badges around their neck is someone with good morals, and a liar just isn’t going to cut it.


You’ll also want to make sure that you have a photo ID on you, so that you can prove you are who you say you are, on paper.  And, while this may be obvious to many, you have to be a Colorado resident in order to get your badge, so hopefully the ID you’re toting around is a Colorado driver’s license.  Why?  Because that will not only identify who you are, but it will also serve as your proof of residency.  Otherwise you’re going to want to also bring in a pay stub or housing paperwork that lists your name and Colorado address, to prove your residency, since banking statements won’t be accepted.


OK, so you have your filled-out application and ID/proof of residency in your pocket, but let’s not forget the application fee of $150!  So, head to the ATM or write out a check or money order, because you need EXACT CHANGE to make this work.  Sure, you can ask other people in the waiting room for change, but that just slows down the process even more.  Now, if you opt to skip the cash route, just be sure to make your check or money order out to Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR).

HEAD TO DENVER (Or Give the Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, or Longmont Office a Call)

Now, you’re going to want to grab your filled-out application, ID, proof of residency and money, and get yourself to the Marijuana Enforcement Division at 455 Sherman Street, Suite 390,  Denver, CO 80203.  Their hours are 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.  Now, the building does offer a free parking garage for visitors, but you’ll have to move your car every 2 hours and may have a hard time parking in the garage, since it has such tight quarters.  But regardless of where you park, you’re going to want to get there around 8 AM and sign in as soon as they’ll let you, because people are served on a first-come, first-served basis, based on that sign in sheet.  And luckily for you, the days of the whole “lottery” deal and stamps are long gone, but you have to get here early enough to ensure you are seen, because you have a bit of waiting ahead of you.  And it looks like now you can call one of the following offices and set up an appointment at these numbers: (719) 570-5622 for Colorado Springs, (970) 248-7181 for Grand Junction, or (303) 866-2274 for the Longmont office.  Things are getting better; you don’t have to drive as far and you’ll be seen quicker!


And now you wait… Once you’re signed in, all you do is have a seat in one of their waiting rooms (or out in the hallway) and wait for them to call your name.  I actually arrived around 8:45 AM on a Monday (seems like one of the busier days) and didn’t have my name called until 11:15 AM, so plan on waiting a while.  In fact, plan on this process taking up most of your day, just so you don’t have to leave for some prior engagement before you’re finished.  And once you get out of your car, you’re going to want to make a mental note as to when you need to move your car, in order to avoid a pesky ticket.  I moved my car twice, to be safe, and there always seems to be at least one spot open on that block, or in the parking garage.  In fact, I moved my car once before I actually got to hand in my paperwork, so pay attention to the time.


Once your name is called, you’ll head to the front desk and hand them your application, money and identification.  They will look over your application and have you fill in any information you left out, let you know if you have everything you need, and then they’ll start copying your information and get it into the system.  Like I mentioned above, it’s best to call ahead of time to be sure that you have everything, because I saw quite a few people who had to leave and get other paperwork, before they could be processed.


But soon after that step is taken care of, you will be instructed to go wash your hands down the hallway, and then have a seat and wait for your name to be called again.  And, if you’re heading to the bathroom to wash your hands, the door you want to attempt to open doesn’t have a door knob.  Quite a few of us (myself included) attempted to turn the knob of a locked door and then ended up waiting in the hallway for a while, because we thought someone was in there.  The bathroom signage is a little confusing so, if you run into this issue, go ahead and push the door without the knob and you’re in!  From what I overheard in the office, they are conducting some kind of lower-level background check on all the information you entered on your application, which is why it will be about an hour before they call your name the second time.  They just want to ensure that all the information you provided them with on paper is legit, and that you’re eligible to be badged, before they put you through the finals steps.


But don’t show up at the office between noon to one, because all the employees leave for lunch and there’s no one there to process your application.  I actually had to wait until after the MED’s lunch break before my name was called the second time, but luckily I met a couple cool people who smoked me up at their apartment, while were waiting for the employees to return.  And oddly enough, someone had pizza delivered directly to the waiting room while we were there.  Now, that’s a stereotypical stoner move, which was kind of funny, but you’ll be asked to eat it outside the office building if you go this route.


And once everyone comes back from lunch, and your name is called a second time, you’ll be taken into a side room, with one of the happiest employees in the office.  At this point, I believe your initial background check came back with good results, and it’s time for you to have a seat in front of a camera.  While sitting, you’ll be informed that in two years, when you need to renew your badge, you’ll be mailed an information packet that you need to fill out and mail back, instead of having to go through this process again every two years, which is why you’re asked to tell them when you move.  Then the employee will try their best to get you to smile big for your picture, and then hand you your green Marijuana Enforcement Division Licensee lanyard, while your name and picture are being printed onto your badge.  And once you approve the spelling of your name on your badge, you’ll move over to the digital fingerprinting machine.  All of your fingerprints will be taken in order for them to put you through one last background check, to ensure that you didn’t steal anyone’s identity.


But as soon as your fingerprints are taken, you will be lead into the waiting room in the back, where you will sign your name on a piece of paper and write your address on an envelope, to finalize the process.  And if you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice that the envelope you’re filling out already contains your badge and acceptance letter.  You just fill out the address for them to avoid it being sent to the wrong place, and then they only mail it to you if you pass the background checks.  Now, you won’t get your badge right away, because you still have to pass the fingerprint-based background check, but you should have it mailed to you within a week (it took 5 days for me), as long as there are no issues with your background check.  But they will send you home with a payment receipt, which includes your future license number, so it should be easy for them to check the status for you, if it’s taking too long.


And that’s it… you’re done… head home!

I’m happy to announce that you no longer have to show up at the MED office 4 to 6 times before you’ll make it through the application process.  There are no longer any lotteries or stamps given out; they must have streamlined the process for you!  And as long as you get there first thing in the morning and your paperwork is filled out correctly, you can be sure that you’ll get through the process in one day.  Like I said, I got there at 8:45 AM, I was called to hand in my application by 11:15 AM, and then I finished the whole process by 1:20 PM, and that was on a busy Monday.  Just be sure that you DO NOT show up to the MED office after 2:30 PM, because that’s their cutoff point, when they no longer start new applicants through the process.  There are probably already quite a few people ahead of you, and the employees need to get all those applicants through the process before 5 PM, so they can go home.

And regardless of what the employees tell you in person or on the phone, they DO still make appointments in Denver, for special cases.  I was told that they don’t, but about 7 people came in at once, with an appointment, and were able to skip in front of everyone else.  But, if you live pretty far from Denver, I’d just call one of the other offices listed above and skip the waiting in line crap.  Otherwise, you’ll just want to set aside half a day for this and get there early.

I hope this helps lessen your fears of getting badged, and perhaps the next Wookwok Wakening will contain stories of my first day on the job, as a legal courier of marijuana products.  Until then! 😉

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  1. Stephanie Enger September 6, 2016 at 13:02

    Your link for the application doesn’t work. Could you post another?

  2. Mikey July 6, 2016 at 12:05

    The state link for the application is down. Is there any other way I can obtain it 8(

  3. Joshua June 13, 2016 at 14:41

    looking to find out where to go to get MMJ Badge

  4. Linda Conner June 12, 2016 at 16:25

    Must your Colorado driver’s license match your current address. I got my license in Ft collins but have since moved to Denver

  5. Monty May 18, 2016 at 18:55

    Dude thank you so much for this! I’ve been spending the last hour trying to find info on how to get a med badge, and this is the most informative piece I’ve seen about it! You’re a hero, my friend.

  6. Donald Woolwine May 2, 2016 at 01:48

    Living in VA, wanting to move to Colorado to work in Mmj industry. Got into trouble as a young man (20 years ago) was wondering if I’d be eligible for a badge

  7. Katie Schwaab February 2, 2016 at 21:17

    I had a deferred felony when I was 20 for a controlled substance, hash. Would that be frowned upon? Or could I still get it

  8. Bilie December 20, 2015 at 21:51

    Can u get badge with owing back child support?

  9. Billie November 7, 2015 at 00:55

    Well said and very informative. Simply wonderful, thanks.

  10. Teddy karr November 1, 2015 at 02:41

    Do I need a badge to do construction job at a dispenser I also ha e felony drug conviction s

  11. Rudy Garcia October 9, 2015 at 13:01

    Hello I was arrested for burglary charged but never convicted my lawyer is trying to get these arrest records off. I also have a conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence. Do you think i could pass a background check Wookwok?

  12. Patrick Guerrier Dale September 23, 2015 at 17:59

    So if I have a harassment charge from a year and half ago, and then a few traffic tickets; would that be a problem do you think?

  13. Chris September 4, 2015 at 21:57

    If u don’t pass the background check do u get the $150 back?

  14. Justin Lizama June 14, 2015 at 16:24

    So I live in a different state and I want to get my MED badge to work at a dispensary, if I move there and apply for this, will it be approved or do I have to live in Colorado for 2 years to get it?

  15. crow April 29, 2015 at 10:37

    Just wanted to share my experience on 4/27/15. I went to the Denver location and walked in the door at 10:45 A.M. They told me to sign in and sit behind the blue wall. Someone came in at 10:50 A.M. and they told them to come back at 1:00 P.M. So I advise going early unless you want an even longer process. Anyway, it was really simple ( I was nervous to be honest ) . I got called up to the front desk to hand in my APP and $150 at 11:10 A.M. I had three people in front of me and before i knew it I was called for fingerprints at 11:30. I then took my picture for the badge at 11:45 and walked out before noon. I saw someone get denied because they didn’t bring their arrest disposition papers. Overall, it was a simple process and it took a total of an hour and fifteen minutes. Again, that was in the Denver location and I walked in with no appointment. Not bad. Thank you everybody for the info on here, it helped me a lot & best of luck.

  16. Emily March 8, 2015 at 16:33

    How much is it to get the badge?

    1. Wookwok March 19, 2015 at 20:24

      It’s currently $150 for a support badge (most people I work with have this badge), and then it’s $300 for a key badge (if you want to be an administrator or manager of some type).

  17. Casey March 5, 2015 at 18:46

    815am appt at CO springs on a Monday out the door by 850am. Got my badge in the mail by Thursday!

    1. Wookwok March 19, 2015 at 20:24

      Damn, that’s quick! Setting an appointment is definitely the way to go.

  18. Lorenzo Ivaldi February 22, 2015 at 07:07

    great article! this badge is necessay to work in marjuana area? but is possible take it if i come from italy? thanks for the help

    1. Wookwok February 24, 2015 at 19:55

      Yeah, you need it to work in the MMJ industry in Colorado.
      Once you legally become a resident of Colorado you can get the badge.

  19. jackie February 9, 2015 at 19:08

    If you live in Trinidad where there are no stations for you to get your badge . Can I mail in my application for my badge or do I have to still go into the office ?

    1. Wookwok February 24, 2015 at 19:56

      I’m pretty sure you have to go in person, but call the Colorado Springs office and just set up an appointment.
      I’ve heard that it’s super quick that way!

      1. Stone March 2, 2015 at 14:18

        Hey I appreciate all the info. I was hoping you could tell me what the benefits of getting a badge are. I got the impression from your article that it’s not absolutely needed, it just improves your chances of getting a job? I want to be a trimmer, I just turned 21, with minimal work experience/funds, is it essential I get one? Thanks in advance.

        1. Wookwok March 2, 2015 at 18:52

          You cannot work in the medical or recreational cannabis industry in Colorado without one of their badges. It IS however easier to get hired if you already have the badge, because they don’t have to let you work without one (big risk) and wait for you to get badged. You’ll find that people are more anxious to hire you when you already went out of the way to get your badge, and can show them it at interviews. But hey, some places will pay for your badge, so it might be worth waiting, you never know.

          1. Stone March 4, 2015 at 00:38

            Sorry to annoy you but I have one more question. Will having speeding ticket fines ( around $600 ) that I haven’t paid off hold me back from getting a badge? I would like to get the badge, start working then pay them off.

          2. Wookwok March 4, 2015 at 00:55

            I’m not sure if it would or not, but it might because of lines like this in the application:
            “Are you delinquent in the payment of any judgments due to any governmental agency anywhere? If so, must provide agreement to pay or badge will not be released.”
            The wording is a little confusing though, so it’s worth calling in about.

          3. Stone March 2, 2015 at 19:12

            I see. I actually have an interview tomorrow for a temp agency that deals with trimming/growing/edible jobs (not too sure yet) and I let them know I don’t have a badge and I asked them a bunch of questions like what other requirements there are other than age and they completely avoided them. So I see what you’re saying.

  20. sammyleo February 7, 2015 at 06:20

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  21. Sara February 6, 2015 at 11:05

    Just got my badge yesterday (Thursday) and was there by 9:00 am and out of there by 10:45 am. Process was exactly as described above so thanks for sharing the knowledge!

    1. Wookwok February 6, 2015 at 21:49

      No problem; glad to hear you’re badged! Sounds like it’s not much of a wait at all anymore.

  22. Paul Lavigne January 21, 2015 at 14:39

    Go to Colorado Springs! It was dead. No line waiting etc. Make an appt., even better. I was the only customer today when I was there and it took less than 15 mintues. This was @ 1130.

    1. Wookwok February 6, 2015 at 21:50

      Yeah, I think calling in for an appointment in the Springs is a lot faster, but I’ve never gone through the process there myself. Good to hear though!

  23. Mandy January 15, 2015 at 00:03

    If you get approved for a badge do you still have to have a red card to buy from the dispensaries?

    1. Wookwok February 6, 2015 at 21:51

      Yeah, the badge is just to work in the industry – you need a “now purple” card to buy anything from a dispensary. The cards/badges aren’t related in that sense. The card process is quicker now though; I just got my new card in the mail the other day.

  24. Lisa November 19, 2014 at 13:20

    Thanks so much for this info! It really helped me prepare. I just went into today (Wednesday) to the Denver office and was in and out within an hour. I got there at 8:30am. Very painless! One question: do you find dispensaries want employees to have their red card as well?

    1. Wookwok February 6, 2015 at 21:53

      It doesn’t seem like it’s a requirement anywhere at all, but it’s nice to have it if you want your employee discount ;). Plus, you can try out a lot of the stuff on the shelves, and be able to talk to the patients about your experience with them. And, if you need the medication, you’ll be painless yourself!

  25. Sean November 16, 2014 at 18:03

    Great article! Is it possible to get this badge or another badge if you are a registered medical marijuana under the age of 21? I am really interested about working in this industry and want to get moving as soon as possible. I just did not want to head all the way to Denver to find out that I still have to wait a year or so when I’m 21.

    1. Wookwok November 17, 2014 at 23:45

      I believe you have to wait until you’re 21 to get badged, unfortunately.

  26. Tony November 14, 2014 at 17:39

    Does it come in the mail? Or do they give it to you there?

    1. Wookwok November 15, 2014 at 22:21

      They mail it to you if you’re approved. It only took 5 days before they sent me mine.

  27. Lindsay November 2, 2014 at 01:48

    Awesome post. But here’s a question I haven’t been able to locate. What does the criminal background consist of? Will having a traffic bench warrant in another state disqualify one from being approved?

    1. Wookwok November 2, 2014 at 19:31

      I really doubt that would hold you back at all, Lindsay. But I’m not exactly sure what all they check in their background checks. I think it’s a basic background check, but you can always call them, ask what background check they’re going to use, get a background check on yourself, and see what pops up. That’s what a lot of people do to be sure that they list everything that actually shows up through the background check.

  28. Lou Raio October 28, 2014 at 01:55

    Very informative, but let’s say I currently live in NY and want to drop everything I’m doing right now and drive to Colorado and begin a career in the legal marijuana field? Is there a way for me to get my foot in the door ASAP before going through this kind of a process?

    1. Wookwok November 2, 2014 at 19:28

      If you want to work in the field legally then you’ll have to get badged. But you can always become a caregiver, by getting people to sign their 6 (or more) plants over to you when they get their “red card” (it isn’t red anymore). That way you’re required to provide them with their medicine, and you can grow quite a few plants for them. Otherwise, just move here, switch your address on your credit cards or wait until your first bill for anything comes in the mail with your CO address on it, get your driver’s license, and then go get your badge.

      1. J_R January 5, 2015 at 04:50

        Have you found a career in the MMJ business since you’ve been licensed? If so was it hard with no experience and how long did in take? One last ? That might me dumb… Is there drug test involved with being employed in this type of business? If so is marijuana ok? Thanks…

        1. Wookwok February 6, 2015 at 21:57

          I’ve had 3 jobs in the industry so far. One courier job I found through Craigslist, and it wasn’t that organized and didn’t last long. Then, through that job, I got in contact with the courier company they got the idea from, and worked with them for a while, but I never planned on having a job where I drove around all the time. So, I’ve been working as a grow assistant at The Treehouse since July, and it’s pretty much where I wanted to be. (Found this on Craigslist too). You WILL have to apply at a lot of places, and work your way up, but it’s not impossible to land a job within a month like I did. Some places will test you, but usually not for marijuana, as you may be a better salesman if you consume what you sell.

  29. matt October 12, 2014 at 11:41

    I have a misdemenor charge for paraphanalia (vaporizer). Would i still be able to get the badge, i read somewhere you cant if you have any kimd of drug related charge but im not sure if thats true.

    1. Wookwok October 12, 2014 at 20:26

      Most marijuana-related charges won’t be an issue, Matt. And given that it’s only a paraphernalia charge, you’re probably the least of their worries. Just make sure that you disclose the arrest when you fill out your application and you should be good to go. You do have to disclose any arrests due to controlled substances but, like I said, marijuana charges are usually not the type of charges that will keep you from having a badge.

  30. Zak Biggs September 18, 2014 at 23:49

    Would a felony convicion for Maijuana in another state keep me from getting a badge? I mean if it is legal in CO but illegal everywhere else I don’t see how a felony for mairjuana should be a factor since I would be working with the same thing that I got a felony charge for. Just wondering.

    1. Wookwok September 19, 2014 at 23:25

      It really depends, but marijuana convictions are probably going to be at the bottom of the list of things that will keep you from getting a badge. I think what they usually recommend is that you do the same low-level background check on yourself, see what pops up, and then be sure to include everything that comes up, on your application. As long as you’re honest about it, and there weren’t any heavier drugs or weapons involved, there’s a good chance that they’d still approve you.

  31. Guest September 18, 2014 at 18:02

    Thanks for the walk thru. Having to do this next week. It’s nice to know what to expect.

    1. Wookwok September 19, 2014 at 23:25

      Hope it goes well! Glad I could help out.

      1. stacey April 13, 2015 at 15:21

        Hey what if your back ground doesn’t pass do they keep the money?

        1. Wookwok April 13, 2015 at 20:38

          Sadly the application fee is nonrefundable.

  32. tyler September 13, 2014 at 15:22

    if i got a minor in consumption charge for alcohol when i was 19(25 now) will this affect me from getting my license? my sentence ended up being deferred and all i had to do was pay a fine. I want to go apply for my license but i dont want to waste the money if i will not be accepted due to the MIC..
    any feedback would be greatly appreciated

    1. Wookwok September 13, 2014 at 21:16

      I really don’t think that will keep you from getting your badge, just make sure that you list it on your application so that they don’t think you’re hiding anything. I know people who have gotten in trouble for having too many clones in their car, but they didn’t try to hide that charge, and still got a badge.
      They really just want you to be honest about your past, but felonies are the charges you’re going to have to worry about.

      1. tyler September 14, 2014 at 12:47

        thanks for getting back to me. I have one other question. How do you get the official documentation from the courthouse you appeared at?
        My case wasnt here in Denver. Can you get an electronic copy that you can print or do i have to make a trip to the county that my offense occurred in?

        1. Wookwok September 14, 2014 at 19:17

          I would imagine that a faxed or emailed document would suffice. I think some people went in, were told they needed documents, and left to call the place and have it sent to them that day. I really doubt they expect you to get the originals. I think they just want to see an official looking document, so that they don’t have to go through the process of getting the documents themselves, if they even can.

          1. Yellowstoner10 February 14, 2016 at 17:19

            Looking to move to Colorado Springs area in hope to find a new career. I am in default with student loans, will that effect me getting my Support card?

  33. Kevin September 9, 2014 at 12:40

    Just went to Denver for the badge…..
    I was first in line and was done in under 30 minutes…..
    Thanks for the help…..

    1. Wendy October 1, 2014 at 21:34

      That’s awesome. What day of the week did you go?

    2. Wookwok September 12, 2014 at 15:59

      Awesome! Glad to hear that the process is a lot quicker now.
      I’m sure things will get a lot easier as time goes on.
      Welcome to the herbal workforce, Kevin!

  34. michizzle September 5, 2014 at 19:58

    Loved the humor in your writing and very useful on top of it!!

    1. Wookwok September 8, 2014 at 21:59

      Thanks! Glad to be of service.

  35. Patsi Sardisco April 24, 2014 at 18:05

    Thank you to whoever posted this blog. I had no idea where to start.and this gave all the info i needed and more .. thank u so much

    1. Wookwok April 28, 2014 at 00:51

      No problem! I’m glad people are still getting good use out of it. I was a bit in the dark myself before I headed to Denver, so I tried to make it as painless as possible for everyone else.

  36. KCT March 12, 2014 at 17:10

    Just wanted to thank you for the excellent article. After reading a couple other pieces describing what a nightmare the process was, I was not looking forward to my visit. Stopped by first thing this morning and it went down exactly as you said. Thanks to you, no surprises! I agree with Devin, a link to this article should be on the MMED website. Cheers!

    1. Wookwok March 13, 2014 at 18:15

      That’s awesome! Glad to hear it turned out as expected, and I hope it gets even easier as time goes on. Once they get around to opening another MMED office down in Colorado Springs I’m sure things will be even faster.

  37. Devin Reyes March 10, 2014 at 01:02

    thank you sooo soo much for this! they should post this on the mmed website it helped out so much! i just moved to colorado from north dakota in hopes of working in the MMJ industry! love both your articales you wrote on the colorado MMED process! thank you!

    1. Wookwok March 11, 2014 at 14:00

      Glad I could help! I hope you land a good job in the industry soon.

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