How Do I Become a Medical Cannabis Caregiver in Rhode Island? Patients who are under the age of 18 or otherwise unable to access medical cannabis themselves need a caregiver. Caregivers: 1. Must be 21 years old or older 2. Must live in Rhode Island and submit a copy of one item that proves you live in the state. The item must include your name and current address. Examples of items you can use are: Rhode Island driver’s license State ID Any correspondence from another state agency, current vehicle registration, car insurance bill or voter’s registration. 3. Must get a copy of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) background check from a local police department, the Office of the Attorney General, or by appointment with the Rhode Island State Police (401-222-1110) The background check must include fingerprints. The law enforcement agency will send the background check results directly to RIDOH. If you had a background check from the NCIC in the past two years, you can send a copy with your application. RIDOH will not review your application until RIDOH receives your background check results. Applicants can be disqualified for felony convictions including, but not limited to, felony drug convictions. 4. Must pay a $100 non-refundable caregiver application fee. The fee is $25 if you send proof with your application that you receive one of these benefits: Medicaid; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Social Security Disability Income (SSDI); Veterans disability; Federal Railroad disability. You can get proof of your SSI or SSDI Benefit at www.ssa.gov.