The marijuana industry is booming in Nevada, especially now that the transition from medical to recreational marijuana has been made. With high demand, many in the industry are working overtime to build the infrastructure, technology, and workforce to handle the strict regulations that go along with cultivating and selling marijuana, which is classified as a Schedule 1 drug.

In this highly regulated sector, agents, cultivators, and owners must all apply for Marijuana Work Cards in Nevada in order to work in a marijuana establishment. If you are interested in a career in this industry, or currently have a work card, here’s what you need to know to get ready for employment and stay current.

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Applying for a New Marijuana Establishment Agent Card

If you are new to the industry, the process of obtaining a marijuana establishment agent card can seem a bit overwhelming.  We are experts, so you don’t have to be!

Marijuana establishment owners, officers, board members, employees, volunteers, and contractors are all required to apply for a marijuana establishment agent card used to get processed through the Nevada Department of Taxation’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.  As of January 2021, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board has implemented only one set of livescan fingerprints necessary for processing your Agent Card.  This will save you time and money!

It is recommended that the first step you take is to apply on the Marijuana Agent Card online portal.  You must complete the paperwork then the CCB (Cannabis Compliance Board) will send you the fingerprint form.  The Board does not allow fingerprint sites to provide this form.  All payments must be in the form of a check, cashiers check or money order payable to the Nevada Department of Taxation, and mailed to the following address:
CCB, P.O. Box 1948, Carson City, NV 89701.

When mailing payment, be sure to include the name on your application, the categories for which you applied, and the date you applied.  You must complete the paperwork then the Nevada Department of Taxation will send you the fingerprint form.  The Department does not allow fingerprint sites to provide this form.

Temporary agent card letters will be emailed after payments have been received and posted, as soon as possible based on the current situation.

In order to complete the application process, you are required to complete and submit the following items:

Agent Basic Information Document:

In this document, you provide personal identification information and citizenship information, and you will indicate an establishment category. You may choose more than one category of agent card but must pay the application fee for each category. The categories include cultivation, production, dispensary, laboratory, and distributor.

Applicant Required Attestation Form:

Here you attest to the fact that you haven’t been convicted of an excluded offense. Excluded offenses include violent crimes or a violation of state or federal controlled substances laws (if punishable as a felony in the jurisdiction where the conviction took place). You also attest that you don’t currently have an establishment agent card (or supply the card number of the current card), that you have not had an agent card revoked, and that you are not in violation of any child support court orders.

Applicant Dispense/Divert Pledge Form:

In this form, you pledge that will not dispense or divert marijuana/marijuana products to unauthorized people based on current Nevada Revised Statutes *Updated January 7, 2021.

Passport Photo & Scanned Signature:

This photo and signature are for your registration card.

Set of Fingerprints for Background Investigation:

These must be submitted through a local Nevada fingerprinting office who is an approved vendor by the Nevada Department of Taxation. Note: Both FBI and state background checks are required. If both are not available, you may be contacted by the Department to submit a second set of fingerprints at a later date. Upon gaining your fingerprint background check through an approved vendor in Nevada, they will submit your fingerprint record(s) directly to both the state and FBI for processing. If you are an out of state resident, you will need to submit the FD258 blue and white fingerprint cards.

Fingerprint Background Waiver:

By signing the waiver, you are agreeing that you understand that fingerprinting will be done, that it will only be used for authorized purposes, and that you release the State of Nevada (or its employees) from any liability regarding the background checks. This waiver allows the Department of Taxation to receive your Criminal History report.  The Nevada Department of Taxation must receive this form to issue you the fingerprint form.

Fingerprint Submission Form:

This form is provided to you after you complete your online application.  On this form, you will provide personal details, establishment information, and the reason fingerprinted.

Important note: On this form, you will choose your reason fingerprinted to be for medical marijuana establishments, recreational marijuana establishments, or both. If you are working for or planning to work for a “dual licensee” establishment—one which is medical and recreational—you will need to submit two separate fingerprint records, one for each lawful reason. There will be a processing fee for each fingerprint record.

Photocopy of Government-Issued I.D.:

This can be a copy of your valid government-issued photo identification or driver’s license.  Please note Fingerprinting Express must see an original ID to fingerprint you. Copies are not accepted.

Registration Fee:

At the time this blog was written, the fee of $75 (check or money order) must be paid to the Department of Taxation. The word “marijuana” cannot be written on your form of payment.

You can submit your application in person to any Department of Taxation office, mail in your forms and payment, or send it through the Department’s online portal.

Here are some facts about Nevada Marijuana Agent Cards that you should be aware of before applying:

  • Applicants must be at least twenty-one years old and have no criminal record which contains excluding felony conviction(s).
  • Applicants cannot obtain an agent card if they have had a previous agent card revoked.
  • An applicant cannot receive an agent card if he or she is not in compliance with a court order for the support of a child.
  • Once you are issued an agent registration card, you can only work or volunteer at the type of establishment you registered for. The exception to this is contractor agents, who can contract with any registered marijuana establishment in Nevada.
  • Your agent registration card will only be valid for one year from the issue date.
  • Electronic LiveScan fingerprint submissions are required for all applicants residing in Nevada. Check out the video below for more details on our services:
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Ongoing Requirements for Marijuana Establishment Agent Card Holders

If you currently hold an agent registration card, that card is valid for a year from the date it was issued. You will need to submit your renewal application at least thirty days before its expiration to ensure that you don’t have a lapse in employment due to an expired card.

The renewal process is the same as the initial application process above, including the $75 fee.

Can My Nevada Marijuana Work Card Be Revoked?

Many people wonder if those holding marijuana agent cards can have them revoked. The answer is yes. Cards can be revoked for two reasons. The first reason is that the agent is providing an unauthorized person with marijuana who is not legally allowed to receive it. The second reason is if you commit a violent crime or felony drug crime, your agent card can be revoked.

I just had my fingerprints done for my Marijuana Agent Card. Do I have to get fingerprinted again to add cultivation to my MME Agent Card?

If you have been fingerprinted within 6 weeks of your application you may add Cultivation to your MME Agent Card.  If it has been longer than 6 weeks, you have to complete a new application with the state and new set(s) of fingerprints.


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Fingerprinting Express is an approved LiveScan vendor for the Nevada Department of Taxation. We process fingerprint background checks for board members, owners, and agent cards. We are also well versed on the current marijuana laws and how dual-licensing works. We can walk you through every step of the application process, including fingerprinting, taking your photo, and making copies of your driver’s license. See the Fingerprinting Express’s fast LiveScan process in action in the video below:

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