A marijuana worker permit is required for an employee who performs work for or on behalf of a marijuana business if the individual participates in any aspect of the marijuana business.
House Bill 701 created a new requirement for existing workers with a valid Agent Badge issued prior to 1/1/2022. All Agent Badge holders must submit fingerprints and a consent to fingerprint form and have their background check completed prior to 3/31/2022 in order to remain active. Agents who have not completed this by the deadline will have their badges suspended and will no longer be eligible to work in the marijuana industry.
General Permit Information
- Worker permits are issued for one year and must be renewed annually to remain active.
- Workers do not need to be Montana residents
- Worker permits must be always visible on the worker while performing work for a marijuana business
- Worker permits are issued to individuals rather than their employer and may be used concurrently at multiple marijuana businesses if an individual works for multiple businesses.
- Worker permits cannot be sold, given, or transferred to another individual.
- You may apply for a worker permit starting at the age of 18.
The photo will be used for the worker permit badge. It should resemble that of a driver’s license or passport photo and may not be enhanced or altered in any way.
- The photo must be a clear, in color and taken from the shoulders up.
- The photo must be taken within the last six months which reflects the applicant’s current appearance.
- The background of the photo must be plain, light colored, and free of clutter.
- The individual must be directly facing the camera with a neutral facial expression or natural smile with eyes open.
- No hats, bandanas, face masks, or sunglasses are allowed in the photo.
Individuals applying to work in the marijuana industry must submit fingerprints upon initial application.
Applicants must attach a copy of one of the following forms of photo ID (16-12-226, MCA):
- Driver’s license issued by one of the fifty states in the United States
- Identification card issued by one of the fifty states in the United States
- Passport (does not have to be issued by the USA)
Individuals applying to work in the marijuana industry must complete the required education programs and submit a certificate verifying this education.
Currently there are two required education programs for an individual to complete in order to receive a worker permit:
- Identifying, Preventing, and Reporting Human Trafficking
- Rules & Regulations: Legal Sales of Marijuana in Montana
These certificates must be renewed each year prior to renewing a worker permit.
Provide your current certificates to your employer and maintain a copy for your personal records.
Training is available through https://montanamoodle.org/.
The annual fee for a Worker Permit is $50 plus the background check fee. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards.
Applications will not be reviewed until payment is complete. Applicants can submit payment at time of application or afterwards.
Payment options include:
- Credit or debit card,
- Automated Clearing House (ACH),
- Cash, check, or money order.
Electronic payments can be submitted through the TransAction Portal (TAP) while cash, check or money orders can be delivered via mail or in person at the Donovan Building in Helena.
Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 5835,
Helena, MT, 59604-5835
Forms and Resources
- TransAction Portal (TAP)
- Guide to Finding Certificates in Moodle
- How to Apply for a New Marijuana Worker Permit
- Privacy Act Statement and Consent to Fingerprint Form
- Fingerprint and Background Check Instructions
- Denial of Recreational Sales: Signs of Visible Intoxication
- Cannabis Cash Payments Instructions