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Marijuana Worker Permit

COVID-19 UPDATE: In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to support and accommodate the cannabis industry, effective March 18, 2020, through November 3, 2020, employees may work for an OLCC recreational marijuana licensed business if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • Have an approved and active marijuana worker permit;
  • Have taken the marijuana worker permit test and submitted their marijuana worker permit application in the NIC/OLCC system: prior to working for an OLCC recreational marijuana licensed business.

Persons employed in the OLCC-licensed recreational marijuana industry, including licensees, must have a valid Marijuana Worker Permit. This includes anyone working at a business with any of the following OLCC licenses:

  • Producers
  • Processors
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers

Individuals must be 21 years of age or older to be eligible for a marijuana worker permit.

For more information, email


How to Get Your Marijuana Worker Permit: 5 Easy Steps

A minimum score of 70% is needed to pass the test.  Individuals who pass the test will be issued a Certificate of Completion with a Certificate Number*.

*You will need this to upload to your application.

This is NOT your marijuana worker permit.

Take the Test

  1. Register for a Worker Permit account.
    • Licensees must create a NEW Username for their worker permit that is different from their license application.
    • You may use the same USERNAME and PASSWORD as your test account.
  2. Once you register for a Worker Permit account, you will receive an email from NICUSA with a link to verify your identity. You must activate this link within 24 hours of receipt.
  3. Answer all questions completely and accurately.
  4. Upload your valid photo ID and Certificate of Completion.
     - Acceptable forms of photo ID are a driver license or ID card issued by a U.S. state, or a passport.
  5. Please ensure that your information is correct and upto-date. You will receive communications at the email address provided from NICUSA and the OLCC regarding your account. We will not collect any fees until your permit is ready to be issued.


You will receive an email from NICUSA when your application has met the requirements and your background check has been successfully completed. The email will tell you there has been a change of status. You do not need to contact an administrator. Simply log in, click on "Pay for my Application by Credit Card" and follow the prompts.  

After receipt of your permit payment, you will be able to print your Marijuana Worker Permit by clicking on the Print My Worker Permit button on your dashboard. The OLCC does not send your permit in the mail.


For more information about Marijuana Worker Permits, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

All employees who perform work on behalf of an OLCC licensed producer, processor, wholesaler, or retailer, including the licensees working in a licensed business or managing information in CTS must possess a marijuana worker permit if they participate in any of the following:

  • Possession, production, propagation, processing, securing or selling of marijuana items at the premises for which the license has been issued;
  • Recording of the possession, production, propagation, processing, securing or selling of marijuana items at the premises for which the license has been issued;
  • The verification of any document described in ORS 475B.170; or
  • The direct supervision of a person described above.

The worker permit fee is $100 and is only due upon approval.

Taking the online test is just the first step. To complete the process you need to apply for your worker permit online. Click on Register for a Worker Permit account and follow the directions that follow.

You may use the same USERNAME and PASSWORD as you did for the testing site if you would like, however the website for the online test and the application need to registered for separately.


No. Please email your USERNAME to from the email address you used to register your account. You will receive an email response within 24 hours during regular business hours, M-F, 8am-5pm. Please allow for the next business day if you submit your request after 5pm on Fridays.

Do not create an additional account. Log in to your account and follow the directions listed in the email.

You will receive an email indicating a change in status, from NICUSA, at the email address you provided upon registration.

No. Worker Permits are available to be printed from your account dashboard after payment. Log in, click on Print my Worker Permit and print it off. This is what a Recreational Marijuana Worker Permit should look like:

The OLCC will contact you when your application has been processed and let you know it is time to pay.

Yes, a separate background check is required for the worker permit application. This will be processed directly by OLCC. You will be contacted by an email from if additional information is needed.

All marijuana workers will take the same test, this will allow for you to change jobs within the industry if you so desire.

Worker permits are only required for employees of businesses licensed by the OLCC. However, some medical marijuana businesses may ask you to get a worker permit.

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