DEA registration renewal process changing

Monday, December 19, 2016

This notice is for those who prescribe and dispense medications:

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is implementing a new policy related to registration renewals. As of January 1, 2017, those with an expired DEA registration will need to fully reapply; the DEA will no longer allow a grace period for expired registrants.

The policy change impacts all registrants, including pharmacies and providers who prescribe medications. With the new policy change, the DEA will only send one renewal notification letter by mail approximately 65 days prior to the renewal expiration date. Failure to renew prior to the expiration date will result in the original DEA registration not being reinstated. Consequently, those with an expired registration who write and dispense prescriptions for controlled substances will be implicated. 

The online capability to renew DEA registration after the expiration date will no longer be available. And if the DEA has not received the paper renewal application by the day of the expiration date, mailed applications will be returned and the registrant will have to full apply for a new DEA registration.

Learn more about the policy.