Office of Diversion Control, US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

REGISTRATION > Applications, Tools & Resources > Registration Procedures

Registration Procedures

GENERAL INFORMATION

Information concerning the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration process can be obtained from a DEA field office or by contacting the Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539. Our Registration Call Center is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. , Eastern Standard Time. During non-business hours, information is available through our automated Call Center menus.

NEW APPLICATIONS

If you are applying for a DEA registration, you will need to request a new application form. The application form required depends upon the type of activity you intend to conduct. To determine which form you need, please refer to the registration category area on this site. Applications for registration may be obtained from a field office or by telephoning the Registration Section in our Headquarters office at 1-800-882-9539. See the Directory area of this Web Site for the office nearest to you. The DEA Form-224 is currently available online (Recommended). If you complete a paper DEA Form-224, please mail it to:

Drug Enforcement Administration
Registration Section/ODR
P.O. Box 2639
Springfield, VA 22152-2639

Additionally, other forms for a new registration (Forms DEA-225, DEA-363 and DEA-510) are currently available online (Recommended). Paper forms should be mailed to:

Drug Enforcement Administration
Registration Section/ODR
P.O. Box 2639
Springfield, VA 22152-2639

The average processing time for a new DEA registration is four to six weeks provided that the application is complete. To avoid delay in the processing of your application, be sure to check the following before submitting the application to DEA.

  1. Complete the application in its entirety;
  2. Sign and date the application;
  3. Enclose the appropriate fee or enter the credit card area information;
  4. Mail the application to the address printed on the form.

RENEWAL APPLICATION PROCESS

The DEA Form 224a is currently available online (Recommended). Renewal applications are mailed automatically to the registered location 60 days prior to the expiration date. Any changes of address must be reported in writing to DEA at the time the change occurs so that the renewal application will be sent to the correct address. Renewal applications will not be forwarded by the Post Office. If you are moving to a new state, please submit a copy of the new state license and a copy of the state controlled substance registration. To avoid delay in the processing of your application, make sure of the following before submitting the application to DEA:

  1. Verify that all information is correct;
  2. Sign and date the application;
  3. Enclose the appropriate fee amount or enter your credit card information;
  4. Mail the application to the address printed on the form.

DUPLICATE CERTIFICATES

If your registration certificate is lost, damaged, or destroyed, a duplicate certificate will be provided upon request at no additional cost. Contact the Registration Call Center or fill out an online duplicate certificate request. The duplicate certificate should be received within eight working days.

Emergency Disaster Relief
Got Drugs? Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal here.
Alert! Extortion Scam

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE  •  DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
Office of Diversion Control  •  8701 Morrissette Drive  •  Springfield, VA 22152  •  1-800-882-9539