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Registration Procedures

GENERAL INFORMATION

Information concerning the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration process may be obtained by contacting the Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539. You may also contact the local DEA field office who may be handling your application. The Registration Call Center is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m., Eastern Time during Federal work days. During non-business hours, some information is available through pre-recorded 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 to locate 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/DRR
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/DRR
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 Renewals Forms are available online (Recommended).

Any person who is registered may apply to be reregistered not more than 60 days before the expiration date of the registration. Renewal notifications are mailed automatically to the mailing address on file 65 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 notification will be sent to the correct address. Renewal notifications will not be forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service.

REVISED ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING RENEWAL APPLICATIONS

Starting January 2017, DEA will no longer send its second renewal notification by mail. Instead, an electronic reminder to renew will be sent to the email address associated with the DEA registration.

At this time, DEA will otherwise retain its current policy and procedures with respect to renewal and reinstatement of registration. This policy is as follows:

  • If a renewal application is submitted in a timely manner prior to expiration, the registrant may continue operations, authorized by the registration, beyond the expiration date until final action is taken on the application.
  • DEA allows the reinstatement of an expired registration for one calendar month after the expiration date. If the registration is not renewed within that calendar month, an application for a new DEA registration will be required.
  • Regardless of whether a registration is reinstated within the calendar month after expiration, federal law prohibits the handling of controlled substances or List 1 chemicals for any period of time under an expired registration.

If you require a paper renewal application, please email DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov or call 1-800-882-9539 to make the request. Both options are available 8:30 am to 5:50 pm Eastern Time during Federal work days.

If you are mailing a renewal application, here are recommendations to facilitate the processing of the application:

  1. Verify all information is correct;
  2. Sign and date the application;
  3. Enclose the appropriate fee amount or enter the 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.

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