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DEA Form 363 - New Application for Registration


This form is for new applicants. Any person who does not currently possess a DEA registration to conduct business with controlled substances as a Narcotic Treatment Program may access the application form and can apply using this form. After you complete the form, print, sign and mail to DEA. Be sure to retain a copy of the form for your records.

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Information must be typed or printed in the blocks provided to help reduce data entry errors. A physical address is required in address line 1; a post office box or continuation of address may be entered in address line 2. Fee exempt applicant must list the address of the fee exempt institution. Applicant must enter a valid tax identification number (TIN).

Debt collection information is mandatory pursuant to the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.


Indicate only one.


Applicant should check all drug schedules to be handled. However, applicant must still comply with state requirements; federal registration does not overrule state restrictions. Check the order form box only if you intend to purchase or to transfer schedule 2 controlled substances. Order forms will be mailed to the registered address following issuance of a Certificate of Registration.


Federal registration by DEA is based upon the applicant's compliance with applicable state and local laws. Applicant should contact the local state licensing authority prior to completing this application.


Applicant must answer all four questions for the application to be accepted for processing. If you answer "Yes" to a question, provide an explanation in the space provided. If you answer "Yes" to several of the questions, then you must provide a separate explanation describing the date, location, nature, and result of each incident. If additional space is required, you may attach a separate page.


Exemption from payment of application fee is limited to federal, state or local government official or institution. The applicant's superior or agency officer must certify exempt status. The signature, authority title, and telephone number of the certifying official (other than the applicant) must be provided. The address of the fee exempt institution must appear in Section 1.


Indicate the desired method of payment. Make checks payable to "Drug Enforcement Administration". Third-party checks or checks drawn on foreign banks will not be accepted. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.


Applicant MUST sign in this section or application will be returned. Card holder signature in section 7 does not fulfill this requirement.

Notice to Registrants Making Payment by Check

Authorization to Convert Your Check:

If you send us a check to make your payment, your check will be converted into an electronic fund transfer. "Electronic fund transfer" is the term used to refer to the process in which we electronically instruct your financial institution to transfer funds from your account to our account, rather than processing your check. By sending your completed, signed check to us, you authorize us to copy your check and to use the account information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer from your account for the same amount as the check. If the electronic fund transfer cannot be processed for technical reasons, you authorize us to process the copy of your check.

Insufficient Funds:

The electronic funds transfer from your account will usually occur with 24 hours, which is faster than a check is normally processed. Therefore, make sure there are sufficient funds available in your checking account when you send us your check. If the electronic funds transfer cannot be completed because of insufficient funds, we may try to make the transfer up to two more times.

Transaction Information:

The electronic fund transfer from your account will be on the account statement you receive from your financial institution. However, the transfer may be in a different place on your statement than the place where your checks normally appear. For example, it may appear under "other withdrawals" or "other transactions." You will not receive your original check back from your financial institution. For security reasons, we will destroy your original check, but we will keep a copy of the check for record-keeping purposes.

Your Rights:

You should contact your financial institution immediately if you believe that the electronic fund transfer reported on your account statement was not properly authorized or is otherwise incorrect. Consumers have protections under Federal law called the Electronic Fund Transfer Act for an unauthorized or incorrect electronic fund transfer.


No registration will be issued unless a completed application form has been received (21 CFR 1301.13).

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no person is required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The OMB number for this collection is 1117-0015. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the information.

The Debt Collection Improvements Act of 1996 (PL 104-134) requires that you furnish your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or Social Security Number (SSN) on this application. This number is required for debt collection procedures if your fee is not collectible.

PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: Providing information other than your SSN or TIN is voluntary; however, failure to furnish it will preclude processing of the application. The authorities for collection of this information are §§302 and 303 of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. §§822 and 823). The principle purpose for which the information will be used is to register applicants pursuant to the CSA. The information may be disclosed to other Federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies for law enforcement and regulatory purposes, State and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies for law enforcement and regulatory purposes, and person registered under the CSA for the purpose of verifying registration. For further guidance regarding how your information may be used or disclosed, and a complete list of the routine uses of this collection, please see the DEA System of Records Notice "Controlled Substances Act Registration Records" (DEA-005), 52 FR 47208, December 11, 1987, as modified.


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WRITTEN INQUIRIES: Drug Enforcement Administration, Registration Section/DRR, P.O. Box 2639, Springfield, VA 22152-2639

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