How to Obtain a DEA Number

DEA Number

The United States Department of Justice in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requires all health care providers who prescribe controlled substances to have a DEA number.  Prior to obtaining a DEA number a provider must obtain a state APRN license in addition to authorization to prescribe controlled substances and must be aware of what class substance they are authorized to prescribe by the individual state (refer to your state board of nursing rules and regulations for more information).

Applications are available online at:

An application must be completed for each individual practice location and should be updated with any job change or relocation of a practice.  At a minimum, DEA numbers must be renewed every three years. Obtaining and providing under your own DEA number is an important strategy of increasing NP visibility among patients, families, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, and other health care providers.