How do I renew my CDS license?

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CDS license renewal

The Controlled Dangerous Substance license can be renewed upto 30 days and 60 days after the expiration date listed on the certificate. The fee for a three-year renewal is 120$, and there are no additional fees for changing the address or name at the time of renewal, but one must supply the necessary documentation to validate the change.

CDS licenses are required for individuals and entities engaged in the handling of controlled dangerous substances in the United States. To ensure that individuals and entities continue to handle these substances in a safe and secure manner, CDS licenses must be renewed every three years. This blog will discuss the steps involved in renewing a CDS license. 

Determine Renewal Date  

The first step in renewing a CDS license is to determine the renewal date. CDS licenses are typically valid for three years and must be renewed before the expiration date. Individuals and entities should plan to renew their license well in advance to avoid any lapses in their ability to legally handle controlled dangerous substances. 

Complete Continuing Education Requirements 

Depending on the type of license held, individuals and entities may be required to complete continuing education requirements before renewing their license. This may include courses on the handling of controlled dangerous substances, storage and security, and record-keeping, among others. 

Submit Renewal Application 

To renew a CDS license, individuals and entities must complete a renewal application and submit it to the DEA. The application should include updated information about the individual or entity, including their business name, location, and contact information. 

  • Submit Fingerprints:  

As part of the renewal process, individuals and entities may be required to submit updated fingerprints for background checks. These background checks are performed to ensure that the individual or entity does not have a criminal history that would make them ineligible for a CDS license. 

  • Pay Renewal Fees:  

Individuals and entities must pay the renewal fee associated with their CDS license. The fee may vary based on the type of license held and the individual or entity’s business or profession. 


  • Wait for Approval:  

After the renewal application and fees have been submitted, the DEA will review the information and approve the renewal if the individual or entity is in compliance with all regulations. 

  • Maintain Compliance:  

Once the license has been renewed, individuals and entities must continue to comply with all federal and state regulations regarding the handling of controlled dangerous substances. This includes maintaining proper record-keeping, reporting any losses or theft of controlled substances, and ensuring that the substances are stored and handled in a secure manner. In conclusion, renewing a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) License is a multi-step process that requires careful consideration and compliance with regulations.

To ensure that individuals and entities can continue to legally handle controlled dangerous substances, it is important to renew their license well in advance of the expiration date and complete any required continuing education or background checks. By following these steps, individuals and entities can maintain their ability to handle controlled dangerous substances in a safe and secure manner. 

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