How to get a DEA license as a physician assistant

DEA license as a physician assistant

A DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) license is required for physician assistants (PAs) to prescribe controlled substances in the United States. Obtaining a DEA license can be a simple process, but it does require some preparation and understanding of the requirements. This blog will outline the steps you need to take to get a DEA license as a physician assistant.  

Step 1: Verify the state licensing requirements  

Before one applies for a DEA license, one should check the requirements in their state. Some states may have additional requirements for physician assistants, so it is essential to ensure they understand what is required before starting the process.  

Step 2: Completing the required continuing medical education (CME) courses  

To obtain a DEA license, one must complete CME courses in pain management and the use of controlled substances. The American Academy must approve the courses of Physician Assistants (AAPA) or a state medical board.  

Step 3: Applying for a DEA license  

To apply for a DEA license, one must complete the DEA registration form, which is available on the DEA website. They will also need proof of identity, including a passport or driver’s license and a passport-sized photo. The form should be completed online and submitted along with the required fee.  

Step 4: Waiting for approval  

Once the application has been received and processed, the DEA will notify the physician of its approval or denial. If the application is approved, they will receive their DEA license number, which must be displayed on their DEA certificate and used when ordering controlled substances.  

Step 5: Maintaining the DEA license  

To maintain a DEA license, one must renew it every three years and continue to complete the required CME courses. Additionally, people should report any changes to their DEA registration, such as a change of address, within 30 days of the change.  

Renewing a DEA Registration   

DEA registrations are only valid for three years. A renewal letter will be mailed to the physician approximately 60 days before your existing DEA registration expiration. Any changes to your contact information, including a change of residence, must be reported to the DEA.

Information such as the DEA holder’s full legal name, Social Security number, current address, and the expiration date is necessary to adjust an existing DEA. A DEA registration renewal letter will be mailed to the address provided during registration. Therefore, one must remember to notify the DEA of their location once they’ve completed their training.  

One must also remember that the DEA can process their renewal anywhere from four to six weeks (online) to eight to twelve weeks (by mail). After the expiry date, there is a 30-day grace period for completing a valid DEA renewal application. If the renewal arrives, the physician can legally distribute or prescribe restricted drugs.  

In conclusion, obtaining a DEA license as a physician assistant is a straightforward process, but it does require some preparation and understanding of the requirements. By following the steps outlined in this blog, one can ensure they have everything they need to get a DEA license and start prescribing controlled substances. With a DEA license, physicians can provide higher care for their patients and expand their medical practice. 


One Response

  1. Hello,
    My name is Shamsher from larkana,sindh,pakistan.
    by profession i am a Registerd nurse under registration number pk-s-22-A-291392, registerd from pakistan nursing council islamabad,pakistan.
    i wan get license of physician´s assistant.
    kindly do consider on my humbly request.


    with best regards
    registered nurse


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