DEA Changes Policy on Timely Renewal Filing

By Policy and Advocacy Brief posted 01-17-2017 16:41


Effective January 1, 2017, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will no long send second renewal notices by mail. All registrants will receive second renewal reminders via e-mail only. The DEA reversed course on an earlier decision to modify its long-standing policy of allowing a grace period for registrations who fail to file timeline renewal applications. The AUA is communicating to the AMA to clarify physician’s questions about the renewal process and will alert membership as soon as possible.

The DEA reiterated that its current policy and procedures for registration renewals and reinstatements will remain 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.

Registration numbers will not automatically be retired if renewal applications are filed within the one-month grace period after the expiration date.

The American Medical Association (AMA) will be following up with DEA staff on clarification whether the filing of a renewal application during the one-month grace period automatically reinstates the registration number or whether DEA must adjudicate the renewal application before the number becomes valid. It also is not clear whether a registration number remains valid if the registrant files a renewal application during the grace period and DEA fails to adjudicate the application before the end of the month.  

If you want to check your registration expiration date, please contact the DEA Registration Service Center at 1-800-882-9539 or email and include your DEA registration number in your email.