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   How do I pay online and submit my Controlled Substances Registration (CSR) renewal application electronically?

Registrants are now able to pay online and electronically submit CSR renewal applications. Registrants can renew in just three easy steps:

  1. Pay online at www.texas.gov/DPS-CSRfee. Save the receipt to your computer.
  2. Complete the CSR Renewal Form. The form is a fillable pdf. After completing the form, print, sign and save to your computer.
  3. Go to Contact Us. Select Controlled Substances Registration, then select Submit completed CSR renewal application to upload your receipt and completed renewal form. To ensure timely processing, make sure both documents are attached and uploaded in the same email.

Online payments are processed with major credit cards -Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. In addition to credit card billing information, a valid credit card number, expiration date and verification code are required.

Following are some helpful tips:

  • Health and Safety Code 481.061(c) requires the address on the CSR to be your Texas practice address. If you register at a location other than your Texas practice, you must include an explanation. Be advised registration addresses are made available on Controlled Substances Registration Search & Verification System.
  • If you are a Mid-Level Practitioner (APN or PA), use the appropriate application, NAR-77B-78B. The supervising physician(s) must be listed with TMB as having prescriptive authority and a “YES” for controlled substances. The physician must sign and complete the appropriate information when applying for a new application and at each renewal period.
  • If claiming exemption for the first time, a Certificate of Exemption From Fee (PDF) must be submitted with the application.

   How do I apply for a new CSR?

See instructions for submitting an application for a new CSR. Following are some helpful tips:


   When are renewal notifications mailed out?

Renewal notice postcards are mailed approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date to the address on file.


   How do I change my address or name?

Health and Safety Code 481.061(c) requires the address on the CSR to be your Texas practice address. If you register at a location other than your Texas practice, you must include an explanation. Be advised registration addresses are made available on Controlled Substances Registration Search & Verification System.

A letter or modification form must be submitted and the registrant’s signature is required. A name change must be made with the appropriate board before the CSR can be changed.

To submit the modification form electronically, go to Contact Us. Select Controlled Substances Registration, then select Submit completed CSR modification form to upload your completed form.


   How do I add or remove supervising physicians?

ADD: A Modification Form must be submitted and have the registrant’s and supervising physician’s signature. The supervising physician(s) must be listed with TMB, as having prescriptive authority, and a “YES” for controlled substances.

REMOVE: A letter of termination may be submitted by the Mid-Level Practitioner or the Supervising Physician.

To submit the modification form electronically, go to Contact Us. Select Controlled Substances Registration, then select Submit completed CSR modification form to upload your completed form.


   May a Mid-Level Practitioner register for Schedule 2 and 2N drugs?

Yes. Senate Bill 406, effective Nov. 1, 2013, allows Mid-Level Practitioners to add Schedule 2 and 2N.

Texas Occupations Code §157.0511. DELEGATION OF PRESCRIBING AND ORDERING DRUGS AND DEVICES.
(b-1) A physician may delegate the prescribing or ordering f a controlled substance listed in Schedule II as established by commissioner of the Department of State Health Services under Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, only:

  1. in a hospital facility-based practice under §157.054, in accordance with policies approved by the hospital’s medical staff or a committee of the hospital’s medical staff as provided by the hospital bylaws to ensure patient safety, and as part of the care provided to a patient who:
    1. has been admitted to the hospital for an intended length of stay of 24 hours or greater; or
    2. is receiving services in the emergency department of the hospital or;
  2. as a part of the plan of care for the treatment of a person who has executive a written certification of a terminal illness, has elected to receive hospice care, and is receiving hospice treatment from a qualified hospice provider.

To add these schedules, a modification form must be completed and the supervising physician must sign and indicate the authorized schedules.

To submit the modification form electronically, go to Contact Us. Select Controlled Substances Registration, then select Submit completed CSR modification form to upload your completed form.


   What is the mailing address and contact information?

If you have questions, send a secure email or call (512) 424-7293.
General mailing address:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Controlled Substances Registration MSC 0438
P.O. Box 15888
Austin, Texas 78761-5888