Controlled Substances Registration Program

  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
   Question: How do I apply for a new Controlled Substances Registration?

Answer: A new application form may be downloaded from Forms. The completed application must be mailed to the address printed on the application along with a $25 check or money order made payable to “Texas Department of Public Safety,” unless exempt. Online payment is not available for new registrations.
Please be sure to complete all areas of your application to avoid any delays. Following are some helpful tips:

  • 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 the Texas Medical Board (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.
  • You are required to register the address of your Texas practice. If you register at a location other than your practice, you must include an explanation. Be advised that registration addresses are made available on the DPS website.
  • If exempt, a Certificate of Exemption From Fee (PDF) must be submitted with the application.
  • Allow six weeks for processing time.

   Question: What is the fee for a new or renewal application? Is there a Late Fee?

Answer: A processing fee of $25 is charged for each new or renewal application. Each renewal received after the expiration date will be charged a $50 late fee. The registration will not be renewed until the late fee is collected.


   Question: How do I renew a Controlled Substances Registration?

Answer: The renewal application form may be downloaded from Forms.

Payments may be submitted using our online payment processing at Controlled Substances Registration Payment. Only renewal payments may be paid using the online payment system. To complete the renewal process the renewal form must be submitted to DPS.

If payment is made online, the completed renewal application and payment receipt may be submitted by secured email, fax to (512) 424-5799 or mailed to the address noted on the renewal application.

If submitting payment by check or money order the renewal must be mailed to the address noted on the renewal application.

Please be sure to complete all areas of your application to avoid any delays. Following are some helpful tips:

  • 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.
  • You are required to register the address from your Texas practice. If you register at a location other than your practice, you must include an explanation. Be advised that registration addresses are made available on the DPS website.
  • If claiming exemption for the first time, a Certificate of Exemption From Fee (PDF) must be submitted with the application.

Allow six weeks for processing time.


   Question: How do I change my address or name?

Answer: 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. You may obtain a modification form on this website under Forms.


   Question: How do I add or Delete supervising physicians?

Answer: To 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. You may obtain a modification form on this website under Forms.

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


   Question: What is the processing time for a new, renewal application or modification form?

Answer: Please allow six (6) weeks for processing.


   Question: Has my application been processed?

Answer: For a renewal application status, or to find your registrant information you may visit the Controlled Substances Registration Search & Verification System


   Question: What is the mailing address and contact information?

Answer: If you have questions, send a secure email or call (512) 424-7293 . You will need to provide your name, including degree (i.e. MD, DO, DDS) or business activity, mailing address and telephone number.

Overnight Mailing Address:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Controlled Substances
Registration Section-0438
5805 N. Lamar Blvd<
Austin, TX 78752
Using an overnight delivery service for the application will only save on mail time. Overnight mail will be worked through the normal process.

General Mailing Address:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Controlled Substances Registration Section
P.O. Box 15888
Austin, TX 78761-5888
Customer Contact: (512) 424-7293
Fax: (512) 424-5799

Secure Email


   Question: Can you verify a DEA number?

Answer: No. Please contact your local Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office.


   Question: When are renewal notifications mailed out?

Answer: Renewal notifications are mailed out 90 days prior to the expiration date to the last address on file.


   Question: How can I get a refund?

Answer: In accordance with the Texas Health and Safety Code, 481.064 Registration Fees, “The director may change a non-refundable fee of not more than $25.” Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


   Question: What is the telephone number of the DEA?

Answer:
DEA – Dallas: (888) 336-4704
DEA – Houston: (800) 743-0595
DEA – El Paso: (915) 832-6014


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

Answer: Senate Bill 406 will be effective Nov. 1, 2013. Please continue to moniter the RSD website for updates.


   Question: When is an additional registration for different practice address required?

Answer: You are required to register at your primary practice address and any additional location where you store and are responsible for the controlled substances.