• DEA Registration Guide for Locum Tenens Physician

    DEA Registration Guide for Locum Tenens Physician

    A major draw of working locum tenens is being able to travel to different parts of the country. For this reason, many locum tenens physicians will obtain licenses in different states. However, to work freely in multiple states, a physician must also have a DEA registration in the state in which they are practicing in. Mint Physician Staffing, a reputable locum tenens agency, shares important information regarding DEA registration for those looking for a career in locum tenens.

    For physicians that will be administering, dispensing, or prescribing controlled substances in multiple states, there are a few options available to you regarding a DEA registration:


    • Obtain separate DEA registrations in each state that you would like to administer, dispense, or prescribe controlled substances.


    • You may transfer your existing DEA registration from one state to another as needed by contacting the DEA’s Registration and Program Support Section at 1-800-882-9539 or request the change online at DEAdiversion.usdoj.gov. The DEA will investigate each requested modification of your DEA as if it were a new application. The DEA will then issue a new DEA certificate with the appropriate changes if they approve of the medication.


    If you are licensed to practice and handle controlled substances in multiple states, you can submit a request for an address change for your current DEA registration to the state where your locum tenens assignment is. There is no cost associated with a change in address, even temporarily, but it can take a few weeks to process so keep your shift schedule and future commitments in mind when filing for a change in address. At the end of your assignment, you can submit another request to change your address back to the state of your primary practice.


    Benefits of Having Multiple DEA Registrations

    At one point in time, changing your practice address online took the DEA up to 48 hours to update. Unfortunately, it now takes 2-3 weeks for the DEA to process these requests. To save yourself the energy, stress, and potential loss of income, you should consider obtaining a second, or even third, DEA registration for the state(s) in which you intend on working locum tenens assignments.

    To start the process of changing the address associated with your DEA registration, visit the DEA’s website. To speak with someone at our locum tenens agency regarding your career in locum tenens, or for general questions about DEA registrations, please dial 866-312-1177.

    Stuart McKelvey
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