DEA Policy Update: Renewal Application Process
The DEA Renewal Forms are available online (recommended).
Any person who is registered may apply to be reregistered not more than 60 days before the expiration date of the registration. Renewal notifications are mailed automatically to the mailing address on file 65 days prior to the expiration date. Any changes of address must be reported in writing to DEA at the time the change occurs so that the renewal notification will be sent to the correct address. Renewal notifications will not be forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service.
Starting January 1, 2017, DEA will only send out one renewal notification in accordance with Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1301.13(e)(3). The renewal notification will be sent to the “mail to” address for each DEA registrant approximately 65 days prior to the expiration date. No other reminders to renew the DEA registration will be mailed.
This is to also advise you that the online capability to renew a DEA registration after the expiration date will no longer be available. You will have to complete an application for a new DEA registration if you do not renew by midnight Eastern Time of the expiration date. The original DEA registration will not be reinstated.
Paper renewal applications will not be accepted the day after the expiration date. If DEA has not received the paper renewal application by the day of the expiration date, mailed in renewal applications will be returned and the registrant will have to apply for a new DEA registration.
If you require a paper renewal application, please email DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov or call 1-800-882-9539 to make the request. Both options are available 8:30 am to 5:50 pm Eastern Time during Federal work days.
If you are mailing a renewal application, here are recommendations to facilitate the processing of the application:
- Verify all information is correct;
- Sign and date the application;
- Enclose the appropriate fee amount or enter the credit card information;
- Mail the application to the address printed on the form.