DEA number

A DEA number (DEA Registration Number) is a number assigned to a health care provider (such as a medical practitioner, optometrist, pharmacist, dentist, or veterinarian) by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration allowing them to write prescriptions for controlled substances. Legally, the DEA number is solely to be used for tracking controlled substances. It is often used by the industry, however, as a general "prescriber number" that is a unique identifier for anyone who can prescribe medication.

A valid DEA number consists of:

(For registrants using a business address instead of name a "9" is also allowed in this field- see below)

Registrant type (first letter of DEA Number):

[1] **UPDATED 03/08/2016**

For registrants using a business address instead of name example 123 Main Street Clinic , the DEA# would look like F91234567

Prior to October 1, 1985, DEA registration numbers for physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and other practitioners started with the letter A. New registration numbers issued to practitioners after that date begin with the letter B, F, or G. [2]

Per US DOJ:[3] "Due to the large Type A (Practitioner) registrant population, the initial alpha letter "B" has been exhausted. DEA will begin using the new alpha letter "F" as the initial character for all new registration for Type A (Practitioner) registrations."


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