Changes in DEA Registrant Renewal Process

Pharmacists should be aware that as of January 1, 2017, DEA is implementing a new policy related to registrant renewals. DEA quietly changed the policy via a website posting informing registrants that as of January 1, 2017, those with an expired DEA registration will need to fully reapply, that is DEA will no longer allow a "grace period" for expired registrations.

The policy change impacts all registrants including pharmacies and prescribers. Currently, DEA provides registrants whose license has expired a grace period to renew their license. With the new policy change DEA will only send out one renewal notification letter by mail approximately 65 days prior to the expiration date. The letter will be sent to the "mail to" address for each DEA registrant. Failure to renew prior to the expiration date will result in the original DEA registration not being reinstated. Consequently, prescriptions written and dispensed for controlled substances by registrants whose license has expired will be implicated. 

From NCPA Advocacy Center Update (edited).