Controlled Substance Registration

Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensure


Registration to manufacture, distribute, prescribe or dispense any controlled substance within or into Iowa.

Code Citation IC 124.302

Who Applies Anyone prescribing, administering, dispensing, manufacturing, or otherwise distributing or handling controlled substances. This includes medical and osteopathic doctors, dentists, veterinarians, podiatrists, optometrists, physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, pharmacies, hospitals, care facilities, analytical laboratories, researchers, manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, importers, exporters, emergency medical service providers, outsourcing facilities, clinics, and teaching institutions engaged in any of these identified activities involving controlled substances.

When To Apply Before prescribing, taking possession of, manufacturer, or distributing controlled substances within or into Iowa.

Initial Requirements Registration with the Federal Drug Enforcement Association. May also require a current professional or business license issued by the appropriate professional licensure board in Iowa.

Duration Two year renewal.

Processing Time Five days.

Fee Structure Registration: $90 for 2-year registration Registrations for individuals are currently prorated to coincide with expiration of professional license.

Renewal Requirements Renewal application and renewal fee (prorated based on $90 2-year registration) no later than date of expiration of current registration. Renewal within 30 days following expiration of current registration requires payment of an additional $90 late payment penalty fee. Reactivation more than 30 days following expiration requires a reactivation fee of $360.

Exam Does not pertain.

Additional Information Applications for new controlled substances registrations for individual practitioners and researchers (CSA-Individual) and for renewal of existing CSA-Individual or CSA-Business registrations are available online. See the Board of Pharmacy\\\\’s website for additional information and links to the appropriate applications.

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Contact Information
Sharon Smith
Iowa Board of Pharmacy
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite E
Des Moines, IA 50309