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Drug Control

Registration

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Enacted in 1971, the South Carolina Controlled Substances Act closely parallels the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Section 44‑53‑290 of South Carolina's Act states that every person or entity who engages in controlled substances activity in South Carolina must obtain a registration from DHEC's Bureau of Drug Control (BDC). They must also obtain a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration prior to engaging in such activity.

MD/DO/EMS Registrations

MD/DO and EMS registration applications processed prior to July 1 will expire on October 1 of the same year and are subject to renewal prior to that expiration.  Applications processed after July 1 will expire on October 1 of the following year.  You may submit your application and request that it be held until after July 1 if you plan to begin practice in South Carolina after that date.

Registrations other than MD/DO/EMS

Applications processed prior to January 1 will expire on April 1 of the following year and must be renewed prior to that date.  Applications processed after January 1 will expire on April 1 of the following year.  You may submit your application and request that it be held until after January 1 if you plan to begin practice in South Carolina after that date.

Federal DEA applications are available on the DEA Web site at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.govYou may transfer an active DEA registration from another state to South Carolina; however the address on the transfer request must be the same as the address indicated on the South Carolina Controlled Substances Registration Application. Applicants who currently have a federal DEA registration may transfer their registration by accessing the U.S. DEA Web site at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov and completing an address change request, after obtaining a South Carolina Controlled Substances Registration.

New Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Registrations

Advanced practice nurses who wish to prescribe Schedule III-V controlled substances must submit the South Carolina Controlled Substances Registration Application, along with a copy of their nursing license, and prescriptive authority license. You may submit your application and request that it be held until after January 1 if you plan to begin practice in South Carolina after that date.  Applicants who currently have a federal DEA registration may transfer their registration by accessing the U.S. DEA Web site at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov by completing an address change request, after obtaining a South Carolina Controlled Substances Registration.

New Physician Assistant Registrations

Physician assistants who wish to prescribe schedule III-V controlled substances must submit the South Carolina Controlled Substances Registration Application, a copy of their Physician Assistant License and Prescriptive Authority License along with a copy of their letter of approval from the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, entitled “Expanded Authorization to Prescribe Schedule III-V Controlled Substances” in order to obtain the South Carolina Controlled Substances Registration.  You may submit your application and request that it be held until after January 1, if you plan to begin practice in South Carolina after January 1. Applicants who currently have a Federal DEA registration may transfer their registration by accessing the federal DEA Web site at  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov by completing an address change request, after obtaining a South Carolina Controlled Substances Registration.


For additional information, contact: (803) 896-0634 Fax (803) 896-0656