Reminder: How to Address the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Certification Requirement if You Do Not Have a DEA Certification

If a provider designated as a prescriber on the Provider Permission Matrix (PPM)* does not have a DEA certification, they must:


1.   Enter 123456789 as the DEA certification number.

2.   Complete the DEA Designation Form (found on the Provider Policies, Manuals, Guidelines and Forms page under Provider Forms) indicating the reason for not having a DEA certification, selecting one of the following reasons on the form:

  • The prescribing provider is currently working on obtaining their DEA license (it is in process or is still pending). They must elect a temporary alternate prescriber to write prescriptions for controlled substances on their behalf until they have a valid certification. The form must be completed providing the alternate prescriber’s information.
  • The prescribing provider elects not to prescribe controlled substances themselves but prescribing controlled substances is in their scope of practice. They must identify another doctor to write these prescriptions on their behalf. The form must be completed providing the alternate prescriber’s information.
  • The prescribing provider does not prescribe or refer prescriptions for controlled substances because they believe their patients do not require controlled substances. In this circumstance, the provider must sign the statement on the form indicating this and describe their process for handling instances when a patient requires a controlled substance.
  • The prescribing provider is in an ACGME accredited training program and does not practice independently. Note: This information must be updated once the program is complete.

3.   Upload this form to the Upload Documents page under Status Management when submitting an application.


Providers are encouraged to check their email and NCTracks provider announcements regularly. New FAQs related to the communication Details on Prescribing Provider DEA Requirements have also been added to the NCTracks Provider Data Collection FAQ page. These FAQs (#40-45) address commonly asked questions regarding the DEA Designation Form and the DEA certification requirement for some providers. Providers are encouraged to review this helpful information.

*The PPM may be found under Quick Links on the Provider Enrollment page.