Anyone know how long to get a DEA in Ga

  1. We are kind of a backward state. I have accepted that and not ready to relocate to a more progressive state yet as my son is in college here. Anyway, I have been informed that I need a DEA to continue my position. We have 2 offices. I alternate between the 2. How long or difficult will it be to get a DEA license. Thing is we do not even prescribe narcotics and i do not want to. But we have the random patient that needs 10 Ambien. Therefore to keep my current gig I need to do this. Thank you in advance!
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  3. by   DizzyJon
    It can be anywhere from 7-10 days to 2-3 weeks. Depends on the DEA office your application gets processed at and how easily they can verify your licensure.
  4. by   gettingbsn2msn
    Thank you. I was concerned with the red tape of the govt it would take a long time. I called GA BON today and she could not give me an answer.
  5. by   gettingbsn2msn
    This is turning into a more complicated mess. I went on the DEA site and paid my money. Now I have learned that I should have applied with the Georgia DEA. The lady on the phone said Washington takes forever and that's where I sent my application and money. If it's over 3 months it appears one looses the money and starts all over again. Frustrating!
  6. by   DizzyJon
    I don't live nor work in Georgia. However, there is no Georgia DEA. The DEA is federal. Some states require a separate certification/number/registration etc to prescribe controlled meds. For instance when I worked in Hawaii I had to have a state NED number in addition to DEA.

    According to the Georgia NP FAQs:

    When do I apply for a DEA number?
    The normal procedure is: 1) submission of your protocol to the Medical Board, 2) receipt of a letter stating the Medical Board has reviewed your protocol, and 3) application to the DEA.

    Also, review this:
    https://dph.georgia.gov/sites/dph.ge...ityToolkit.pdf

    It should be your program's responsibility to make sure they educated you on licensure requirement prior to graduation. It is unfortunate that many do not.
  7. by   bbcewalters
    Mine took about 2 weeks...as a new grad.... This really should not be a difficult process for you.
    Good Luck.
  8. by   bbcewalters
    Yep this is exactly what I did. Having the protocol is what took so long, like a month.... DEA was quick.

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