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:

    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 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.