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Frequently Asked Questions
New Jersey CDS Registration Processing

  1. What is the application fee for a C.D.S. registration?
  2. How long will it take to process any C.D.S. application completed manually and received via mail?
  3. Which controlled dangerous substance Schedules should I checkoff on my application, if I am a typical health care practitioner who prescribes or who will need to prescribe controlled dangerous substances?
  4. If I am a practitioner or business involved in controlled dangerous substance activity in the State of New Jersey, do I need both a New Jersey C.D.S. registration and a federal D.E.A. registration?
  5. May I use my D.E.A. registration from another state in the State of New Jersey?
  6. As a licensed health care practitioner who does not dispense controlled dangerous substances from any secondary office, is it required that I obtain a New Jersey C.D.S. registration and D.E.A. registration for each branch office?
  7. My C.D.S. registration has expired. May I renew online?
  8. How do I change my C.D.S. registration address of record?
  9. How do I change or correct my name as it appears on my C.D.S. registration?
  10. Do I require a separate C.D.S. registration for each location where I work?
  11. May I walk-in, to the Newark NJ State Building my initial/renewal application in order to shorten the processing time?
  12. Our pharmacy is relocating. May we retain the same C.D.S. registration number?
  13. Are temporary covering physicians required to apply for some type of locum tenens C.D.S. registration?
  14. Do manufactures and wholesalers have to register with the Drug Control Unit if they do not handle controlled dangerous substances?
  15. If a registrant loses or misplaces his or her NJ C.D.S. Registration certificate, can a replacement be provided?

 


 


  1. What is the application fee for a C.D.S. registration?
    1. $20.00 for physicians, dentists, pharmacies, podiatrists, veterinarians, APNs, CNMs, PAs, researchers, analytical labs, narcotic treatment programs/methadone clinics, animal shelters and dog trainers/handlers.
    2. $100.00 for Distributors.
    3. $200.00 for Manufacturers.
    If a Criminal History Records Information (C.H.R.I.) is required, the additional fee is $18.00, payable to the Division of State Police, and all such payments must also be by certified check or money order only.
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  2. How long will it take to process any C.D.S. application completed manually and received via mail?
    Initial and renewal applications require approximately three to four (3-4) weeks to process followed by certificate printing and mailing. Business applications requiring a State Police, Criminal History Records Information (C.H.R.I.) check involve additional processing time. In the future, this website will be modified to allow for the completion of certain applications online, which will reduce average processing time to approximately one (1) week or less.
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  3. Which controlled dangerous substance Schedules should I checkoff on my application, if I am a typical health care practitioner who prescribes or who will need to prescribe controlled dangerous substances?
    Schedules II, III, IV and V. (Presently, registrations involving Schedule I controlled dangerous substances are only issued to qualified researchers and analytical laboratories and a special registration process is required which must be initiated with D.E.A. authorities.)
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  4. If I am a practitioner or business involved in controlled dangerous substance activity in the State of New Jersey, do I need both a New Jersey C.D.S. registration and a federal D.E.A. registration?
    Yes, and the New Jersey address on the C.D.S. registration MUST be the same as the address used for the D.E.A. registration.
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  5. May I use my D.E.A. registration from another state in the State of New Jersey?
    No, D.E.A. registrations and New Jersey C.D.S. registrations are only issued for the specific location where controlled dangerous substances are manufactured, distributed, prescribed or dispensed. (21 C.F.R.-1301.12(a) and N.J.S.A. 24:21-10(c)).
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  6. As a licensed health care practitioner who does not dispense controlled dangerous substances from any secondary office, is it required that I obtain a New Jersey C.D.S. registration and D.E.A. registration for each branch office?
    No, New Jersey practitioners who simply prescribe controlled dangerous substances need only obtain a New Jersey C.D.S. registration and a D.E.A. registration for one location in New Jersey; usually the location where a practitioner principally practices. If a practitioner dispenses controlled dangerous substances from more than one location in New Jersey, then each such office location must be issued a separate New Jersey C.D.S. registration and D.E.A. registration.
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  7. My C.D.S. registration has expired. May I renew online?
    You may only renew online ninety (90) days before the expiration date of your current C.D.S. registration. If your C.D.S. registration is already in expired status, you must contact the Drug Control Unit for a reinstatement application.
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  8. How do I change my C.D.S. registration address of record?
    In writing. The signed request may be faxed to the Drug Control Unit (D.C.U.) Fax#: 973-504-6326; or mailed to: NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Drug Control Unit, P.O. Box 45045, Newark, NJ 07101. Include your name, C.D.S. registration number (and a photocopy of the existing current C.D.S. registration certificate), current NJ address of record and new NJ address of record. If your registration requires a board practice address (e.g. dentists, veterinarians, pharmacies), include a copy of the professional board current official address record/permit document. If you are a non-professional board registrant, include a copy of the current corrected corporate, trade name etc. business address registration document. You must likewise timely change your address of record with the D.E.A. All C.D.S. security requirements must first be in place at the new location.
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  9. How do I change or correct my name as it appears on my C.D.S. registration?
    The Drug Control Unit does not have the ability to change or correct your name as registered. You must contact your professional licensing board. When the board has officially changed/corrected your name, forward copy of such verifying document (e.g. copy of corrected NJ biennial licensing certificate) with an explanatory letter and the DCU will mail you a corrected registration. (Your former C.D.S. registration must then be destroyed or returned to the DCU office with explanation.) If you are a non-professionally licensed registrant, forward to D.C.U. a copy of the verifying legal documents with an explanatory letter.
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  10. Do I require a separate C.D.S. registration for each location where I work?
    Yes, if you propose (and are authorized) to maintain a stock of C.D.S. under your authority at such additional location(s). This includes, for example, C.D.S. maintained under the authority of a medical director at a nursing home, health care or correctional facility. No C.D.S. may be maintained at any site, unless an eligible registrant has obtained C.D.S. and D.E.A. registrations for such site, proper security and handling procedures and documentation are in place, etc.
    If you will not store C.D.S. at an additional site but, for example, only prescribe C.D.S. from such secondary site, a separate C.D.S. registration is not required.
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  11. May I walk-in, to the Newark NJ State Building my initial/renewal application in order to shorten the processing time?
    No. Our office ONLY accepts walk-ins, by prior approval, ten (10) days prior to the expiration date of the C.D.S. registration, where extenuating circumstances have resulted in an unavoidable delay.
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  12. May a C.D.S. prescription, with refills remaining to be dispensed, be transferred from one pharmacy to another?
    Yes, but only if the Board of Pharmacy does not issue a new pharmacy permit number. When writing to our office, include a copy of the new Board permit, showing the current, corrected address. If a new Board permit number has been issued, you will need to submit new C.D.S. (and D.E.A.) registration applications.
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  13. Are temporary covering physicians required to apply for some type of locum tenens C.D.S. registration?
    No. Locum tenens refers to a physician from another state who covers for another physician in NJ, because of illness, vacation or other official absence, for a period of 59 days or less. The covering physician may utilize his/her current, valid out-of-state D.E.A. registration and prescription blanks, but only after having received the official approval of the NJ Board of Medical Examiners for the specified locum tenens service. Locum tenens practice of 60 days or greater duration requires that the covering practitioner first obtain NJ medical licensure, C.D.S. and D.E.A. registrations at a valid NJ address.
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  14. Do manufactures and wholesalers have to register with the Drug Control Unit if they do not handle controlled dangerous substances?
    No, registration is not required with the Drug Control Unit, but if they handle prescription legend drugs or prescription medical devices, they must be licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, P.O. Box 369, Trenton, NJ 08605–0369 (609-585-3213).
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  15. If a registrant loses or misplaces his or her NJ C.D.S. Registration certificate, can a replacement be provided?
    Yes, any registrant may request a “duplicate” certificate of C.D.S. registration by forwarding a letter requesting same and enclosing a $5.00 check made out to the NJ Drug Control Unit, P.O. Box 45045, Newark, NJ 07101.
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