Inappropriate requests for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration numbers

The AVMA strongly opposes the use of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number for any purpose other than the one for which it was intended: to provide certification of DEA registration in transactions involving controlled substances. There is no legal requirement for this number to be provided if the prescription is for a non-controlled drug. The use of the DEA registration number for identification purposes is not approved of by the DEA.

Related resource

Veterinary practitioners' guide to DEA security requirements