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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

Health Facility Licensure Procedures

Get a Controlled Substance Registration

Contents: | How to get registered | Federal Drug Enforcement Agency Registration | Suspension of registration | US Drug Enforcement Agency

Who Needs a South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration
Practitioners listed below who dispense, administer, or prescribe controlled substances in South Dakota must have a South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration and federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration. Entities listed below who manufacture, use or distribute controlled substances in South Dakota must also have a South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration.

  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Optometrist*
  • Nurse Practitioner**
  • Osteopathic Physician
  • Pharmacy***
  • Podiatrist
  • Dentist
  • Certified Nurse
    Midwife**
  • Physician Assistant**
  • Manufacturer
  • Analytical Lab
  • Teaching Institution
  • Distributor
  • Animal Euthanasia
  • Researcher

*(South Dakota Codified Law) SDCL 36-7-1 limits optometrists to oral analgesics. This includes Schedule II Narcotic, Schedule III Narcotic, and Schedule IV.

**SDCL 36-9A (nurse practitioners) and SDCL 36-4A (physician assistants) grant specific prescriptive authority for controlled substances.

***Hospitals must have a licensed pharmacy (return to contents)

How to Get a South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration

  1. Download the appropriate controlled substance registration application.

    Physician Form - for medical doctor, osteopathic doctor, dentist, optometrist, pharmacy, veterinarian, podiatrist
    Mid-level Form - for nurse practitioner, physician assistant, nurse midwife
    Non-practitioner Form - for manufacturer, distributor, analytical lab, researcher (including drug detection dog trainers), animal euthanasia provider, teaching institution
    OR
    Request an application by e-mailing bob.coolidge@state.sd.us
    OR
    Request an application by writing to
    Bob Coolidge, R.Ph.
    South Dakota Department of Health
    Office of Health Care Facilities Licensure & Certification
    615 E. 4th Street
    Pierre, SD 57501-1700

  2. Complete the application and return it to the above address. See the instructions on the application form to determine the appropriate fee amount.

  3. New practitioners applying for a South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration in addition to a new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration can expect the process to take a minimum of six weeks.

  4. If you are moving your South Dakota practice location to another location in the state, you must notify the South Dakota Department of Health and the DEA prior to change of address. Change of address forms are available from the Department. (ARSD 44:58:06:02) Events causing automatic suspension of registration. The registration of a person is automatically suspended if the person fails to maintain the person's professional license, fails to maintain DEA registration in South Dakota, discontinues professional practice within South Dakota, or changes name or address without notifying the secretary. A practitioner who moves to a new location must request a modification of their registration.)

  5. If you are moving a federal DEA registration to South Dakota from another state, you must obtain a South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration and a valid South Dakota professional license. Registrant must also notify the DEA of the address change.

  6. Locum tenens practitioners registered in another state may obtain a locum tenens controlled substance registration, good for 60 days, based on their DEA registration from the state where they are licensed to practice.

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Registration

Contact the federal Drug Enforcement Administration at 888-803-1179 for registration fees and application information for a DEA Controlled Substances Registration. (return to contents)

Suspension of a South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration

A South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration will be automatically suspended if the holder:

  • fails to maintain the appropriate professional license
  • fails to maintain DEA registration in South Dakota
  • discontinues professional practice in South Dakota changes name/ address without notifying the South Dakota Department of Health

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency - Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

DEA Agents Supervising South Dakota:
Tom Cox (515) 284-4988
George Taylor (515) 284-6644

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