Getting Started with Controlled Substances

Obtaining a license to use controlled substances is a relatively easy process, but it does take some time. You will need to get both a State of Michigan Controlled Substance Research License and a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Controlled Substance Researcher Registration. 

1. Obtain a State of Michigan license

Submit your State of Michigan Controlled Substance Research License first. You will need your State of Michigan Controlled Substance Research License number in order to get final approval from the DEA, so submit it first to get the process started. You do not have to wait until you receive the State of Michigan license number to submit the application for your federal DEA registration.

Applying for a State of Michigan Controlled Substance Research license is a two part process:

  1. Completion of the application
  2. Criminal background check

Complete the application for a State of Michigan Controlled Substance Research License

Fill out the application found here: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/lara_CSResearchapp_0314_450204_7.pdf

You will need the following supplemental information:

  • Credentials to conduct the proposed research
  • Protocol of the proposed research
  • List of controlled substances & doses to be used: Controlled Substance Schedules
  • Procedures for storage & security of drugs
  • List of other staff/persons involved

Note: A separate application must be submitted to conduct research with Schedule I controlled substances.

Criminal background check

A criminal background check is part of this process. The State of Michigan will contact you with procedures for completing the fingerprinting and background check.

2. Obtain a DEA Registration

You will need your State of Michigan Controlled Substance License Number to complete the DEA application.

Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Application

Note: This application is only for Schedules II-V. A separate application is required to conduct research with Schedule I controlled substances.