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Hi everyone,

In my myriad Google searches, I seem to have found the answer, but I want to confirm this before I play the waiting game.  I have applied for state licensure in CA, but I am still waiting on approval. Can I apply for my DEA before the license comes through? The answer seems to be no, that I must be fully licensed before I even begin my application for a DEA.

Anyone have any light to shed on this? Any way for me to speed up the waiting game?

Thanks much!

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The DEA application requires you to have a state license - and whatever else the state requires for controlled substance prescribing authority, before you apply.  In most states you can apply for prescribing authority and your license simultaneously.  I've found the DEA to be fairly prompt, 2-4 weeks, in issuing a number.

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