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DPS Controlled Substance Registration

Updates on Prescribing Controlled Substances

Physicians and Physician Assistants (PAs) who prescribe or will be prescribing controlled substances in the State of Texas need to be aware of changes to the laws regarding prescribing and ordering these drugs.

Texas Controlled Substances Registration Numbers for Physicians and PAs:

Under Senate Bill 195, the requirement for controlled substances registration (CSR) with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was eliminated on September 1, 2016. DPS has stopped accepting applications for the Texas Controlled Substances Registration under Chapter 481.061 of the Health and Safety Code. 

The DPS CSR registration process will not be replaced by another process. Physicians and PAs will continue to be required to hold registration from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in order to prescribe controlled substances and to register prescriptive delegation for Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Nurses with the Texas Medical Board.

Physician Assistants with Temporary Licenses pending Medical Board approval will still be required to file a Prescriptive Delegation Form with the Registrations Department of the Medical Board.  To request a form, please email Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.  The DEA will verify temporary licenses with assigned delegation for registration of a DEA CSR directly with board staff.


Prescription Pad Orders:

Effective September 1, 2016, the Texas Prescription Program transferred to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP). This includes the oversight and processing of the official prescription pads for Schedule II prescription forms. The Texas Department of Public Safety no longer accepts orders for the official prescription pads; however, official prescription forms issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety prior to September 1, 2016 will be considered valid prescription forms.

Information from the Department of Public Safety on this bill is located at https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/ControlledSubstances/index.htm.

For information regarding prescription pad ordering, visit the TSBP's website: http://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/rxpad/.

Prescription Monitoring Program Changes:

The prescription monitoring program previously known as Prescription Access in Texas (PAT) was also moved under the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) effective September 1, 2016, and is now called the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

The new prescription monitoring program is available through the TSBP’s website at https://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/PMP/. Information will be forwarded to current Prescription Access in Texas users explaining how to update their registrations for the new system.

The TSBP produced a video tutorial on how to register for the PMP, visit: https://youtu.be/u7aZm_hnfQ4.

 

Physician Registration/Renewal

 

To activate your license for the first time, you need to pay your first time registration fee within 90 days of your license issue date.  To maintain an active license you will need to renew your registration every two years.

Physicians can register online 60-90 days prior to expiration. Registration reminders will be sent out on postcards at least 60 days in advance of the expiration date.

 

 

Physician Specialty List - to be used with application and registration forms.

 

  • Once the Board has issued you an official license number, you will have 90 days to register and activate your license. Failure to register will result in penalty fees, and after one year, license cancellation.

     

    The Board assigns the first registration period. These initial permits will be either 12 or 24 months in length. First time registration fees are prorated accordingly. Subsequent registrations will be two years in length and will be due on the same day each time. Even number licenses expire in even number years and odd number licenses expire in odd number years

     

    House Bill 7, effective 9/1/2015, removed the $200 per year Professional fee, previously required.  Please note that all registration fees assessed prior to 9/1/2015 will not be effected by this fee change, regardless of when payment is remitted.

    In addition, under Senate Bill 195 (84th Legislative Session) effective 9/1/2016, the TMB will remit funds to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for the purposes of the operation and maintenance of the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).  As such, a small fee for this purpose has been added to your total renewal fee due. 

     

    Initial Registration Fee prorated amounts:

    Initial registration of 12 months - $278.42
    Initial registration of 24 months - $464.42

     

    The full biennial registration fee includes an $80 SB104 fee,  the $8.42 Prescription Monitoring Program fee, and a $2 Office of Patient Protection fee. These fees are required by statute. The remaining $370 is the fee required by the TMB.

     

    The initial registration fee includes an $80 SB104 fee per registration,  the $8.42 Prescription Monitoring Program fee, and a $5 Office of Patient Protection fee for the first year, with an additional $1 charged for any subsequent year. These fees are required by statute and cannot be pro-rated. The remaining amount is required by the TMB and prorated for each permit length.

     

    These fees are included in the prices listed above, and explained in more detail in the chart below.

     

    Initial Biennial Registration

    Length of Permit

    Agency Fee

    SB 104

    Ofc Pt Prot Fee

    PMP

    Total

    12 months

     $ 185.00

     $ 80.00

     $ 5.00

     $ 8.42

     $ 278.42

    24 months

     $ 370.00

     $ 80.00

     $ 5.00

     $ 8.42

     $ 464.42

     

    House Bill 7, effective 9/1/2015, removed the $200 per year Professional fee, previously required.  Please note that all registration fees assessed prior to 9/1/2015 will not be effected by this fee change, regardless of when payment is remitted.

    In addition, under Senate Bill 195 (84th Legislative Session) effective 9/1/2016, the TMB will remit funds to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for the purposes of the operation and maintenance of the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). As such, a small fee for this purpose has been added to your total renewal fee due.

     

    The biennial registration fee includes an $80 SB104 fee, the $8.42 Prescription Monitoring Program fee, and a $2 Office of Patient Protection fee. These fees are required by statute. The remaining $370 is the fee required by the TMB.

     

    These fees are included in the prices listed above, and explained in more detail in the chart below.

    Subsequent Biennial Registration

    Length of Permit

    Agency Fee

    SB 104

    Ofc Pt Prot Fee

    PMP

    Total

    24 months

     $ 370.00

     $ 80.00

     $ 2.00

     $ 8.42

     $ 460.42

    Physician licenses expire at one of 4 times during the year, February 28th, May 31st, August 31st, or November 30th. These registration periods are assigned by the TMB at the time of licensure, and the fees are pro-rated appropriately for the initial registration. Even number licenses expire in even number years and odd number licenses expire in odd number years.

    After the initial registration, we are not able to offer the option of a shorter or annual registration. In addition, there are no registration fee exemptions for physicians who are in training, or in military service.

    Physicians can register online 60 days prior to expiration. Registration reminders will be sent out on postcards.

     

     

     

    Online registration:

    No financial information is seen, processed, or stored by the Texas Medical Board.

    The payment portion of the online registration system is handled by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas.  The price of this service includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. Texas.gov will remit the amount paid to the Texas Medical Board on your behalf.

     

    Please note that as of 9/1/2015 Texas.gov will charge a different amount depending on the type of online payment service used.

    Ex:     $460.42 – TMB Registration fee due
              $471.04 – Total amount charged on Credit Card

     

    Ex:     $460.42 – TMB Registration fee due
              $460.67 – Total amount charged through electronic check

     

    Non-online (paper) registration:

    An additional processing fee of $50 will be charged to those licensees who choose to register through a paper form, when an online option is available. If an online option is not available (ex: license is delinquent or suspended at the time of registration) the additional processing fee will not be required.

     

    To request a hard copy registration form, please contact the Registration Department at registrations@tmb.state.tx.us or (512) 305-7030.

     

     

     

     

    There is a 30 day grace period for the expiration date of a physician license. Once the expiration date has occurred, penalty fee of $75 will be added.  After 90 days, the penalty fee will increase to $150. If a license has been expired for one year or longer it is automatically cancelled.

    Please note that the Board does not have a “zero balance receipt” that shows that a licensee has a zero balance or that licensee registration has been paid in full, nor can we provide an individualized billing statement of the amount due to complete license registration/renewal. 

     

    Online Registration:

    Please remember that the payment portion of the online registration system is handled by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas.  A printable receipt will be provided at the end of the online registration process. In addition, a confirmation of payment receipt will be emailed to the address given as part of the Texas.gov payment process.

    Additional copies of the receipt will be provided by request only. Submit your request to Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us . Please include your full name, license number, date of payment, and amount paid.

     

    Non-online (paper) registration:

    A receipt will be provided by request only. Submit your request to Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us . Please include your full name, license number, date of payment, and amount paid.