General Application Process

  • The Board receives applications, verifies that statutory qualifications have been met, and issues certificates of qualification (COQs) to qualified applicants. 
  • The Commission considers qualified applicants and issues medical licenses (generally one week after the COQ is issued).
  • The Board receives applications for Alabama Controlled Substances Certificates (ACSCs), which are required to order, dispense, prescribe controlled substances.
  • A state-specific Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration is applied for after receiving an ACSC.
  • ACSC holders must also register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Databank
  • The average time for obtaining a license is two to three months.

All information concerning requirements, fees, etc., is subject to change without notice.