To distribute, prescribe, or dispense any controlled substance in Alabama, physicians must obtain annually an Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (ACSC).

The requirement is waived for physicians employed by and working exclusively for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and for medical residents for a period of 18 months from the start date of the first year of the residency program.

How to Apply/What Happens Next


The Initial ACSC application becomes available through the Licensee Portal after the medical license application is complete and the certificate of qualification is issued.

Applications must be completed personally by the applicant.

Print your certificate using the Licensee Portal.

  • IMPORTANT:  Application fees are non-refundable.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must possess an Alabama medical license for an initial ACSC.
  • Apply for Alabama-specific DEA registration after receiving the initial ACSC.
  • For renewal, must have a current, Alabama-specific DEA registration and be registered to query the Prescription Drug Monitoring Databank.
  • ACSC holders must receive two Category 1 CME credits in controlled substances prescribing every two years. For more information, please see the controlled substances prescribing CME page.

Fees (Non-Transferable/Non-Refundable)

  • Initial ACSC: $150
  • ACSC renewal: $150

Receipts and certificates can be printed at the Licensee Portal.

Renewal and Reissuance After Expiration

  • ACSCs are renewed annually on or before Dec. 31 through the Licensee Portal.
  • Renewal applicants must certify that they have a current DEA registration, are registered to query the Prescription Drug Monitoring Databank, and have earned the required continuing medical education.
  • To apply for re-issuance of an expired ACSC, please contact our office using the Contact Form (choose ACSC from drop-down list).



No, DEA registrations are location-specific. Please see DEA Registration for more information.