There is often confusion about federal DEA certificate requirements when providers work in multiple states.  The DEA’s policy states that a provider must have a certificate for “each principal place of business or professional practice”.  There is an exception for providers who practice in multiple locations within one state that they only need one registration within the state to practice at any location within that state.

Click here to read the DEA policy concerning Locum Tenens on the DOJ website.

Insurance companies will require that providers have a DEA for the state in which they are requesting to credential/contract.  Be sure to have your DEA certificate for the state prior to making application to the network(s).