A CSOS Certificate is a digital identity issued by the DEA’s that allows for electronic ordering for Schedule I and II (as well as III-V) controlled substances. A CSOS Certificate is the digital equivalent of the identification information contained on a DEA Form-222.
CSOS Certificates are issued to individuals and are required for electronic ordering of Schedule I and II controlled substances.
How long after I apply for a CSOS Certificate will I receive it?
CSOS Certificate activation notices can be expected approximately one month from the date the application package is sent to DEA. Incomplete, inaccurate, or invalid application packages will take longer to process and may be denied and returned by DEA.
Two activation notices are sent to the applicant
Postal mail activation notice
E-mail activation notice
Retrieving your DEA CSOS Certificate
You will need both activations to retrieve your DEA CSOS Certificate
Your email activation notice will include the web link and step-by-step instructions for retrieving your CSOS Certificate
(We highly suggest that you print out the email for reference.)