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This article will provide resources to help you onboarded with EPCS Registration. 



Overview of Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) Registration 

To e-prescribe controlled substances, providers must first register for the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). EPCS registration involves these main steps for providers: 

  1. Receive a registration invitation via email containing a link and unique code (invite ID). An administrator usually generates these emails. 
  2. Complete identity proofing with Experian by answering credit related questions and personally identifiable information.
    • Tip: Provide a personal mobile number during this process to get a unique code via text instead of waiting 5-7 business days for the unique code via mail.
    • Called an Experian Transaction Number (ETN), this unique code is required to continue EPCS registration. 
  3. Associate two-factor authentication to your account. The DEA requires two-factor authentication to prescribe controlled substances. Two forms of identification consist of: 
    • A unique password (passphrase)
    • token device that generates a different One-Time-Pin (OTP) each time you use the token. It is recommended that providers have both types of tokens available:
      • Hard token device that gets mailed to the address on file with DEA.
      • Soft token app (VIP Access by Symantec) that can be downloaded to your device by going to https://vip.symantec.com/ or finding VIP Access on the app store. Note: DEA requires that the soft token be on a different device from the device you use to prescribe controlled substances.
  4. Have an administrator complete Logical Access Control (LAC) to authorize (activate) the provider to e-prescribe controlled substances. 

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