How to Find a DEA Number

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Step 1

Contact the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) to obtain information on subscription options to access the DEA's CSA database. NTIS is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is the authorized official distributor of the CSA database. The NTIS offers the CSA database as raw data in two forms (ASCII or EBCDIC) delivered on either a 3480 cartridge or CD-ROM. The data can also be downloaded from the NTIS website.

Step 2

Log on to the website to obtain subscription information for accessing the CSA database via a searchable web application. This website is a joint venture between the NTIS and Global Internet Management Corp. The website is updated on a regular basis with registration information provided by the DEA.

Step 3

Purchase a subscription from the NTIS for access to the CSA database. The NTIS website provides contact information for its Subscriptions Department that can be reached by phone (1-800-363-2068 or (703) 605-6060), mail (5301 Shawnee Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312) and email (


About the Author

Joe Stone is a freelance writer in California who has been writing professionally since 2005. His articles have been published on LIVESTRONG.COM, and He also has experience in background investigations and spent almost two decades in legal practice. Stone received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles.

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