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Health Professional Licensing

Recent federal law changes require those who prescribe controlled substances to take a one-time training on substance use disorder when they obtain or renew their Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration.  A Michigan practitioner required to attend a one-time opioid and controlled substances awareness training by the state’s Controlled Substances Rules, may use the 8 hours of training that is accepted by the DEA for their controlled substances registration to also meet the state’s required one-time training on opioids and other controlled substances awareness. 


In addition, R 338.3163 that limits prescribing, dispensing, and administering a controlled substance to an individual with a substance use disorder will not be enforced by BPL until the rule is either modified or rescinded. This rule limited the circumstances under which a practitioner could treat an individual with substance use disorder, as well as the number of individuals that could be treated. All other laws and rules, both federal and state, must still be followed.


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The Licensing Division, in conjunction with state licensing boards, regulates 26 health professions in Michigan under the Michigan Public Health Code. This division is responsible for providing customer service, pre-licensure support and application processing. Team members in the Licensing Division fulfill a number of functions such as reviewing applications; processing renewals; issuing licenses, registrations, and/or certificates; and maintaining all licensing records for over 400,000 professionals.

If you have questions regarding your application or the application process, you can send an email to Please note applications are processed in the order of date received.