Summary: The mission of DEA's Chemical Control Program is to reduce the supply of illicit drugs and diverted chemicals by disrupting and dismantling the operations and financial infrastructures of major trafficking organizations. The production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and MDMA (ecstasy) requires enormous quantities of precursor chemicals. The Chemical Control Program works with domestic and international partners to target the drug and chemical trafficking organizations most responsible for the production, distribution, and diversion of precursor chemicals. DEA's strategy is to deny precursor chemicals—raw products and chemicals—to drug trafficking organizations and, at the same time, to ensure an adequate supply for commercial licit markets. DEA registration, record keeping and suspicious order reporting requirements apply to importers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors and certain retailers of 47 listed chemicals. Through a combination of industry outreach and voluntary compliance measures, DEA strives to control chemical diversion in partnership with industry and the public.

Chemical Registration

Contact DEA Registration Service Center at 1-800-882-9539 (8:30 am-5:50 pm ET) for assistance.

DEA Form 510 - New Application for Registration - Domestic Chemicals

DEA Form 510A - Renewal Application for Registration - Domestic Chemicals

Bulk Chemical Manufacturer Reports (BCM Online)

Chemical Import/Export Declarations:

DEA Form 486 - Import/Export Declaration - Chemical

DEA Form 486A - Import Declaration for Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine - Chemical

Quarterly Reports on Imports of Acetone, Toluene, and MEK

§ 1313.12 Notification prior to import

Suggested Quarterly Report Format (MS Excel file format)

Inquiries on Quarterly Reporting can be directed to, subject line Quarterly Report.

Mail Order Reporting Process:

What are the reporting requirements?

Suggested Reporting Format (MS Excel file format)

Inquiries on Monthly Mail Order Reporting can be directed to, subject line Mail Order Report.

Transshipment of Listed Chemicals

A listed chemical may be imported into the United States for transshipment, or may be transferred or transshipped within the United States for immediate exportation, provided that written notice is submitted to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). See Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 1313.31 (a) for more details.

Chemical Transshipment Notification Instructions (PDF)

Questions & Answers:

Chemical Registration and Reporting Requirements


Advisories to the Public: Developments in chemical diversion

Export of Chemicals From the United States to Colombia; Policy Statement (PDF) (March 28, 1996)

Items of Interest