Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Registration Renewal Service


Welcome to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Office of Controlled Substances Administration’s (OCSA) Online Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Renewal Service.

Applicants can renew their CDS registration up to 60 days before or 30 days after the expiration date listed on the certificate. The fee for a 3-year renewal is $120. Additional fees for address and name changes are not required at the time of renewal, but you must upload supporting documentation. Application fees are non-refundable.

Read the requirements below before commencing your renewal. For your security, this application will time-out if left unattended for 20 minutes.

To renew your CDS license, you will need:

Once you have completed the renewal process, your renewal application will be reviewed by OCSA. After ten (10) business days, you may check your application status here. If the OCSA verification website shows a status of ‘PENDING,’ please email the Office of Controlled Substances Administration at for more information.


You may wish to view a demo of this service before you begin. Click through screenshots of all the pages, and see all the information you will need to provide to renew your CDS license.

Please note that the screens in this demo show the renewal process for Establishments, but the process for Practitioners is similar. The data displayed in these demo screens is not real, and shows examples of the information required.

View Demo

Effective October 1, 2018

(HB 1452 - "Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration - Authorized Providers - Continuing Education")
Authorized providers are required to complete 2 Hours of Continuing Education (CE) Relating to Prescribing or Dispensing of Controlled Dangerous Substances prior to receiving the first renewal CDS Registration Certificate that occurs on or after October 1, 2018.

You will not be allowed to continue with the online renewal until you attest to this requirement. This is a one-time requirement. The CE mandate is met after attesting to the completion of the required continuing education.

Click here for more information.

NOTE: this does not apply to Researchers and Establishments.

PDMP Mandate Effective February 15, 2018

All MD Practitioners must register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) prior to obtaining a new or renewal CDS Registration. To register with PDMP, go to the CRISP website at If you believe you are already registered but no longer have access to your confirmation code, please contact CRISP above or by phone (877) 952-7477.