Apply for a Physician Waiver


About the Waiver

To prescribe or dispense buprenorphine, physicians must qualify and apply for a waiver under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000).

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply:

  • Apply online by clicking here. Applications are sent directly to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
  • Apply from your smartphone using the SAMHSA MATx app. Click here to learn more about MATx.

Completing the Notification of Intent Form

To apply for a waiver, physicians must complete a Notification of Intent form.

The form contains all the data items necessary to expedite the timely processing of waiver notifications. The notification of intent must contain information on the physician’s qualifying credentials and additional certifications, including their capacity to refer patients for appropriate counseling and other services. It must also confirm that the physician will not have more than 30 patients at any one time for the first year, regardless of the number of practice locations. Physicians also must fax their training certificate after completing the waiver form to show that they have completed the required training to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine.

One year after the physician submits the initial notification, the physician can submit a second notification stating the need and intent to treat up to 100 patients. Learn how to apply to increase patient limits.

SAMHSA reviews applications within 45 days of receipt. Once the application process is complete and the application is approved, SAMHSA will email a letter that confirms the waiver and includes the physician’s prescribing identification number. If it has been more than 45 days since a physician has submitted an application or if a physician submitted an application and did not receive an acknowledgement of receipt, contact CSAT's Buprenorphine Information Center at 866-BUP-CSAT (866-287-2728) or send an email to