California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES)

Pursuant to California Senate Bill (SB) 809, the California Department of Justice implemented a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system which allows pre-registered users including licensed healthcare prescribers eligible to prescribe controlled substances, pharmacists authorized to dispense controlled substances, law enforcement, and regulatory boards to access timely patient controlled substance history information.

The California prescription-monitoring program, CURES, is committed to fighting pharmaceutical drug diversion without affecting legitimate medical practice and patient care.   Prescribers and dispensers are encouraged to register for CURES access as soon as possible in observance of new mandates established by SB 809. California Health & Safety Code section 11165.1 (a)(1)(A) now states that health care practitioners authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish, or dispense Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV controlled substances and pharmacists must submit an application for approval to access information online regarding the controlled substance history of a patient that is stored on the Internet and maintained within the Department of Justice before July 1, 2016.

For more information on this program, please access the State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General website or you may access the CURES Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

What is the CURES 2.0 registration process effective January 2016?

Registration, for California licensed prescribers and pharmacists, is fully automated. Applicants must complete the online Prescriber and Dispenser Registration and provide a valid email address, medical or pharmacist license number, and DEA registration certificate number (prescribers only). DOJ will validate identity and license electronically with the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

What if I registered before January 1 using CURES 1.0?

Effective May 1, 2016 DOJ no longer accepts CURES 1.0 documents. Please log into CURES 2.0 and register using process described above.


For more information, contact the Office of Vital Records and Statistics at (619) 692-5550 or send us an e-mail.