Internet and Mail-Order Pharmacy License


Every state in the country requires mail order pharmacies or web-based pharmacies to be properly licensed before they can legally operate in that state. We have experience navigating the licensing requirements for internet and mail-order pharmacies. For every state in which an order is placed, the appropriate license is required but each state varies on which authority regulates this type of business and what additional licenses are necessary.

State licensing laws and state public health codes all have specific requirements that must be met. LicenseLogix streamlines the licensing process for your business so that you can be certain that your mail order pharmacy is fully compliant with all registration requirements.


Although the law is only now catching up to many of the new businesses on the internet, one field that has been heavily regulated on a federal and state level is pharmacies. Due to the potentially harmful effects of dispensing medications and controlled substances, each state has an interest in licensing and monitoring pharmacies that operate within their borders. Even if a pharmacy is not physically located in a state, it may be subject to that state’s regulations as soon as a resident of the state places an order.

The first step to becoming a properly licensed pharmacy is to obtain a pharmacy permit/license in your domestic state. The pharmacy must next fulfill federal licensure requirements. In every other state in which they do business, they must obtain a Non-Resident Pharmacy License (e.g. NY, VA, MO) or a Mail Order Pharmacy License (e.g. ME, NH, MT). The appropriate license may have a different title depending on the state. Many states further require a Controlled Substance License (e.g. TX, MI, NJ).

Licensing agencies are generally the state’s Board of Pharmacy or some variant of a department of public health. License processing times range from 10 business days to 3 months. All non-resident pharmacy licenses require the pharmacy be properly licensed in its domestic state. Most states have some type of annual reporting or renewal requirement.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

The penalties for noncompliance are harsh. Common sanctions include revocation or denial of license as well as fines. If a pharmacy is dispensing controlled substances within a state without the proper license, it may also be subject to criminal prosecution.

How we help your business:

  1. Our licensing experts stay up-to-date with changing requirements and forms so you can focus on the job at hand.
  2. Our initial licensing and annual reporting services will save you and your business valuable time. Let us do the research, the preparation and the filing.
  3. Our services will save your business money. We charge flat rate fee and will complete the project quickly. Outsource to the experts.

More Resources:

Buying Perscription Medicines Online: A Consumer Safety Guide