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DRE FAQs

What does it take to become a certified DRE?

The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program has received international acclaim for its success in identifying the drug-impaired individual. Although the focus of the DRE curricula is on the identification of the drug-impaired driver, DRE skills are applied to many different law enforcement activities. These activities include Health and Safety Code enforcement, particularly 11550 H&S violations (under the influence of a specific controlled substance). In addition, DREs are frequently called upon to differentiate between drug influence and medical and/or mental disorders. The certified DRE is an extremely valuable tool for combating the adverse impact of drugs on the communities we serve.

Who do I contact, if I want to go to DRE School?

For more information, you should contact the DRE State Coordinator in your state. Prior to contacting the state coordinator, you should ensure that your agency will support your training and the DRE program.