While you do not need to register or certify your service dog in order to have one and enjoy all the rights granted to you and your service dog under the ADA, FHA, ACAA and other applicable laws, nor can a city or any other entity require that you register or certify your service dog as a service dog, it can be quite beneficial for you to consider doing so. (Note that localities can, and generally do, require you to license your service dog as a dog residing in that locality, and this is a requirement by which you must comply.)
Certifymypet offers complete all-in-one service dog registration and certification services. In as easy as 1-2-3, you can qualify for a service dog, get your service dog and register your service dog. Read more about how below:
Qualify for a Service Dog – Certifymypet will set you up on a teleconference with a doctor licensed in your state to discuss your disability and need for a service dog with you and provide you the documentation you need to move forward in getting a service dog with confidence and peace of mind.
Get Your Service Dog – Once you’ve qualified for a service dog, you’re ready to get your service dog. You can either make your own dog into a service dog or obtain a dog already trained as a service dog for your disability. Either way, Certifymypet can help. Through our expert guides and the Certifymypet Blog, you can learn everything you need to know about making your dog a service dog or getting a trained service dog. You’ll learn where to look, what to look for and what to avoid.
Register Your Service Dog – When you sign up at Certifymypet, you get all the benefits of service dog registration, including:
Doctor’s letter – After an appointment by teleconference with a physician or psychiatrist, depending on your disability, licensed to practice in your state during which you will demonstrate your service dog qualifications, you will receive an official, valid and legitimate doctor’s letter stating that you have a disability recognized by the ADA, that a service dog can help you with this disability and that you have a service dog performing these very duties for you. What this letter will not state is any personal or private information such as what your disability is or how it affects you.
Identification – You may not need identification to prove you have a disability and that your dog is a service dog, but it sure can help. With Certifymypet service dog registration, you get a whole bunch of identification to use if and when you feel it’s appropriate. These include a service dog harness and vest with a pocket for an ID card, also provided, that identifies your dog as your service dog. Are service dogs required to wear a vest? No, they aren’t, but it can keep you from being bothered by people who think you’re trying to bring a pet into a pet-free zone. With Certifymypet service dog registration, you also get waterproof, wear-proof and weatherproof PVC (polyvinyl chloride) ID cards for your wallet or purse identifying you as a person with a disability authorized under the ADA to have a service dog. Not only do these cards contain essential info an individual could utilize to verify your claims of qualification for a service dog, but they also contain information that helps to educate and inform individuals unfamiliar with the laws regarding service dogs. If you lose any of these cards, you can receive replacements for as long as your Certifymypet service dog registration remains active.
Registry and Verification – For as long as you subscribe to Certifymypet, you’ll have an active listing for you and your service dog in a digital registry. Then, whenever you encounter someone questioning your right to access a space or services with your service dog, you can have them call a toll-free number or go online to have a trusted Certifymypet agent securely and confidentially provide the verification required.