1. Identify Your ESA
An ESA letter does not name or identify your animal specifically. It only gives you, the person named in the letter, authorization to have a qualified emotional support animal. Therefore, one key benefit of ESA registration is that it identifies your particular animal as your ESA. This protects you and, most of all, your animal far more than a mere ESA letter alone.
2. Avoid Unnecessary Travel and Housing Fees
As laid out in the Fair Housing Act, a valid ESA letter allows you to live with your ESA even in housing that normally does not permit animals. The Fair Housing Act further prevents landlords from charging you extra fees and requiring extra deposits to allow your emotional support animal to take residence with you. As laid out in the Air Carrier Access Act, a legitimate ESA letter allows you to fly on commercial passenger airlines with your ESA accompanying you in the passenger cabin of the airplane. The Air Carrier Access Act further prevents airlines from charging you extra fees for traveling with your emotional support animal.
3. Avoid Unnecessary Hassles and Delays
ESA registration makes it easier for you to identify yourself to potential landlords and airline staff as a qualified ESA owner and your animal as your qualified ESA. One way ESA registration does this is by helping you push through the resistance many landlords and airlines have to allowing emotional support animals by demonstrating that you know your rights. You are even given a card with registration that outlines your exact rights as legally-qualified ESA owner.
Additionally, registration also confers on you a number of items that can help make travel and/or housing situations far easier for you and your ESA than attempting those activities without them. These include:
A card identifying you as a legitimate ESA owner
A safety harness and vest with ID tag and holder for your animal to wear to identify him or her as your ESA and help you to keep him or her under your control at all times.
A listing in the Certifymypet digital database of legitimate ESA owners and their ESAs
Easily-accessible electronic copy of your current, valid ESA letter with doctor’s contact information
A convenient guidebook to traveling and obtaining and maintaining housing with an ESA
When you travel without a registered ESA, you may be subject to greater hassles and hold-ups, including more intensive searches of you and your animal and possible delays while your claims of your ESA’s legitimacy are verified. Similarly, when you seek housing for you and your unregistered ESA, you could face hassles and delays proving your ESA’s legitimacy before you get approved to take residence. With proper emotional support animal registration, airline workers and housing managers are far less likely to give you trouble bringing your ESA along with you.
Not only are your official ESA registration credentials more difficult to dispute or dismiss, but emotional support animal registration comes with follow-up ESA letter verification service for landlords and airlines. Through this system, each ESA letter issued through Certifymypet’s system has a unique number and can be verified 24/7. This service protects you from being denied housing or travel with your ESA without valid legal cause. Through this service, airlines and housing authorities can contact Certifymypet to request verification of your credentials and answer other relevant questions as mandated by the airline’s own ESA policy and permitted by law.