Do you know the most important tip about registering your Emotional Support Animal? Do not do it! 

ESA Registration is not required by law and will not make your dog an official Emotional Support Animal. There are steps that you need to take to make your pet an official ESA, but an ESA registration is NOT one of them. This is one of the most common misperceptions when it comes to making your dog an Emotional Support Dog. Instead of registering your Emotional Support Animal, you must obtain an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional.

To qualify for an ESA letter online, complete the questionnaire in the link below. A licensed mental health professional can assist you with your ESA letter for travel and for living with you in your home. button-with-arrow

Qualify for a legitimate ESA letter – Do NOT “Register” your ESA

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If you register your pet as an emotional support animal you will be denied at the airport and by landlords. Only an ESA letter qualifies a pet to be an ESA.

Do you qualify for an ESA letter?

To qualify for an ESA letter, you must work with a licensed mental health professional who specializes in understanding the benefits of assistance animals. An ESA letter must contain specific language and the only LMHP who is well versed in ESA regulations can write a quality ESA letter.

How to ask your therapist for an ESA letter?

If you are currently in therapy, we recommend that you ask your therapist about writing an ESA letter for you. You may inform them how your ESA has been helping you and why you believe it is beneficial for your long-term mental health. However, if they do not know what is required for an ESA letter or if they do not believe in animal therapy, there is still hope.

You may seek support from ESA Doctors. ESA Doctors is a technology company that helps connect clients with professionals who specialize in this field. ESA Doctors only works with top administration teams, licensed mental health professionals, and support teams that understand the need for an ESA as outlined by the Air Carrier Access Act and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Can you qualify for an ESA letter online?

Yes, you may qualify for an ESA letter online thanks to modern technology. As technology brings us closer together, it has also made health, care, and awareness more and more accessible. Each state may have their own rules so make sure you work with a knowledgeable person that can assist you with your needs.

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How to qualify for an ESA letter

  • Step #1 – Complete the ESA Questionnaire
  • Step #2 – Provide consent to the LMHP that is paired with you. They may contact you to schedule a call or email you with additional questions.
  • Step #3 – If you qualify, you will receive a digital copy of your ESA letter for immediate use.
  • Step #4 – Submit your ESA letter to the airline or to your landlord for approval. Some airlines and landlords will have their own document they require completed or special language they would like in included in the ESA letter. We recommend contacting them well ahead of time so you have time to process any special requests.

Where can I use my ESA letter?

If you are flying in and out of the United States, you can use your ESA letter to fly with your emotional support animal. Make sure to read up on each airline’s policy and procedures.

If you are looking for housing for you and your ESA, you can submit your ESA letter to your landlord or homeowners association. Emotional support animals are allowed access to their handler’s home, even if the apartment or HOA rules do not allow pets.

I found an ESA Registration site that says they will give me a letter, is that right?

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ESA Registration sites are not recognized by the law and they will not allow you to travel or live with your dog. Only an ESA letter will qualify your dog as a legitimate Emotional Support Animal.

No, as mentioned earlier and should be emphasized again, ESA registration is not required.

If a company is offering you registration along with a letter, we would advise proceeding with caution. Registration is not required by law and does not make your pet an ESA.

In addition, please also be wary of seeking support from discounted referral companies. If it’s too good to be true, it’s often because it is. Low-cost discount referral companies can either be an ESA letter mill or work with a professional who is not in good standing. Either way, it is better to be safe than be turned away at the airport for an illegitimate letter.

My landlord is requesting I register my ESA, what should I do?

Unfortunately, there are some landlords who are not well versed in ESA regulations. If your landlord requests that you register your ESA, what should you do?

  1. The first step is to inform them that ESA Registration is not required by law.
  2. The second step is to share with them your ESA letter.
  3. The third step is to explain to your landlord that you did not register your ESA. Instead, you have certified your ESA by obtaining an ESA Letter provided by a licensed mental health professional. It is important to remain calm, but persistent.

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For more helpful articles on Emotional Support Animals –

Can a Landlord Deny an Emotional Support Animal?

Flying with Emotional Support Dog Questions