Registration for Service Dog

Registration for Service Dog is not required. While it is possible to register or certify a service dog, the truth is, there is no legitimate registration service, or official certification, required by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects and governs people who use service dogs).

There are many places offering a registration service (some on the internet); or ID, patches, backpacks, harness’, and other service dog identification equipment and paraphernalia; but this is completely optional.

Registration for Service Dog

Americans with Disabilities Act

  • People with disabilities have the right to train the dog themselves and are not required to use a professional service dog training program.
  • The ADA does not require service animals to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness.
  • Covered entities may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry.

  • Mandatory registration of service animals is not permissible under the ADA.

There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal.


ADA – Service Dogs FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Questions A Business Cannot Ask

Under law, staff cannot :

  • Ask about a disability –  nature or extent
  • Require documentation which proves that an animal is an assistance animal or trainee
  • Although you may provide documentation if you wish
  • Charge a fee or admission charge for an assistance or service animal

Questions A Business Can Ask

Staff may ask :

  • Is your animal a service animal?
  • What tasks has he been trained to perform?

Sam Amy Nelson

Sam Amy Nelson (she/her) is an advocate for people with disabilities and mental health.

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