Service Dog Laws & Information in Alabama

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Definition of Service Animal in Alabama


the term service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.

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 Alabama law requires that a specially trained dog be allowed to accompany a blind or deaf person to all public accommodations and on all common carriers. Extra charges cannot be made due to the presence of the dog, but if the dog causes damage to the premises, the dog user is liable.


Every person employed by an accredited school for training guide dogs shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog in training in any of the places without being required to pay an extra charge for the dog


People with service dogs have full and equal access to housing in Alabama, as are other members of the general public. They shall not be required to pay extra compensation for a service dog, but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by the dog.




People with service dogs have the same right as the able-bodied to full use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities and other public places . . . full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.

Register & Certify Your Service Dog in Alabama

The truth is that you are not legally required to register or certify a service dog in Alabama or any other state in the US. (*exception: New York City service dogs must be licensed by the city’s Department of Health). Service dogs are protected under the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act. Registration and certification is possible – but completely optional – and does not convey any legal rights under the ADA or the Department of Justice.  Read more here:

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A Day in the Life of a Service Dog

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Find a Service Dog in Alabama

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Service Dogs Alabama is a nonprofit organization that provides these types of dogs:

  • Medical
  • Psychiatric

Service Dogs Alabama is committed to helping:

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Veterans
  • Schools

Service Dogs Alabama is dedicated to providing medical and psychiatric assistance dogs to children, adults, and Veterans with disabilities and School Dogs trained to assist educators and counselors with student interventions that create drama-free classrooms.

In the process of fulfilling our Mission, SDA rescues 50+ dogs a year, rehabilitates 50+ inmates a year who train our dogs in prison, changes the course of the lives of children, adults and Veterans with disabilities, and alters classroom dynamics.

Sam Amy Nelson

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

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