Service Dog Laws in Michigan


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Michigan law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or physically limited person or trainer to all public accommodations and common carriers.


A person, except a person who is deaf, audibly impaired, or otherwise physical limited shall not use or be in possession of a dog that is wearing a blaze orange leash and collar or harness in any public place.


Harness (Guide Dog); blaze orange leash and collar, Cape
(Hearing Dog); blaze orange leash and collar or backpack
(Service Dog); ID card required


Any place of public or private housing, accommodation, amusement, or recreation, including but not limited to any inn, hotel, motel, apartment building, trailer park, restaurant, barbershop, billiard parlor, store, public conveyance on land or water, theater, motion picture house, public or private educational institution, or elevator.

Register & Certify Your Service Dog in Michigan

The truth is that you are not legally required to register or certify a service dog in Michigan 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:

Service Dog Registration & Certification in the US – The Truth Opens in a new tab.

Sam Amy Nelson

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

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