Service Dog Laws in Montana


General

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Montana law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or disabled person or trainer to all public accommodations and 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.

Service Dog Trainers

A person who is training a service animal is entitled to the same rights and assumes the same responsibilities granted to a person with a disability.

Identification

For the purposes of this section, a service animal in training that is a dog shall wear a leash, collar, cape, harness, or backpack that identifies in writing that the dog is a service animal in training. Other service animals in training must also be identifiable by written identification as a service animal in training. The written identification for service animals in training must be visible and legible from a distance of at least 20 feet.

Housing

A person with a disability who has a service animal or who obtains a service animal is entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations
The person with a disability may not be required to pay extra compensation for the service animal but is liable for any damage done to the premises by the service animal

Register & Certify Your Service Dog in Montana

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