Service Dog Laws in New Mexico

New Mexico Service Dog Laws



New Mexico law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or physically 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.


A person convicted under this section may be ordered to pay restitution, including the cost of veterinary bills and replacement and training costs of the service animal, if required as a result of the violation

Service Dog Trainers

Same rights as disabled person


Qualified assistance animal shall be admitted to any building open to the public and to all public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, swimming pools, stores, common carriers and theaters; provided that the qualified assistance animal is under the control of a person with a disability or a trainer of assistance animals. No person shall be required to pay any additional charges for his qualified assistance animal, but shall be liable for any damage done by his qualified assistance animal


Register & Certify Your Service Dog in New Mexico

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


Service Animal Registration Not Necessary

Sam Nelson

Sam Nelson is an experienced writer, advocate for people with disabilities and mental health, dog lover, artist, philosopher, and generally complicated human being.

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