Service Dog Laws New Hampshire


General

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New Hampshire 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

Service Dog Trainers

A hearing ear dog, guide dog, or service dog trainer, while engaged in the actual training process and activities of such dogs, shall have the same rights and privileges as are applicable to a ear or hearing impaired, blind or visually impaired, or mobility impaired person.

Misrepresentation

Unlawful

Identification

Leash and harness colored international orange (deaf/hearing impaired); leash and harness specifically designed (blind/visually impaired); leash colored blue and yellow (mobility impaired)

Housing

Any publicly assisted housing accommodation or any real property, or portion thereof, which is used or occupied, or is intended, arranged, or designed to be used or occupied, as the home, residence or sleeping place of one or more persons, but shall include any single family residence the occupants of which rent, lease, or furnish for compensation not more than one room therein.

Accessibility

The blind, and visually disabled, and the otherwise physically disabled have the same rights and privileges as the able-bodied to the full and free use of the facilities to be accompanied in such facilities by a guide dog, especially trained for the purpose, without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide dog, provided that such person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog.

Register & Certify Your Service Dog in New Hampshire

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