Service Dog Laws Rhode Island

Rhode Island Service Dog Laws



Rhode Island law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or disabled person or trainer or puppy raiser 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 Trainer Rights

Every trainer or puppy raiser of a personal assistance animal shall have the same rights and privileges as disabled persons


Entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations . . . shall not be required to pay extra compensation . . . shall be liable for any damage done to the premises


Full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges on any public conveyance operated on land or water or in the air, . . . or any stations and terminals thereof, not limited to taxis, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, street cars, boats and in any educational institution . . . and in places of public resort, accommodation, assemblage or amusement, not limited to hotels, lodging places, restaurants, theater and in all other places to which the general public is invited

Register & Certify Your Service Dog in Rhode Island

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


Sam Nelson

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