Service Dog Laws West Virginia


General

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West Virginia law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, mentally 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’ Rights

Rights, privileges and responsibilities provided by this section also apply to any person who is certified as a trainer of a service animal.

Identification of a Service Dog

Not required to be licensed or certified by a state or local government, nor shall there be any requirement for the specific signage or labeling of a service animal

Accessibility

Full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, restaurants, professional offices for health or legal services, hospitals, other places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places, including places of employment, to which the general public is
invited

Register & Certify Your Service Dog in West Virginia

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