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National Service Animal Registry

National Service Animal Registry has been the USA's best service dog registry since 2009, assisting thousands of clients with service animal certification and service dog training education. Our knowledgeable staff are experts in areas of federal law and the protections afforded to disabled persons and their emotional support animals (ESA) and service dogs. We understand that service animals play an important role in many peoples' lives, which is why we've made it our mission to educate others about service dog training and registration.

Our service dog registry is committed to helping the disabled enjoy the benefits of a service dog or ESA by providing educational services, easy service dog certification, and minimizing embarrassing confrontations. It's not difficult to qualify for effective, legitimate service animal registration.

Join the many thousands of satisfied National Service Animal Registry clients and assist the approval process for no-pet housing approval with no fee by taking advantage of NSAR's service dog certification.

Other benefits of using America's best service dog registry include reduced stress when your service dog or emotional support animal fly in the cabin of an aircraft with you and not pay a fee. You can also have your service dog accompany you in restaurants, grocery stores, the mall, taxis, and buses. 

Whether you're eager to learn more about the service animal certification process or you have any questions about getting your dog registered, we're happy to help in any way we can.


How to Make Your Dog a Service Dog

Our pets truly depend on us, and an increasing number of people have discovered that they depend on their dogs, cats, and other animals for help, too! We'll show you just how quick and easy service dog registration is! We'll also show you how ESA registration can help you keep your dog, cat, or other animal for free in a "no-pet" apartment, house, or condo. Some dogs are trained to perform important tasks for us that we either can't — or have great difficulty performing for ourselves. If this is something your dog does, then you can use NSAR's easy service dog registration process to legitimize your dog! Many of our dogs and cats calm our anxieties, lift our spirits, and help us function more normally on a day-to-day basis. They serve as emotional support animals for us. You can formalize your pet as an emotional support animal by using our ESA registration process.If you have a physical and/or emotional need that is made better by your pets' presence or because it helps perform a task for you, then you're considered disabled, and we can easily show you how to make your dog a service dog (or qualify with our ESA registration). There are federal laws designed to prevent you from being discriminated against, and to allow your registered service dog to accompany you in public — even when pets are not allowed. You are also permitted to live in housing with your registered service dog or your registered ESA when pets are not allowed - and with NO FEE. 




If a person is physically or psychiatrically impaired (disabled) and has an individually trained service dog to perform a major life task that the person has trouble performing for him or herself, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 requires the landlord/property manager to make a reasonable accommodation to their policies and allow the tenant to have service dog. There are no exclusions, based on the breed or animal weight.That means if the property manager has a "cats only" policy, they must accept your service dog. If they have a policy that allows dogs weighing no more than 30 lbs. and your service dog weighs 75 lbs., they must make a change in the rules to accommodate you. If they accept all dogs, except pit bulls, and you have a pit bull, they must allow your pit bull to reside with you.Property managers/landlords are NOT required to make a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act for Service Dogs in these cases:

  • Buildings with 4 or less units where the landlord occupies one of the units
  • Single family housing sold or rented without a real estate broker
  • Hotels and Motels are not considered dwellings under the FHA but are considered places of public accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Private Clubs

Verification May Be Required by Property Managers

Although federal law (Fair Housing Act) requires landlords and property managers to accommodate your service dog, they can require a short verification form to be completed by your physician confirming your disability. Despite how much the property manager/landlord does NOT want your service dog, federal law requires him/her to make a reasonable accommodation in the rules. If they don't, they are discriminating against a disabled person and are in violation of federal law.Click here to view an important document from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development that addresses this issue (see the 3rd page, second column).

Examples and Specific Rules

So how do Fair Housing laws apply to real life situations? Here are some examples:John has been diagnosed with severe PTSD and is disabled as defined by the Fair Housing Act. His doctor prescribes John a dog to help lead John away from overly stressful situations. John asks his landlord if he can have the dog as a reasonable accommodation for his disability. His landlord says yes, but tells John he'll need to pay a $250 pet deposit and must provide proof that the animal is trained.Question: Did John's landlord correctly handle John's request under the Fair Housing Act?Answer: No, John's landlord did not handle his request correctly. The landlord cannot charge John a pet deposit for his animal because it is not a pet, but rather a trained service dog required for his psychiatric impairment. Further, the landlord cannot ask for proof that the animal is trained.Landlords cannot:

  • Ask a tenant to pay a deposit, fee, or surcharge in exchange for having a service dog, even if they require such a practice from owners who wish to obtain pets in their dwelling.
  • Require the service dog to wear or carry any special collar, harness, vest, emblem, or other means of identifying it as such.
  • Inquire about the extent of the disability, or ask for detailed medical records for the individual requesting the service dog.
  • Refuse to accommodate you and your animal because their insurance policy won't allow a particular breed or animal weight. They are still subject to the law.


  • A person with a disability may, however, be charged for damages caused to the premises by their service dog.
  • A disabled person who does not properly manage his/her unruly, destructive, aggressive, or disturbance causing dog can be legally evicted.

What to Do When a Property Manager Refuses to Comply

  • Failure to accommodate a physically or psychiatrically impaired person is a violation of federal law and can be successfully sued AND the landlord/property manager financially penalized by the U.S. Justice Dept. because it is considered discrimination against a disabled person. Something the government takes seriously.
  • Clients are encouraged to make sure the landlord or property manager are clearly aware of the law and consequences to help them avoid prosecution and punitive damages. Most are in violation simply because they do not know the law.
  • A client can report the landlord/property manager to the U.S. Justice Dept. and file a complaint for discrimination.
  • A client may sue the landlord/property manager for discrimination.
  • You'll need to be prepared to reinforce your position and case with supplemental documentation from a physician that verifies your need for the animal.

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The Air Carrier Access Act 49 U.S.C. 41705, Dept. of Transportation 14 C.F.R. Part 382, Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 are the laws that protect an emotionally disabled person and his/her ESA.

The legal protections an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) has are to:

  • Fly with its emotionally or psychologically disabled handler in the cabin of an aircraft without being charged a pet fee. Click herefor detailed information on Flying with Your Emotional Support Animal.
  • Qualify for no-pet housing (that also includes limited size, breed, or species housing) without being charged a pet fee. Click herefor detailed information on Housing Rights For You And Your ESA.
  • No other public or private entity (motels, restaurants, stores, trains, taxis, busses, theatres, parks, beaches, libraries, zoos, etc.) is required to allow your ESA to accompany you and in all other instances, your ESA has no more rights than a pet. That means they aren't protected by law to accompany you into any public place that does not allow pets. That doesn't mean these places won't let you, it just means that they are not required to, by law.


Service Dog

A service dog is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service dogs.

Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

An emotional support animal (ESA) is a pet that provides companionship to a person who suffers from symptoms of a mental or emotional disability. ESA's are considered "treatment" for Nearly all domestic pets qualify.



Registration is a way to formally legitimize your service dog, emotional support animal (ESA), or therapy animal. This enables anyone to verify you and your animal as registered and legitimate on our online national database.

Federal law doesn't require your service dog or emotional support animal to wear any special apparel or ID tags. But without some of these on your animal, confrontation and refusal by store employees, restaurants, security personnel, park rangers, etc. will be the norm - not the exception. And NO one needs that!

For some reason, if employees don't see these identifying items on your service dog or ESA, they automatically assume your animal is just a pet, and it's often difficult for them to think beyond that. Good luck trying to convince the young, untrained employee or mall security person that your service dog or ESA is NOT a pet.

NSAR will help you minimize these embarrassing confrontations and rejections by offering you official registered ID cards, service vests with patches, service leashes, and service collars. These accessories work!

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