Service Animal Travel By Using Animal Letter

How to qualify intended for an Emotional Support Animal

If you have an emotional disability, you can with permission qualify for an ESA, short for emotional support animal. You must be certified as emotionally disabled by a psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist or other duly-licensed and/or certified mental health professional. This certification should be a formal and properly formatted letter.

Any other kind of doctor – a cardiologist, for occurrence – does not quality as a mental health professional because unlike a psychiatrist, other medical doctors are not specialists in mental health. Some property managers of apartments and airlines, however, accept authentication forms filled out by a family physician. Ensure that you have the correct authority that writes the letter for you.


The emotional support animal letter should be in print on the mental health specialized letter head, include his or her authorizes type, date of license, certify number, and the state which issued the license. Moreover, it should have the date when it was written. A sample of the request letter can be viewed at the official Psychological Disability Service Center for Mental Health Law, but there are other websites that have the same kind of samples which you may prefer.

What the Letter must restrain

Your letter must contain some details which will inform the recipient that you are:

A current long-suffering of the signing mental health professional.

Under this mental health professional care and treatment of your disability which is described in the Diagnostic and Statistical physical (DSM) of Mental Disorders description IV or V.

Significantly limited in performing or participating in at least one of life’s major activities because of your disability.

Being arranged an ESA as an integral part for the treatment of your current condition.

The ESA letter must be dated no soon after than a year from the date of your departure.

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