ESA Certification in Arizona

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 05/01/22 •  3 min read
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ESA Certification in Arizona

Do You Know What Emotional Support Animal Is?

You may have heard the term “Emotional Support Animal” or “ESA” in the news.

Many people confuse Emotional Support Animals with therapy animals. They are two different things. An Emotional Support Animal is a type of animal that provides emotional support to a person with a disability. They are trained to be there for you when you need them most, but not for any other reason. A therapy animal, on the other hand, is an animal that is used by people who are disabled as part of their treatment plan. Therapy animals do not provide emotional support; they simply help to soothe and heal their handlers’ emotional and mental well-being.

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Do You Qualify For An Emotional Support Animal?

We help people get the proper documentation to make their pet an official Emotional Support Animal. Online approval in minutes - Housing & Travel letters.

For those who have a mental or emotional disability, an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) can be a very helpful animal. However, they are not covered under any of the federal legislation except in housing and are not legally allowed to fly in the cabin of an airplane unless meeting specific requirements.

For this reason, Arizona law provides protection for those who require emotional support animals. In addition, the law provides that you can take your ESA with you when you travel outside of Arizona, but only if it is properly licensed and has been trained by professionals.

The Arizona ESA Certification Process

In order to be certified as an Emotional Support Animal in Arizona, there are several steps that must be followed:

Getting an emotional support animal certification is expensive. Online services usually charge around $100 to $200 per animal. The good news is, you don’t actually need that certification to bring your animal into a “no pet” housing facility. As long as you can provide a letter from a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist, you can be free from pet fee or pet deposit.

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Do You Qualify For An Emotional Support Animal?

We help people get the proper documentation to make their pet an official Emotional Support Animal. Online approval in minutes - Housing & Travel letters.

Emotional Support Animal Registration in Arizona

Just like acquiring certification is not necessary, getting your animal registered in the government database is also not required. With an ESA letter, you can do what you are allowed to do under federal law with your emotional support animal.

How to Use an Emotional Support Animal in Arizona

As mentioned earlier, it is very important that you follow the Emotional Support Animal rules in Arizona. It is also important that you inform other people who might have an issue with your ESA.

For example, you cannot take your animal into any restaurant where there are no pets allowed. Also, you cannot take your animal into a movie theater or any other public place where pets are not allowed. If there is no way to avoid these situations, it is best to stay away from them altogether.

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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