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Emotional Support Animal Laws by State 2023

Emotional Support Animal Laws by State 2023

Emotional Support Animal Laws by State 2023

Notes:
- In all states, a letter from a licensed mental health professional is required to qualify an animal as an Emotional Support Animal.
- In states with legal exceptions, ESA animals are classified differently than common pets and may enjoy additional priviledges. In states without legal exceptions, ESAs enjoy the same priviledges as common pets.
- The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that protects people from housing discrimination due to factors including race, color, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. According to the FHA, landlords can request documentation that validates an animal as an ESA but cannot raise the rent of or refuse to rent to tenants who live with an ESA.

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State
Legal Exceptions
Species Allowed
Public Access
Airline Travel
AlabamaNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
AlaskaNoneAny speciesNo special accessOnly psychiatric assistance dog (PAD) (service dog)
ArizonaNoneAny speciesNo special accessVaries by airline
ArkansasNoneAny speciesNo special accessOnly psychiatric assistance dog (PAD) (service dog)
CaliforniaSomeAny speciesNo special accessNo
ColoradoNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
ConnecticutNoneMost domesticated speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
DelawareNoneAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
FloridaSomeAny speciesBarred from bars and restaurantsWith ESA letter depending of the airline
GeorgiaNoneAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
HawaiiSomeAny speciesNo special accessNo
IdahoSomeAny speciesNo special accessNo
IllinoisSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline
IndianaNoneAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
IowaNoneAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
KansasSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
KentuckyNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
LouisianaNoneMost domesticated speciesNo special accessNo
MaineSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline. Usually has extra charge.
MarylandSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline. Usually has extra charge.
MassachusettsNoneAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
MichiganSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterNo
MinnesotaNoneAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
MississippiNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
MissouriSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
MontanaSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterNo
NebraskaNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
NevadaSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline
New HampshireNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
New JerseyNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
New MexicoNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
New YorkSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline
North CarolinaSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
North DakotaSomeAny speciesNo special accessNo
OhioSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
OklahomaNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
OregonSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
PennsylvaniaSomeAny speciesYes with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline
Rhode IslandSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
South CarolinaSomeAny speciesNo special accessNo
South DakotaNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
TennesseeNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
TexasSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline
UtahSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline
VermontSomeAny speciesNo special accessWith ESA letter depending of the airline
VirginiaSomeAny speciesPossible in some places with ESA letterWith ESA letter depending of the airline
WashingtonNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
West VirginiaSomeAny speciesNo special accessNo
WisconsinNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
WyomingNoneAny speciesNo special accessNo
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Emotional Support Animal Laws by State 2023

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