Disability Confirmation for Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
The first step to register your animal as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is simple and requires you to confirm that you qualify as a person with some type of emotional or psychological disability, based on the information below.
Although you do not need to specify your particular disability, just click the box below to confirm that you qualify.
The ADA defines "emotional/psychological disability" very broadly and does not limit the type of disability for which an emotional support animal can be used. The essence of the law states that if you have any emotional or psychological condition that prevents you from performing normally on a day to day basis, then you are qualified.
Note: To be accompanied in the cabin of an aircraft by your ESA at no charge, airline companies require that you have a properly written letter from a licensed therapist, counselor, or in some cases, physician, which states that you are emotionally disabled and require an ESA as part of your treatment. Property managers, landlords, and HOAs may also require some sort of verification for you to qualify for no pet, limited weight of pet, and/or restricted species/breed pet housing.
If you have no therapist or your therapist is unwilling to write such a letter, we recommend using Chilhowee Psychological Services; a licensed and legitimate mental health agency who specializes in online disability assessments and offers a letter of prescription to clients who qualify: www.cptas.com.
Partial List of Qualified Disabilities:
- Age-Related Cognitive Decline
- Any Psychiatric Condition (see exclusions below)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Emotionally Overwhelmed
- Fear of Flying
- Panic Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Separation Anxiety
- Social and other Phobias
- Stress Problems
Exclusions to the Qualified Disability Definition
Neither deviant behavior (e.g., political, religious, or sexual) nor conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are mental disorders unless the deviance or conflict is a symptom of a dysfunction in the individual. According to Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, current or future interpretation of psychological disabilities excludes common personality traits such as poor judgment or a quick temper.