Though there are benefits of registering online for your dog under the ESA certification. But it is not a must to obtain a ESA certification, though many registries offer this on their websites by putting your certification on their database for a fee. This will never give you a legal reprieve if you have a dispute with your landlord or the airlines. Hence it wise to say that you need not waste money on online registry but just get a official letter from your doctor.
The dog formally has to be certified, and it need not be an online registry. Even your therapist or psychiatrist can give a certification on an official letter head. If he/ she refuse to do so then you can go in for online registration. The online registration is very easy process of getting ESA certification for your dog with certain amount of fee. But first you have to verify the online registries because some of them after accepting money, you may never hear from they, it would be too late to realise you have been duped. There are chances that you also paying exorbitant fees for your emotional support dog certification. But it is on a considerable fee that is usually charged and not the handler to be burdened.
It would be advisable to check out whether the registry is legitimate and if you could talk to one of their representatives. It would nice even if you could call back when in doubt.
Is there a need for the dog to be formally certified in an online registry for ESA?
By law this certification will be documented and can be produced when you are confronted by the law. The law states that if the support dog is taken in cabs, other public transport, places of public outings, the support animal should be charged extra and they should not be denied entry in the premises.
With this registration being done you will avoid having to deal with ugly confrontations, unfair treatment and other obstacles. This certification will not only give the documentation but the some even provide photo-ids for the dogs, patches and registration database card. So, anybody can clarify that your dog is officially registered.
There is also an important the certification validity can last for only a year from the date of certification mentioned on the letter head. In certain places your ESA dog would also need its vaccines record and health records.
The ESA dog need have to compulsorily wear a tag or vest to suggest it to be a support animal. The handler need not give detailed explanation of the kind of ailment he/she suffers form to the airlines or the landlord as it is already mentioned in the certification. While checking in to the airport with your ESA dog, there will special vet booths for the animals that accompany them, the rules may vary from country to country.
The ESA certification only takes a few hours to process. The ‘no pet policy’ at many public places can be overturned by producing this certification w hen you carry your ESA dog.