What are some ways of obtaining a service dog certification for free?


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While websites such as United States Service Dog Registry Service Dog Registration of America offer free service dog registry, a certificate is not a requirement under Federal law and therefore ordering a certificate is an elective and paid service provided by a private company. There is no universally recognized service dog certificate or certification as of 2015. As per the Americans with Disabilities Act, a service animal owner has the right to be taken at his word without providing documentation.

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As it is unlawful to demand proof of an animal’s licensing, training or certification to work as a service dog, there is a provision to ask two questions of the person accompanied by the service animal: whether the animal is required due to a disability and what task the animal performs. A public entity does not have the right to ask about the specific nature of the disability of a person with a service dog.

A large number of companies employ service dog certification schemes, and charge a varying fee amount to provide a certificate for the animal. Some such companies include the Service Animal Registry of America, Service Dog Certification of America, American Service Dogs and the United Service Animal Registry.

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