You are required to have a letter from a mental health professional who is licensed in the state you live, and recommends that you have an emotional support animal (ESA) for your condition. You may be asked to present this letter by airline staff when flying, by your landlord when renting or a condo association when buying, by your boss if you bring your ESA to work, or upon entering a business or other public establishment.
Support Dogs of Florida does offer an "add on" feature for customers who may be asked to supply more detailed information from officials beyond the scope of the prescription letter(s). This "Release of Information Letter" grants your Support Dog of Florida therapist permission to provide these officials with more information should they require it.
GET STARTED WITH AN OFFICIAL ESA PRESCRIPTION LETTER...
Official Prescription Letter required for you to have an emotional support animal.
This letter cannot be substituted for the Official Prescription Travel Letter or the Official Prescription Housing Letter.
Official Prescription Letter required for you to have an emotional support animal AND an Official Prescription Travel Letter required by airlines to take your ESA onboard a flight without paying the additional pet fee.
Official Prescription Letter required for you to have an emotional support animal AND an Official Prescription Housing Letter required for "no pets" housing.
Official Prescription Letter required for you to have an emotional support animal, AND Official Prescription Travel Letter required by airlines to take your ESA onboard a flight without paying the additional pet fee, AND Official Prescription Letter required for "no pets" housing.
This letter authorizes your therapist to provide officials with more information when needed. Some officials may require more detailed information about your ESA beyond the scope of the prescription letter(s).
What happens After you make your purchase?
After payment is made, you will promptly receive a confirmation email with instructions on completing our questionnaire prior to your telephone appointment with our Florida licensed therapist. And you're on your way!
Being able to identify your emotional support dog or other animal to the public makes life much easier for you and your animal.
In general, people are familiar and comfortable with dogs in vests as a way of letting others know when a person is visually impaired or blind. However, if the dog has no vest, dog owners may find themselves having to explain that the dog is an emotional support animal. People including business owners and others are less likely to ask for proof if the dog is wearing a vest. Vests are available for purchase online through various merchants (ie."vests for emotional support animals" or "vests for assistance animals"). Then if business owners and others ask for proof, the ESA owner may show the official prescription letter.
This is a legal and required letter from an authorized Florida mental health professional stating that you have met all requirements necessary to have an emotional support animal (ESA).
Suggestion: Call the airlines well ahead of your flight to give them a heads up that you’ll have an ESA with you. This gives them time to make appropriate accommodations for your ESA. Advanced notice to the airlines is smart and keeps their errors to a minimum. Remember that international flights into foreign countries may require quarantine of your animal. Please check with your airline.
Warning of Fraud: You do not need to register your animal with any service or company. The legal requirement is for the owner to be authorized, not the animal. Click here for more information regarding legalities.
We have the best customers in Florida and some of them have allowed us to share their own experiences. Be sure to read more about our Support Dogs of Florida family.
According to Florida law, "a person who knowingly and willfully misrepresents herself or himself, through conduct or verbal or written notice, as using a service animal and being qualified to use a service animal or as a trainer of a service animal commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083 and must perform 30 hours of community service for an organization that serves individuals with disabilities, or for another entity or organization at the discretion of the court, to be completed in not more than 6 months." - 2016 Florida Statutes, 413.08 (9).