“Join the movement! Get instant registration status for your Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal. Promote education, access, and equality, and proudly use your registration certificate when asked about status documentation.” – SARC Mission
What does the Service Animal Registry of California do?
The Service Animal Registry of California promotes education, access, and equality. The Service Animal Registry of California is also a registry where owners of Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals can easily and quickly register the status of their animal online. Landlord and business owners may access the database to confirm whether an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal has been previously registered with the Service Animal Registry of California.
What are service animals?
Service Animals are animals that have been trained to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities. Service Animals may also be referred to as “assistance animals,” “assist animals,” “support animals,” or “helper animals”
In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a Service Animal as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.” Besides the ADA, Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals are also addressed in other Federal statutes, including the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA). California law differs in some respects and provides ADDITIONAL definitions and protection. For example, in California, an Emotional Support Animal is an animal that provides comfort or support for a person with a disability, but does not have any individualized training to perform work or tasks.
While registration is not mandatory under law, many owners of Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals find it helpful to register their animal as an additional way to designate their animal’s special status. Many landlords and business owners request to see registration paperwork, and even though such paperwork is not required under law, it is often easier to provide the requester with a registration document rather than argue the point or attempt to educate the person.
Why is registering my Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal with the Service Animal Registry of California the BEST choice? Can it be used in non-California states?
CALIFORNIA SPECIFIC, BUT WITH NATION-WIDE VALIDITY IN 50 STATES
First, the information on this site is CALIFORNIA specific. Many other registries are national and fail to adequately include reference to California laws, and instead focus only on Federal laws. California’s state-specific laws may in some cases EXPAND your rights under Federal law. For example, not all states recognize Emotional Support Animals, but California’s laws do. Your Service Animal Registry of California registration certificate is valid in all 50 states in the U.S.A. Just like a driver’s license issued in one state yet recognized in other states, you can use your Service Animal Registry of California registration certificate outside of California by asking landlords and business owners to honor your animal’s status when traveling or living out of state.
Second, unlike many of the other registries, registration is a LIFETIME registration. With the Service Animal Registry of California, the Service Animal is registered for the LIFE of that Service Animal, unlike the registries which require annual or monthly renewals. And as a special added BONUS, you may register up to TWO Service Animals under each registration (for the same disabled handler), saving you money if you have two Service Animals.
NO REQUIRED “MERCHANDISE”
Many registries require that you purchase various harnesses, buttons, cards, vests, patches, tags, educational handouts, collars and other unnecessary accessories in order to register your service animal, increasing your cost and forcing you to purchase unwanted merchandise. NONE of these accessories are required under law, and you are NOT required to purchase a single accessory with your Service Animal Registry of California registration. If you want to purchase such accessories, we provide links to these OPTIONAL retail items.
The Service Animal Registry of California operates with the following guiding principles: Promoting ACCESS under the law to all disabled persons, and providing EDUCATION to the public about Service Animal laws.
Under those principles of access and education, the registration fee is priced to promote access and equality at an affordable cost. The total fee is only $38.87 for registration of up to TWO (2) animals, for the LIFETIME of both animals. There are NO added fees, NO hidden costs, NO renewal charges, NO surprise shipping fees, and NO mandatory accessory purchases. Scroll down now to register today!
We are able to keep the registration fee low by delivering your certificate in electronic form as a PDF file.
You will receive your Registration Certificate as an instant download, as well as a BONUS Landlord and Business Owner Letter you may use for your housing applications and when accessing businesses. You may print as many copies of each as you need, at no additional charge. Save the PDF files to your computer for future use!
In addition, educational materials such as general information for public distribution and articles are posted on the Service Animal Registry of California website free of charge, available to landlords, business owners, and the general public.
FAST & EASY ONLINE REGISTRATION
Registration is fast, easy, and instant. Due to online delivery, there are NO shipping delays. There are also NO lengthy surveys, and NO photo of the service animal is required for registration. Please take a moment to read the important information at the bottom of this page, and register today!
YES! By clicking below, I hereby affirm, certify and represent that the animal(s) I am registering meet(s) the definition and criteria for an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal in the State of California [click here to view criteria].
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