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Fill up a simple form and submit it on Portal
Click on the apply now button and Fill up a simple form mentioning your and your pet details. Don’t forget to mention your medical condition in the form.
Get Evaluated by a state-licensed health professional.
Once you submit the form, a state Licensed health professional will evaluate your PSD dog letter application from the details you mentioned in your form.
Receive your PSD letter via email instantly

If the doctor approves your disability, we will send your PSD letter to your email. You can download or print your letter and show it to the landowner or Airline.

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How to Fly With Your Psychiatric Service Dog?

If you are booking a flight in advance at least 2 days before the departure, the airline will demand you to fill;

U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form.

In the U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form, you have to fill following information;

  • Your name and contact details
  • Animal handler name and details (if the animal handler is another person)
  • Your PSD name and basic description
  • PSD health details
  • Details of animal trainer(Describe your name if you have self-trained your PSD)
  • Confirmation that you will be liable if your animal misbehaved and caused any damage

If the flight has longer than eight hours of travel, you will also need to submit “U.S. Department of Transportation Relief Attestation Form

In the U.S. Department of Transportation Relief Attestation Form, you have to fill following information;

Your name and contact details
Animal handler name and details (if the animal handler is another person)
Flight details
Animal’s name and details
Information regarding how will your animal will relieve itself
Confirmation that you will be liable if your animal misbehaved and caused any damage
Finally, You need to sign the forms and submit them online on the website’s portal while booking your flight.

If you are late and book a flight in less than 48 hours from departure, you can submit the form at the time of flight departure at the airline’s check-in counter. For more information, you can contact airlines and ask your query.

Airport Check-In

If you have already submitted both the U.S. Department of Transportation Service Animal Air Transportation Form and Relief Attestation Form online, airlines will proceed with;

“Service Dog Determination”

Otherwise, you have first to submit the mandatory earlier described forms so that airline staff can proceed with the next step.

Although, no one, even the airline staff, can ask about the details of your disability, as it would be an obvious act of discrimination. Still, the airline staff can ask you questions like;

  • Is the dog needed because of your disability?
  • Is your dog trained exactly to perform what type of work or task?

It would help if you gave reasonable answers for each query. Otherwise, psychiatric service dog airlines can deny your PSD for flying.

Still, in no case the airlines cannot;

  • Ask questions about your disability,
  • Ask your dog to perform a task that it has been trained for,
  • Treat you indifferent or make you feel less or isolated due to your disability,
  • And refuse your PSD even after following all the legal criteria.

However, with that being said, airline staff can examine that your PSD won’t misbehave and show some aggressive behavior that can harm other passengers. To ensure it, airline staff can observe the PSD response in situations like if the dog stays calm even, you put it off-leash and follow your basic instructions.

Note: You can self-train your dog too. It is not mandatory to train your dog from a specialized person or organization to verify it as a psychiatric service dog. A PSD letter is enough proof that your dog is a psychiatric service dog.

A person who is flying with their PSD should be aware of the following regulations stated by the U.S Department of Transportation.

  • A disabled individual can bring a maximum of up to two PSDs on the flight.
  • The PSD must be able to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft.
  • The PSD handler must keep their PSD harnessed, leashed, or tethered at the airport and the plane too.
  • Airlines can refuse PSD travel if the PSD shows aggressive behavior or seems to threaten the safety of other passengers or airline staff.
  • The Airlines cannot refuse Psychiatric service dog on airplane based on their breed.

Rules & Regulations For Flying With Your Psychiatric Service Dog

Air Carrier Access Act(ACAA)

The Air Carrier Access Act doesn’t allow airlines to discriminate against a person based on their disability. To make it more precise, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has even listed the regulations that cover the ACAA. As it is quite evident that the act is passed in the United States, it does not apply to all airlines worldwide. Therefore, the act solely covers the flights;

Departing from the United States of America to any other countries

Arriving in the United States of America from any other country

Registered in the United States of America irrespective of its departure and arrival destination (Excluding British Airways as they have their own rules and regulations regarding disabled patient’s rights)

The act strictly prohibits discrimination based on disability who have service animals to assist them. Earlier, the ACAA used to protect Emotional support animal owners too, but due to recent amendments in 2021, ACAA just covers service animals and psychiatric service dogs.

As per this act, the airlines are bound to follow the below regulations under 14 CFR 382.55 (a).

Airlines have to accept service animal ID cards or other legitimate written documents and allow their respective owners with their service animals on the flight.

Airlines have to allow service animals to accompany a qualified disabled person in any seat where the disabled patient sits. However, the rule won’t apply if the service animal sitting area could obstruct the emergency evaluation.

Airlines must provide necessary information related to “animals’ travel outside the continental United States” to all the passengers, including the service animal owners traveling outside the continental United States.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

To ensure that disabled patients can enjoy the same rights and opportunities as everyone in the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, and that came into action in 1990. ADA applies to all public areas like schools, transportation, offices, and other public or private places open to the general public. Unlike the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which illegalizes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, natural origin, and disability, the ADA solely protects disabled individuals.

Talking about the relation of ADA with service animals, the law clearly states;

“The Department of Justice continues to receive many questions about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals. The ADA requires State and local government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations (covered entities) that provide goods or services to the public to make “reasonable modifications” in their policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to accommodate people with disabilities. The service animal rules fall under this general principle. Accordingly, entities that have a “no pets” policy generally must modify the policy to allow service animals into their facilities.”

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Frequently Asked Question

What is a PSD dog?

A dog trained to assist its owner who suffers from a psychiatric, mental, or emotional disability is a psychiatric service dog(PSD) or psychiatric assistance dog. All the psychiatric disabilities mentioned in the American Disability Act(ADA) qualify a person to have a PSD letter Dog. Some of these disabilities are;

  • Severe Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Depression
  • PTSD-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Learning Disorders (Including ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Claustrophobia
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • And many more

What is a PSD Letter?

A document written and signed by a state-licensed health professional on official letterhead is called a Psychiatric service dog (PSD) letter. Any Licensed health medical practitioner, i.e., LHMP, can evaluate a patient for a PSD letter and approve them for the same.

A PSD letter doesn’t prove that the animal is trained to assist a disabled patient. Instead, it qualifies individuals who are mentally, emotionally, or psychiatrically disabled suitable to have a Psychiatric service dog. For that very reason, qualified individuals can apply for a PSD letter before, while, or even after training their dog as a service dog.

Who can write a PSD Letter?

As per laws, only an LMHP (Licensed mental health practitioner) can evaluate and approve the patient for a PSD dog letter. Here is the list of specialists that can assess a PSD forms application;

  • A licensed psychiatrist
  • A licensed psychologist
  • A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • A Licensed Behavioral Therapist
  • A Licensed Addiction Therapist
  • A Licensed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist
  • A licensed doctor qualified to conduct mental health assessments
  • A licensed Professional Counselor
  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Any Licensed Mental Health Professional

Only that health professional will evaluate you for a legitimate psychiatric service dog prescription letter that is licensed in the state where you reside.

How to make your dog a psychiatric service dog for flying?

Firstly, to make your dog a psychiatric service dog, you must have a qualifying psychiatric disability mentioned in ADA suitable to have a PSD. If your disability qualifies, a health professional will approve you for a PSD letter for flying. You can submit this PSD letter and other mandatory forms during airport check-in and fly with your PSD.
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Do I have to register my dog as a Psychiatric service animal? Is this legal under the ADA?

No. You don’t have to register your dog with your state or on any private site to certify it as your Psychiatric service animal. Laws don’t demand PSD owners to register their PSDs.

If you hold a legitimate PSD Letter signed by a licensed healthcare professional, it’s enough proof that you seek psychiatric or emotional benefits from your dog. No one can deny your PSD in any public place if you will show your PSD letter to managing authorities.

How to get a letter for a Psychiatric service dog?

To get a legitimate letter, you can apply on the Fast ESA Letter. We have a team of licensed health care professionals that are available to evaluate you for a Psychiatric service dog letter 24*7. Our process for PSD certification goes as;

Start the process by filling out an Online Medical form in which you will summarize your medical condition and your personal information.


Once you submit the Online Evaluation form, Our medical team will diagnose your medical condition. This process is completely online.


If the doctor approves you for an psychiatric service dog recommendation, you will receive a PSD Letter via email within 24 hours.

Who Qualifies for a Psychiatrics Service Dog?

As per the laws, a disability, whether psychiatric or emotional, that limits a person to perform everyday life activities is considered suitable for having a PSD letter Dog. Basically, all the psychiatric disabilities mentioned in the American Disability Act qualify one to have a PSD. Some of these medical conditions are;

  • Severe Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Depression
  • PTSD-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Learning Disorders (Including ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Claustrophobia
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • And many more

Can airlines ask for proof of service dog?

Yes, they can. That’s why you have to submit some essential forms for flying with a service dog.
Although submitting a PSD letter already confirms the airlines that your disability is eligible for flying with a psychiatric service dog. Still, laws demand disabled passengers to fill and submit;

The airline staff will be obliged to allow your PSD if you submit all these mandatory documents while booking your flight or during check-in.

Can individuals with disabilities be refused access to a facility based solely on the breed of their psychiatric service dogs?

No individuals with disabilities cannot be refused access to a facility based solely on their psychiatric service dog’s “breed.”
A breed cannot be the sole reason to deny a PSD. However, the PSD can be denied if;

  • It poses a threat to other people’s safety.
  • It has a history of showing threatening behavior to other people’s safety.
  • Its handler is finding it hard to control.

If any of the above cases is true, the PSD can be refused access to a facility. Yet, after the refusal, facility management has to provide all necessary services to the PSD owner without any discrimination.

For more queries, you can also check this link.

Does a disabled individual need a service vest or PSD letter to travel with their PSD?

ADA nor ACAA demands disabled patients to get a Service vest, ID tag, or specific harness in order to prove their dog as a PSD dog. However, having a psychiatric service animal letter, a.k.a PSD, can benefit a disabled patient.
If you will submit a PSD letter to the airline staff. In that case, the PSD letter itself will act as an authentic reply to the airline staff’s questions that they usually ask to allow your psychiatric service dog on the plane.

You can show this psychiatric dog certification letter at;

  • Airport Food Court
  • Airport Restaurant and cafes
  • Airport Showrooms and shops
  • Airport Check-in counter
  • On plane

And easily keep your dog with you all the time while traveling.

Although service animal vests can highlight your dog as a Service Animal in the crowd, still the vest won’t be enough proof for the airlines’ staff to verify your dog as an actual psychiatric service dog.

Do I need a professional trainer to train my PSD?

No, not at all. It is totally up to you. It is fine if you think you can train your dog at home. However, if you feel your disability demands your dog to obtain special training from professionals, you can get them trained from any service dog training organization.
As such, service dog airplanes cannot demand that you have to get your PSD dog trained by some professional trainer. Neither the airline staff can deny you from traveling with a service dog if it’s not professionally trained.

As per laws, self-trained PSD dogs can travel on aircraft if they are well behaved and their owners hold legitimate PSD letter.

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