Psychiatric Service Dog Letter


See if you qualify for a PSD letter from a licensed professional.

We have partnered with a leading online platform to offer you a PSD letter service. You will work directly with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) who specializes in assistance animals.

  • Get paired remotely with an LMHP who will determine whether you qualify for a PSD Letter
  • Simple, convenient, and private process
  • If, for any reason, your assigned LMHP cannot assist you, you will be eligible for a full refund


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1) Add PSD and Handler Info

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What is a Psychiatric Service Dog Letter? 

What it is: A Psychiatric Service Dog letter (PSD letter) provides peace of mind and backup documentation for your condition and service dog. PSD owners must be able to represent that they have a trained psychiatric service dog for their disability (meaning, they are responsible for any claims made as to the service status of their dog). For air travel with your PSD, PSD owners are required to make self-certifications on a federal form regarding their qualification for a psychiatric service dog

What it contains: If you qualify, you will be issued a signed letter stating the licensed professional’s opinion on whether you have an eligible disability and whether a service dog alleviates this condition. The letter is signed by the provider and contains their license and contact information. 

Defining service dogs: Note that a dog is not fully qualified to be a PSD until it is fully trained to perform a task relating to the handler’s disability. The specialized training is the responsibility of the handler (or a professional trainer to whom the handler has assigned that responsibility). A fully trained psychiatric service dog has the following rights:

  • Accommodation without charge or deposits in no-pets buildings
  • The ability to board the cabin of planes without fees
  • Public access rights to places like stores, restaurants, and public venues

How to get a PSD letter

  1. Connect with an LMHP

    Find a licensed mental healthcare professional licensed in your state to start the assessment process. They should be able to talk about your mental health and be knowledgeable about service dogs as part of treatment plans. You can consult with someone online (here) or in person. 

  2. Complete an assessment with your LMHP

    Work with your LMHP to discuss whether you have a qualifying disability under the ADA. Be open about your mental health issues and discuss how a service animal might serve your needs.

  3. Request a PSD letter

    If your healthcare professional believes you have a qualifying condition, ask them to provide you with a signed PSD letter documenting their assessment. It should also include the LMHP’s license number, issuance date, state, letterhead, and the letter itself should be dated.

FAQs: Certificates and IDs

Do I qualify for a PSD letter?

In order to qualify for a psychiatric service dog (PSD), you must meet the criteria for having a mental or emotional health disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). A licensed healthcare professional can help determine whether you are eligible and provide a signed PSD letter if you qualify. Conditions that may qualify for a PSD letter include:
• Chronic depression
Severe anxiety
• Phobias 
• Learning disorders 
• Autism
• Bipolar disorder
• Mood disorders

How do I train a psychiatric service dog? Do I need a trainer?

For a dog to be fully qualified as a psychiatric service animal under the ADA and ACAA, your PSD must be fully trained to perform a task or job relating to the handler’s disability. You, the handler, can do that training without the assistance of a professional trainer. Professional trainers and organizations are available that can train a dog if you are unable to train the dog yourself. Per ADA and ACAA guidelines, it is perfectly acceptable to self-train a PSD.

How can someone verify that I have a legitimate psychiatric service dog?

To verify that you have a psychiatric service dog, third parties are allowed to ask you two questions:

1. Is the service dog required because of a disability?
2. What work or job has the service animal been trained to perform?

They are not allowed to ask you to demonstrate the dog’s task or request specific details regarding your disability. You do not need to present a registration, certificate, or any other documentation. The exception is air travel, where you will need to complete and submit the DOT Air Travel Form prior to your flight. 

What documents do I need to fly with a psychiatric service dog?

For flights within, to, and from the US, the only document you need to fly with a psychiatric service dog is the DOT’s Service Animal Air Transportation Form. You must submit this form to your airline before boarding a flight with your PSD. The DOT form requires you to self-certify that you have a trained service dog that assists with a disability. You do not need to submit a PSD letter to the airline – the PSD letter is intended to assist you in your ability to make the representations regarding your mental health disability in the federal DOT form. There are penalties for making false representations on the DOT form, so it’s important that you are making true statements.

Airlines must accommodate passengers with psychiatric service dogs free of charge. PSDs are exempt from weight and size restrictions that apply to normal pets (non-assistance animals). 

If you would like, you may register your Psychiatric Service Dog but note that this is not a requirement.

Can my emotional support animal be a psychiatric service dog?

An emotional support animal can be trained to become a psychiatric service dog, but it’s important to remember that they are not the same thing. ESAs and PSDs help with the same types of mental and emotional health illnesses, but a PSD must be trained to perform a task relating to the handler’s disability. If the PSD is not task-trained or the owner has no need for tasks performed by a dog that relate to their disability, then the animal cannot qualify as a psychiatric service dog.

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Service Dog Vest

Our vest is padded for your dog’s comfort, sturdy and water resistant. Made out of high density poly-coated fabric, this vest offers unrivaled strength and durability. The vest features a welded ring to attach a leash and comes with “Service Dog” and “Do Not Pet” patches. Available in two variants. All sizes in inches. (How to measure your dog?)

Service Dog Cape-style Vest

Size XS*
chest size: 11-17 inches

Size S
chest size: 17-20 inches

*Extra Small vests do not include an ID card holder or handle

Reflective Service Dog Harness Vest

Size M
chest size: 21-28 inches

Size L
chest size: 28-36 inches

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