Registering your dog as a Service Dog is not required by the U.S. government. The U.S. government does not operate or oversee any service dog registries. The laws governing service dogs are found under the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Service Dog registries are independent organizations dedicated to furthering the rights of service dogs and handlers. By registering you are declaring your dog a Service Dog. Service dogs do not have to be trained by a professional. You are permitted to train your own dog to suit your needs. The dog will not be tested.
The International Service Dog Registry (ISDR) provides membership in an organization of service dog owners. ISDR is a useful source for information concerning rights and practices. ISDR provides registration documents such as ID cards, certificates and equipment like vests, tags and leashes. These articles help identify the dog as a service dog when in public
Although not required by law, it is not unreasonable for establishments often unfamiliar with service dogs and the law to ask for some kind of documentation. Having your dog wear a Service Dog vest and providing ID make gaining entrance much easier and smoother. Laws do permit landlords, airline and other entities to ask for documentation.
It is all of our responsibility to insure that our service dogs are well behaved and never a nuisance or danger to the public. This will insure that the dogs we love will continue to be granted this privilege