New Law Means New Tools for People Who Use Service Animals
If you are a person with a disability who uses a trained service animal in Michigan, the State of Michigan now offers two new tools to help ensure you won't be denied access to businesses, schools and other public accommodations.
Register your service animal with the State of Michigan and you'll receive an official Registered Service Animal identification card for you, and a big, bold patch for your service animal. Registration is voluntary and there is no charge for this service.
For more information call 517-241-1344 or email MDCR-ServiceAnimals@michigan.gov.
Please check your eligibility for MDCR’s Voluntary Service Animal Identification Program by using the following criteria:
- The applicant listed has a disability for which a service animal is required.
- The service provided by the animal is not emotional support, companionship, therapy for others, and/or crime deterrence.
- The animal is fully trained, not a service animal-in-training.
- The animal is housebroken.
- The animal can be kept under their handler’s control at all times.
Be advised, those who register and/or represent an unqualified animal as a service animal or service animal-in-training are guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by one or more of the following:
- Imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
- A fine of not more than $500.00.
- Community service for not more than 30 days.
- Application Instructions
- Part 1 - Applicant and Service Animal Information (fillable)
- Part 2 - Statement of Licensed Healthcare or Rehabilitation Professional (fillable)
This document is to be provided by the applicant (service animal owner) to their licensed healthcare or rehabilitation professional. The practitioner completes the form and returns it to the applicant. The applicant, in turn, sends the completed form to MDCR for processing. This document is a fillable PDF, but must include the practitioner's original signature.
- Part 3 - Applicant Affidavit
This document must be signed in the presence of a notary public and returned to MDCR with Parts 1, 2 and 4.
- Part 4 - Applicant Photo Instructions
Applicants must submit a photo which will be affixed by MDCR to the Identification Card.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
These FAQs are a general guide for those with questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Michigan Service Animal legislation that took effect January 18, 2016.
- Americans with Disabilities Act - 2010 Federal Guidance on Service Animals
- Public Act 144 of 2015 (Service animals, prohibition of assault and interference, refusal of entry of service dog)
- Public Act 145 of 2015 (Service animals, licensing fees, exemptions)
- Public Act 146 of 2015 (Service animals, ID and patches, MDCR powers and duties)
- Public Act 147 of 2015 (Service animals, fraudulent use, reporting, penalties)