v 6.3a, updated July 2020

An emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal that is recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act, and is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability.

Taking the informational exam:

  1. Complete the exam below.
  2. For each section, when appropriate select the intensity, how often it happens, and how well the animal helps to ameliorate the issue.

Informational Pre-Qualify Exam.

Individuals Seeking an ESA.

  1. Applies to U.S. residents only.
  2. Must have a “disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal” that can be verified.
  3. Has a disability that meets the law’s definition as having a “major impact on a life activity,” commonly referred to as a functional limitation.
  4. Usually experiences the effects of the disability through difficulties with sleep, focus and social interaction.
  5. Has an animal (animals commonly kept in households) that relieves the symptoms of the disability and its effect on major life activities.
  6. Learn more about qualifying for an assistance animal.


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