How to Get Your Emotional Support Animal Certification
in Michigan

Michigan ESA

Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are a necessity for many Americans battling emotional disorders. They offer immeasurable rewards to their owners and provide relief from a variety of illnesses and conditions. People recovering from depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even chronic pain find solace in their comfort animal, and some find doing everyday tasks next to impossible without them.

People with a certified Emotional Support Animal or Psychiatric Service Animal (PSA) in Michigan have specific rights and responsibilities granted by the law governing housing and travel. Landlords, public travel services, and municipalities must adhere to the same state and federal laws governing these animals or face penalties.

American Service Pets helps people in need get certification for their comfort animals. You’ll no longer be required to pay pet deposits, flight fees, or animal fines ever again. Learn more about how to qualify for a Michigan ESA letter, the benefits of ESAs, the laws governing Emotional Support Animals in Michigan, and your rights and responsibilities as an owner now.

Benefits of Emotional Support Animals

An Emotional Support Animal is deemed by the state as necessary for people recovering from psychological trauma and other issues. Support or comfort animals provide a safe way to live an everyday functioning life for many people. They deliver a plethora of both physical and psychological rewards, including:

Sincere Comfort

Some people find themselves worrying about new things every day. Sometimes it can get overwhelming, especially if you have issues with anxiety and depression. Add personal problems like children, finances, and romance, and you might find yourself needing a friend. Simply interacting with an animal you love lowers blood pressure and reduces stress.

Holistic Medicine

More Americans than ever are choosing a natural approach to health ailments to avoid risks associated with drugs. Certified ESAs are natural medicine for depression and stress-related symptoms. Taking care of a pet raises levels of serotonin and dopamine, the body’s natural mood boosters. Animals also encourage activities outside, another health perk.

Mood Booster

Pets and animals, in general, are some of the best mood boosters on the planet. They keep your brain and body active, ease loneliness, and provide comfort. People experiencing trauma use the outside stimulus of a pet to break the repetition of negative thoughts.

ESAs provide a service that many people struggle without. American Service Pets provides pet owners with Emotional Support Animal letters in Michigan.

Find out if you qualify for a Michigan ESA letter today.

Michigan Support Animal Laws

Emotional Support Animals in Michigan provide comfort and emotional encouragement to their owners when under duress. They don’t perform tasks through daily chores like service animals.

Service animals and Emotional Support Animals serve different purposes and are afforded differing rights by law. ESAs have protection under federal and state law, provided the owner has acquired a certification letter from a licensed medical professional. Official letters are accepted all over the country, but specific stipulations differ among states.

Housing Laws

Michigan prohibits landlords and property managers from charging an extra deposit, evicting, or levying any additional fees on a tenant for owning an Emotional Support Animal, even if there is a no pet policy in place. Landlords may ask for proof of necessity by way of a Michigan support animal certification. They are not allowed to ask for proof of emotional diagnosis resulting in the need for a support animal.


Michigan ESA Housing Laws
ESA Dog and Pet Owner at a Coffee House

Public Places

Public places in Michigan are not required to allow Emotional Support Animals by law. Stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, and other public places are under no obligation to let them into their establishment. The law leaves the decision to the owners of the establishment.

Workplace Laws

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of the disabled to use a service dog in their place of employment. Michigan nor federal law support the use of Emotional Support Animals under this act. Obtaining an ESA certification for your animal could be the defining factor you need. Many employers have a change of heart, especially if the animal is inconspicuous, clean, and well-behaved. Many workplaces cannot allow animals inside because of safety or health concerns.

ESA Cat Sitting on Owner's Lap at Work
Travel Laws for ESA Certified Pets in Michigan

Travel Laws

Neither federal nor Michigan law requires Emotional Support Animals to be permitted on public transportation in Michigan, including buses, trains, and ride-share cars services. The DOT has retracted the right for Emotional Support Animals in airplane cabins as of 2020. Pet owners will need to check with the airline to learn their policies.

Knowing Michigan’s stance on ESAs helps prevent you from being turned away at some locations. American Service Pets is proud to offer an easy three-step process to provide Emotional Support Animal certification letters to Michigan residents.

How to Get A CERTIFICATION For an Emotional Support Animal in Michigan

American Service Pets has just about the quickest and easiest process to get your animal certified as you can find. It involves only three simple steps.

Fill Out the Questionnaire

Answer the American Service Pets questionnaire to find out if you’re eligible for an Emotional Support Animal letter in just a few minutes. There are just a few questions, and you’ll be on your way.

Get a Doctor’s Approval

American Service Pets lets you choose to submit your file to a licensed Michigan doctor for approval and authorization or find your own. There are doctors available 24/7. Most requests are approved within minutes and sent to your email address.

Add Your Pet to the International Directory

Adding your pet to the American Service Pets national directory is a critical part of the process. It provides an online profile that shows your pet’s status and certification letter to any authorized person who needs to see it, such as landlords and employers. 

Approximately 95% of applicants qualify for Emotional Support Animal certifications. Certify your pet today with American Service Pets.

American Service Pets Is Here to Help

ESAs bring you essential physical and psychological benefits and now is your chance to make sure no one can deny them. ESA certification can make your special relationship valid in the eyes of the law. Here’s why American Service Pets should be your go-to for ESA certification:

How to Get Your Pet Certified as an Emotional Support Animal in Michigan

Answer the five questions on our questionnaire today, and you’ll be on your way to getting certified, usually on the same day, for an Emotional Support Animal in Michigan. If you have additional questions and would like to speak with a real person before completing our Pet Owner Survey, call us at (517) 225-2791.

Attention: Due to the new Department of Transportation (DOT) policy, Emotional Support Animals are NO longer allowed to fly in airplane cabins for free. However, Psychiatric Service Dogs are eligible. Click here to see if you qualify.