Getting an Emotional Support Animal In Colorado

Getting an Emotional Support Animal In Colorado

While Colorado is known for its beautiful views of mountains and flowing rivers, life can still become stressful for many individuals. This is one reason for the rise in Emotional Support Animals throughout the state. When looking into getting an Emotional Support aAnimal (ESA) in Colorado, you may be pleased to know that the ESA requirements are a little more lenient than most states.

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How is an ESA defined in Colorado?

Just like any other state, an ESA is defined as an animal that is necessary for emotional support. The animal does not have to be trained to perform any particular tasks. Although you are are able to register your current pet as an ESA, there are still laws that prohibit them from certain public areas. The lack of specific training requirements for emotional support animals is the main reason for this restriction.

ESA Laws in Colorado

In order to obtain an ESA in Colorado, all documentation must be certified. Now, this does allow for online certification, just be sure you are using a certified service such as American Service Pets. You will need to provide proof of a certified ESA letter when requesting to travel or live with your animal. 

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Through telepsychology and a simple quick prescreening American Service Pets aims to make the process of obtaining you Emotional Support Animal as stress-free as possible. 

The Federal Housing Amendment Act and Air Carrier Access Act protect Emotional Support Animal’s right to be allowed on rental properties and airplanes.

There is an additional ESA law in Colorado that gives ESA owners, employment rights. The basis of this law is that the owner of an Emotional Support Animal can have the animal accompany them to work. The animal can go most places within the business, aside from the office area. The ESA may need to be in the office area. If so, the HR department of the company must know first. Unfortunately, companies still have a right to refuse ESAs in certain areas of the office.

ESA or PSA Certification?

The benefits of an Emotional Support Animal certification and a Psychiatric Service Dog certification are drastically different. Fortunately for you, American Service Pets’ network of active board certified doctors can help you find the right path to certification. To find out whether you need an ESA or PSD letter, take our easy, three-step Pet Owner Survey!

Getting Your ESA Letter

The only real requirement for an ESA in Colorado is a certified ESA letter. Although, there are specific requirements for the letter itself. The ESA letter must be by a licensed professional. Even in various states, you should ALWAYS make sure your ESA letter is coming from a proven licensed professional. The doctor must also provide their full professional name, medical license number, the date of the letter and the state that they obtained the license in.

Below are some medical professionals who can help you verify your qualifications for obtaining an ESA letter.

  • Therapist 
  • Psychiatrist
  • Doctor 
  • Social Worker
  • Registered Nurse
  • Psychologist

Keep in mind that once you have your ESA letter, it will only be valid for one year.  The year starts right when you get it. is a very effective way to make the entire process easy and stress-free. 

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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.


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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.