Date Name of the Licensed Medical Professional (e.g. doctor, therapist, rehab counselor, psychiatrist) Address of Medical Practices
To whom it may concern:
(Name of ESA owner) is my patient and has been under my care since (date of first appointment or consultation). As a result, I am aware of his/her medical history, diagnosed mental/emotional condition, and related functional restrictions. (Name of ESA owner) meets the legal definition of disabled as outlined in the American with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
As a result of the aforementioned mental/emotional condition, (Name of ESA owner) has functional restrictions and limitations. I am prescribing an emotional support animal (ESA) to alleviate these difficulties and deal with his/her disability, including in travel.
Upon request, I can provide further information regarding my ESA recommendation for (Name of ESA owner).
Signature/Printed Name of Licensed ProfessionalNote that the letter must be signed and dated by your doctor, and be printed on their official letterhead. Other requirements include documentation of the place it was issued, the doctor’s medical license number, and a clear statement of your disability and need for an ESA. Many patients find that it is helpful to request that the details of their ESA be included (e.g. type, breed, weight), especially if they are planning to use the letter for flying. Perhaps most importantly, your ESA letter is only valid for one year from the date of issue. If your letter is expired, you will need to request a renewed document in order to travel by plane with your ESA.
Your ESA letter must include specific details and must be provided to the airline at least two days prior to travel. Check the AA site for more information on traveling with service animals.
Your ESA must remain on the floor of the aircraft and is not permitted in a seat. It’s recommended that you provide the ESA ahead of time and contact the airline to request a seat assignment for your convenience. Read more on the Delta Airlines website.
Your ESA letter should include specific details about your ESA (breed, size, etc.) as well as your flight confirmation number for staff reference. Review details on the Jet Blue website.
ESAs are not permitted on flights traveling to Jamaica but are allowed in the cabin on all other domestic flights. Check the Southwest website to learn more about their ESA documentation guidelines.
ESA documents should be provided at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure, and your ESA must sit at your feet without being in the aisle. You also have the option of using an in-cabin kennel for small animals, but cannot sit in an exit row (due to safety regulations). More information available on the United Airlines website.
In addition to your ESA letter, you must also provide a health certificate if you are planning to travel to Hawaii. Details can be reviewed on their website (the airline is part of Alaska Air).
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