Follow these steps to get your ESA letter in Utah

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How It Works

Complete Online Exam

All individuals seeking an Emotional Support Animal prescription must complete an online medical examination consisting of 74 questions. It takes anywhere from 15 – 20 minutes to complete so please make sure that you are ready to fill it out and move forward, since you won't be able to save your exam and come back to it later. You can begin the exam by clicking on the “online medical exam”tab located in the main navigation menu or by clicking the “get started now” tab below.

Make Payment

Potential patients should keep in mind that if the evaluating medical doctor does not feel comfortable writing you a prescription for an emotional support animal, then you will receive a same-day refund. Refunds are granted only to those who are not approved by the evaluating physician. After completing your online exam you will be required to make a payment and choose a treatment plan that best applies to you. If you need an ESA letter for housing, please choose the housing plan. The entry level housing plan is called the “care plan” and is 159.00. If you need a letter only for travel, then please choose the travel plan for 149.00. If you need documentation for both, you will need to select the Compassion Plan for 199.00, which will cover both travel and housing. Regardless, you must submit payment at that time or your exam will not be processed.

The DOGtor Reviews Your Exam

The Dogtor reviews your exam & you'll receive a notification within 48 hours if approved or not. Approval is typically the same day on a normal work week. In the event that the Dogtor needs to do a further evaluation he may want to speak to you over Skype. However, it's very rare.

You've Been Approved!

All individuals who have submitted an online exam will hear back from the evaluating physician within 24-48 hours. The doctor will email you from this or her personal email address to the email address that you have on file, so please make sure to check spam folders and wait patiently for the correspondence from the M.D. A doctor may ask you more questions about your exam so please be prepared to provide further details if they want more info in order for them to make an informed decision. Usually these questions are about asking for more clarity or that you have been vague in answering a specific question. As stated in Step 3, if the doctor does not approve you, you will receive a same-day refund. However, in the event that you are approved, you will receive your emailed PDF copy of the prescription letter typically on the same day. You will also receive a courtesy hard copy that will be mailed to the address that you have on file when taking the online exam. The hard copy take a few business days to arrive, depending on where you are located in the USA.

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Utah ESA Law

Utah ESA Law

 

For the decade 2009-2018, Utah ranked number one for population growth of all states in the US. If you have recently moved to Utah or have lived there a long time and either have or plan on getting an emotional support animal (ESA), you should understand the state’s ESA laws. 

Emotional Support Animal: Utah Law

In Utah, ESAs are granted certain privileges by two federal laws, the Air Carrier Access Act(ACAA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

  • The FHA allows your ESA to live with you in a rental property even if the property does not allow pets. Also under the FHA, the property cannot charge you additional fees for an ESA living with you.
  • The ACAA allows your ESA to travel with you in the cabin of commercial airliners. Also under the ACAA, the airline cannot charge you additional fees for an ESA traveling with you in the cabin.

Utah’s disability rights law covers service animals in the same way that they are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), offering specific privileges for service dogs (or miniature horses), that have special training to assist a person with a recognized disability. Utah’s disability rights law and the ADA do not cover ESAs.

Please note that laws might be added or changed after this article has been published, so you should check for any updates that could affect you and your ESA.

Emotional Support Dog Registration in Utah

Because the FHA and ACAA are federal laws, the requirements for all ESA animals (dogs, cats, etc.) in Utah are the same as all the other states. You must have a properly executed ESA letter from a mental health professional. In this case, they must be licensed in Utah. 

This is not an obstacle: in our vast network, the DOGtor has mental health professionals licensed in Utah that can be accessed immediately to assist you.

Emotional Support Animal Utah Housing Laws

Your ESA letter from a mental health care professional licensed in Utah can be used to access your rights under FHA, so landlords of pet restricted housing will have to make reasonable accommodation for your ESA to live with you. 

Landlords and property owners can legally deny your request for your ESA to live with you on their property in particular circumstances, such as:  

  • The landlord can demonstrate that your ESA poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other property residents.
  • Your ESA animal is too large for reasonable accommodation, such as a Rocky Mountain Elk in a one bedroom apartment.
  • The facility where you have found a rental unit has fewer than 5 units and one of them is being lived in by the landlord.
  • The living unit you have selected is a single family home and is not represented by a real estate agent.

Making Sure That You Get ESA Privileges in Utah

Step one is the acquisition of an ESA letter from a mental health professional licensed in Utah. Although some people have a relationship with a Utah licensed mental health professional who supports emotional support animals, many people find it faster and less expensive to have the process handled by the DOGtor. 

Not only do we have access to properly credentialed mental health providers, but over the years we have helped thousands of people get the ESA letter they need to travel and live with their emotional support animals. The DOGtor is known for our speedy, hassle-free process that is surprisingly affordable and backed by a 100% same day refund guarantee if you don’t qualify.

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FAQ´s

What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

What is The Fair Housing Amendment Act?

What is the difference between an ESA and a service dog?

If approved for an ESA, is my ESA allowed to be taken in the cabin of airplane when traveling?

Is my ESA allowed to be taken with me into public places?

I heard with an ESA, I am cleared from having to pay pet rent and pet deposit. Is that true?

If I use my primary care doctor to write an ESA prescription for me, will that work?

Does The OnlineDOGtor.com work with licensed professionals?

If approved, will my ESA letter come from the OnlineDOGtor.com?

If approved, can I and my ESA letter be easily verified?

Can I use my medical insurance?

How much do you charge?

How can I make payment?

Is the OnlineDOGtor.com on any social media?

As you might already know, or should know if you have not yet heard, the airlines and the Department of Transportation have been trying to change the travel rules and crack down on ESAs for many years, and now, along with everything else that has happened in 2020, it looks like they’re finally going to make those changes. However, rest assured that we here at The DOGtor are going to do anything and everything we can to change what we need to accordingly, so that you, and all of our ESA members are allowed to continue travelling with their furry family support companions for many more years to come. 
 
Please note, that as of now, and from what we understand thus far, you will ONLY have until the start of the New Year, January 3, 2021 to travel trouble free with your ESA.
  
Here is the full report should you want to look into this further: 
                                 https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2020-12/Service%20Animal%20Final%20Rule.pdf
 
We will do our best to keep you and everyone informed…
 
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