Consequences of a Fake Emotional Support Animal Letter
With a legitimate emotional support letter, you can have access to stores, restaurants, and housing with a no-pets-allowed policy or travel on buses and airlines with your animal. However, a fake ESA letter can cause difficulties and get in the way of your itinerary. Airline officials have had to deal with numerous cases of individuals who attempt to travel with their ESAs, and when asked to verify their status, present unauthentic documents. Imagine your surprise when after months of careful planning and anticipation of your long-awaited vacation, you arrive at the airline gate only to get flagged for a fake ESA letter. This puts you in a dilemma since you can’t fly with your animal and you can’t leave it behind. Such a development will alter your plans and may ultimately ruin your carefully planned vacation.
Detecting Fake ESA Letters
Detecting a fake ESA letter is quite easy if you know what to look for. An ESA letter must be written by an LMHP (i.e., a licensed mental health professional). These professionals include mental health nurse practitioners, licensed psychiatrists, mental health counselors, licensed professional counselors, and clinical psychologists. For an ESA letter to be valid, the LMHP must be licensed to practice in your state of residence. Also, most ESA services claiming to award valid ESA letters do not undertake screening of any kind. If this is the case, it is very likely that an ESA letter obtained from such a service will be declined. Furthermore, any ESA letters provided by an online service purporting to be an Emotional Support Animal Registry, United States Dog Registry, US Animal Registry, or Service Dog Registry of America are fake. No such registries exist.
Ensure that you obtain an ESA letter from licensed mental health professionals. This will help you avoid potential problems when traveling and ensure that your vacation plans go off without a hitch.