Diagnosis of mental or emotional disability: An individual must have a diagnosed mental or emotional disability to qualify for registering their pet as an ESA. Some of the common conditions include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and autism.
Necessity of the animal for emotional support: In addition to the diagnosis, the individual seeking an ESA must demonstrate that their animal is essential for emotional support. This can be evidenced through a written recommendation from a licensed mental health professional which states that the animal offers a therapeutic benefit to the individual.
Compliance with local laws and regulations: While ESAs have nationwide protection in the United States, it is important for the individual and the animal to comply with local laws and regulations, such as vaccination requirements, pet licensing, and animal control regulations.