Service Dog Laws in North Carolina

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North Carolina has one of the more progressive set of laws on behalf of their disabled residents. The service dog laws in North Carolina are among these. While being very accommodating to disabled people using service dogs, they do require assistance animals to be specially licensed by the state, which we will discuss in more detail later. The surest way to obtain this accreditation is to have your pet attend a service dog certification program.

The rules and regulations concerning the disabled, including the service dog laws in North Carolina were established by the North Carolina Attorney General and the North Carolina Human Relations Commission. Its introduction reads as follows: “The state shall enable and encourage persons with disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment.” Along with all workplaces, other public areas where service dogs must be allowed to accompany their handler are all streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, all public buildings, public facilities and all other buildings and facilities both publicly and privately owned which serve the public.

As mentioned earlier in this article, acquiring service dog certification in North Carolina is the best method to obtaining the special service dog license as required by state law. Once professional accreditation can be shown, the North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Resources will issue a tag with a specific tag number authorizing you to use your canine as a service dog within the state. Section 168-4.5 (Penalty for Fakers) provides for a Class 3 misdemeanor being assessed to anyone falsifying the identity of a service dog.

As an operator of a motor vehicle, the service dog laws in North Carolina commands you to come to a full stop when you observe a disabled individual with a guide dog attempting to cross any street, highway or roadway of any kind. Once again, service dog certification should be obtained, not only for licensing purposes, but as a safety measure and to improve on the quality of the disabled individual’s life.

4 Responses to Service Dog Laws in North Carolina

  1. Christopher Winnie says:

    I need some help on a couple questions about a seizure service dog.
    Since JanuarNDnd of 2012 I had a sever seizure after getting back from the ER that night I wasn’t home more than 20 minutes and I had another really bad seizure that caused even more heatraumama, but on both occasions my dog alerted on both. The fist by alerting my wife and the other by alerting me. I have had many more seizure after that and with the help with my dog i made it througeasilyly.
    I am looking for more training for my dog if there is any as fobediencence she has already been trained.
    My question is do I nspecialcial training for her by beforeefor I use her aservicevice dog?
    I am being refused to enter with her at a pain clinic in North Carolina, What do I need to do?
    Please can you help me I have searched the web for days and don’t know where to turn.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

    Christopher Winnie

    • admin says:

      Hi Christoper, I’m sorry to hear about the seizures but glad to see your dog is helping you out. ADA says that a dog can be trained by its owner to assist with a disability. If your dog is already alerting you about your seizures then by definition it is a service dog. I’m surprised that a pain clinic of all places would refuse you access with a service animal. The only advice I can give you it is to speak with your doctor. Sometimes they can prescribe a service dog, and refer you to a training to make your dog even better equipped to assist you. In the future I would like to start a directory of training facilities in the United States, but it will be some time until that is ready. Thanks for stopping by and come back to visit soon!

  2. Will says:

    Hi, I’m 30 years old and have diagnosis of bi-polar, social anxiety, and the last doctor said “crippling fear”. And I got an official Aspergers diagnosis last week.

    I don’t have any friends and I am terrified of people because I was picked on and abused so much by so many people in my childhood so there is definintally PTSD, one psychiatrist said that was causing the most problems because I can’t operate in society from the fear that people will use me or hurt me.

    With my dog, I am happy. I took my dog on a trip to my grandparents and I was normal. My dog gives me comfort and the ability to deal with social situations.

    The problem is my landlord doesn’t allow pets so for the past 8 months, I have lived without my dog and I am mentally deteriorating being alone all day every day.

    My quality of life would triple at least if I had a dog. And I’m very ocd about cleanliness, so the dog would never ruin anything. I’d pay a pet deposit if they would let me.

    What can I do?

    • admin says:

      Hi Will,

      Thanks for sharing your story. The fair housing act prohibits landlords from not allowing service animals for their tenants. It also says that they cannot charge any pet fees or deposits, even if they require similar fees for people with pets. The only exception to this rule I believe is a landlord that is renting a single property of 5 units or less? Is this an apartment complex or someone renting their home? This could make a difference. If I were you I would seriously consider moving to a place that is more pet friendly. Keep us posted with your progress!

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