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How to Get an ESA Letter in South Carolina Online

If you’re a South Carolina resident who is eligible for an emotional support animal (ESA) letter, you've come to the right place. Thanks to modern technology, the approval process for emotional support animals has never been easier. To get started, choose a telehealth platform like Pettable that can connect you with a mental health professional licensed in your state. If this therapist determines that you meet the criteria to be an ESA owner, they will write you an official emotional support animal letter that you can use for housing and other purposes. 

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We'll help with any extra forms you need signed and our therapists are available to talk to your landlord anytime, for an additional fee.

* For California residents, effective January 1, 2022, new law AB 468 requires those seeking an ESA letter for dogs to establish a client-provider relationship with the individual for at least 30 days prior to providing documentation, which will result in having two consultations before qualifying.

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Emotional Support Animals in South Carolina

Emotional support animals have helped countless individuals cope with mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. If you already own an emotional support animal or are considering getting one, the good news is that both South Carolina law and federal law are supportive of your right to live anywhere with your emotional support animal – even in a “no pets” rental property.

ESA Laws in South Carolina

In South Carolina, there are strict laws regarding assistance animals that all ESA owners should know about. Misrepresenting an assistance animal (i.e., an emotional support animal or a service animal) is prohibited and is punishable by a fine of $350 - $1,000 for a first offense. The fine increases for subsequent offenses. 

This is one reason why ESA owners in South Carolina should be aware of their rights. As in the rest of the United States, service animals are allowed in nearly all public places in South Carolina, but emotional support animals are not. If you'd like to take your ESA with you to an establishment (or workplace) that is not explicitly pet-friendly, you will need to ask the owner or manager for permission. In the case of your workplace, you’ll need to ask your boss. Providing them with your ESA letter will help legitimize your request, though whether they admit your ESA or not is entirely at their discretion.

The same rules apply to commercial aircraft, following the Air Carrier Access Act. If you’d like to fly with your emotional support animal, you should contact the airline as soon as possible to submit your request. The airline representative may make an exception for your ESA, although they are under no obligation to do so. If your request is denied, you may still be able to fly with your ESA, as long as they travel as an ordinary pet and you agree to pay the usual pet fees. 

On a more encouraging note, thanks to the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), ESA owners have additional rights when it comes to housing arrangements. Provided you have a valid ESA letter, your housing provider must make reasonable accommodations for your emotional support animal to live with you. This includes rental properties that typically have “no pets” policies. Additionally, landlords are not allowed to impose pet fees or breed or weight restrictions on emotional support animals.

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How Do You Qualify for an ESA in South Carolina?

If you're hoping to obtain official status for your emotional support animal through an ESA letter, you first need to find out whether you meet the criteria. Only a licensed mental health professional has the authority to assess your eligibility. This practitioner will evaluate your symptoms and determine whether you have a disability-related need for an emotional support animal. If so, they will issue you an official ESA letter. 

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Why Pettable?

At Pettable, we're so confident in our services that we guarantee our ESA and psychiatric service dog (PSD) letters will work for all qualified customers. In fact, we’re so confident in our team of trusted therapists, our customer support, and our transparent, legally-compliant ESA approval process that in the unlikely event your PSD or ESA letter doesn't work for you, we'll provide you with a full refund. 

Why Pettable?


1. We Guarantee Our Letters Will Work For You
We believe you should not have to worry about your letter working or not. That's why at Pettable we offer a satisfaction guarantee - meaning your letter works or you get your money back.

2. World Class Mental Health Professionals
We have built a team of world class mental health professionals who can write you a PSD Letter prescription guaranteed to work anywhere you go.

3. Unparalleled Customer Support
We know getting your animal approved to travel or live with you can be stressful, which is why we invest so much in our team of dedicated support specialists to make sure you are always taken care of and have the support you need!

4. Licensed in all 50 states
Our network of mental health professionals is deep and spans across the entire country. Additionally, we have a deep team of mental health professionals to make sure we can meet any timeline.

5. Best In Class Legal Support
We are here to make sure your housing and travel needs are taken care of so you don't worry. Our legal team is dedicated to having your back should you need it!

6. Human Connection & Legitimate Evaluations
In order for your letter to work you need to have a live consultation with a mental health professional. At Pettable we make sure our clinicians adhered to HUD standards and conduct consultations over the phone to get to know you and your mental health situation well.

Why Pettable Is the Best Online ESA Letter Provider in South Carolina

With our unbeatable satisfaction guarantee, live video consultations with clinicians, and a customer-focused process, Pettable has more to offer than any other online ESA letter provider. Have a look at our services and reviews to see how we compare!

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Verified Reviews: 4.8/5
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What our pet parents are saying

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I had an incredible experience with Pettable. I had just moved and was looking for a new therapist, but knew an ESA would really help me with the transition, so I came to Pettable to get documentation so I didn’t have to wait months to get approval from my landlord to bring a pet home. The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey. Now I am raising a puppy and never been happier and healthier! I can’t recommend Pettable enough! 
“The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey.
Maddee W. Dog parent
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My pup provides relief in stressful situations, particularly when I'm away on necessary travel. Pettable was an amazing resource, connecting me with a therapist who listened to my situation and provided advice above and beyond. I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience. Grateful for this service!"
“I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience.
Austin K. Dog parent
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You were very attentive and I’m very satisfied with the provider I was assigned with, thank you again for helping relieve the stress of not being able to take my furry baby to our new home."
“Thank you again for helping relieve the stress.
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Meet Our Top Licensed Clinicians

Jennifer Bronsnick

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Jennifer Bronsnick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anxiety Treatment Specialist, & Heartmath Certified Trainer. She provides customized workshops and trainings to working professionals and teams to help build resilience and reduce stress with practical strategies.

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Emilie Kay

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I graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before obtaining my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2021. I have eight years of experience in the mental health field working in and with various populations, including case management, intake coordination, and residential, inpatient, and outpatient programs. I am certified in Brainspotting to help individuals deeply process negative emotions and trauma/significant life events. Additionally, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and safety planning in sessions/groups.

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Kassie Claughton

LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist

I offer extensive experience supporting individuals in both outpatient and residential settings in the fields of social work and mental health. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor-II, Substance Abuse Professional, Certified First Responder Counselor, and Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider.

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Marvy Beckman

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As a clinical social worker, I have been able to work within multiple types of settings, such as hospitals, community centers, and family welfare. I enjoy having the clinical and administrative experience to holistically serve those I work with.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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