Governor Brewer Signs Law Exempting Service Dogs from Annual Licensing Fees

Arizona Center for Disability Law
DDNN Summer 2013

man with service dog in a parkThis summer, a new state law goes into effect to make it more affordable to maintain a service dog for persons with disabilities in Arizona.  The new law sponsored by Representative David Livingston (R-Peoria), exempts services dogs from annual license fees.  The change could save owners anywhere from$20-$60 annually depending on local or county registration requirements. 

 “Persons with disabilities still have to register their service dogs,” said Peri Jude Radecic, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Disability Law.  “But Rep. Livingston’s proposal is welcome relief for those in our community on a on a fixed income.”

Radecic worked with Rep. Livingston to ensure the proposal did not conflict with other state and federal disability rights laws.  In testimony, Rep. Livingston stated that he introduced the bill because people in his district brought this issue to his attention.

Radecic said that individuals really can make a difference.  “It is important for all of us to stay in touch with our elected representatives and keep asking for changes that support our independence and equality.”