Idaho State Service Dog Laws

The portion of Idaho Law which pertains to service dogs is ID ST § 56-7. Please expand the sections below to read the full text.

Important points:

Summary – Service Dogs in Training are allowed in public places with any person, but they must carry an ID issued by a program.

Detailed – Public Assistance and Welfare § 56-704A Every person who is specially training or socializing a dog for the purpose of being an assistance dog shall have the right to be accompanied by the dog in any of the places listed in section 56-703, Idaho Code, without being required to pay an extra charge for the dog if the accompaniment is part of the dog’s training or socialization to become an assistance dog. The person accompanying the dog-in-training shall carry and upon request display an identification card issued by a recognized school for assistance dogs or organization which serves disabled persons. The person shall be fully liable for any damages done to the premises or facilities by the dog and no liability to other persons shall be attached to the owner, lessor or manager of the property, arising out of activities permitted by this chapter.

(1) Any person, whether a pedestrian, operating a vehicle or otherwise, who approaches an individual appearing to be a disabled person or lawfully using an assistance device or assistance dog, and who:

(a) Intentionally fails to stop, change course, speak or take such other action as is necessary to avoid any accident or injury to the disabled person, the assistance device or dog, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both.

(b) Intentionally startles or frightens such person’s dog, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both.

(2) Any person who, without justification, intentionally interferes with the use of an assistance dog or assistance device by obstructing, battering or intimidating the user or the dog, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500), or by both.

Any person, not being a disabled person or being trained to assist disabled persons, who uses an assistance device or assistance dog in an attempt to gain treatment or benefits as a disabled person, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1) Any person who:

(a) Permits any animal which is owned, harbored or controlled by him to cause injury to or the death of any assistance dog or dog-in-training, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b) Intentionally causes injury to or the death of any assistance dog or dog-in-training is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by both.

(2) In addition to any other criminal or civil penalties provided for violation of this section, any person convicted under this section, regardless of the form of judgment, shall be ordered to make full restitution to the owner or custodian of such dog for all veterinary bills, replacement and other costs resulting from the injury or death of the dog.

(1) A disabled person shall not be denied the use of any common carrier or public transportation facility or admittance to any hotel, motel, cafe, elevator, housing for sale or rent, or any other public place within the state of Idaho by reason of his being accompanied by an assistance dog. A disabled person shall be entitled to have an assistance dog with him in such places and while using such facilities without being required to pay any additional charges for his assistance dog, but shall be liable for any damage caused by his assistance dog.

(2) Any person, firm, association or corporation or agent of any person, firm, association or corporation intentionally violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(1) A person shall not be denied the use of any common carrier or public transportation facility or admittance to any hotel, motel, cafe, elevator, or any other public place within the state of Idaho by reason of being accompanied by a dog-in-training. Such dog-in-training shall be properly leashed so that the person may maintain control of the dog.

(2) Access to public places for dogs-in-training may be temporarily denied if the dog is poorly groomed so as to create a health hazard or the person accompanying the dog cannot maintain control of the dog.

(3) The person accompanying the dog-in-training shall be liable for any damages or injuries caused by the dog, and any third party owner, lessor or manager of the public property shall in no way suffer liability for damages or injuries caused by the dog-in-training. If the person accompanying a dog-in-training is a minor, the parents of the child shall be liable.

As used in this chapter and chapter 58, title 18, Idaho Code:

(1) “Assistance device” means a cane or walking stick, predominantly white or metallic in color, with or without red tip, or a manual or motorized wheelchair or similar scooter, or other similar devices that enhance the safety or mobility of a disabled person.

(2) “Assistance dog” means a dog that has been trained as a guide dog for a blind or visually impaired person, a hearing dog for a hearing impaired person, or a service dog for a physically disabled person.

(3) “Disabled person” means a hearing, visually or physically impaired person.

(4) “Dog-in-training” means a dog being specifically trained to develop social, environmental and other skills needed for admission to a training school or other program for assistance dogs.  Dogs-in-training shall wear a jacket, collar, scarf or other similar article identifying it as a dog-in-training.

(5) “Guide dog” means a dog that has been specially trained to aid a particular blind or visually impaired person.

(6) “Hearing dog” means a dog that has been specially trained to aid a particular hearing impaired person.

(7) “Hearing impaired person” means a person who has a hearing impairment manifested by a speech discrimination score of forty percent (40%) or more in the better ear with appropriate correction as certified by a licensed otologist, licensed audiologist, or the Idaho division of vocational rehabilitation.

(8) “Physically impaired person” means any person with any substantial physical disability which prevents normal participation in community or life activities as are available and participated in by persons with no such afflictions or conditions of the same age and sex.

(9) “Service dog” means a dog that has been specially trained to aid a particular physically disabled person with a physical disability other than sight or hearing impairment.

(10) “Visually impaired person” means any person who is blind, totally blind, partially blind or otherwise visually impaired meaning such person has central visual acuity not exceeding 20/200 in the better eye, with corrected lenses, as measured by the Snellen test, or visual acuity greater than 20/200, but with a limitation in the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle not greater than twenty (20) degrees.

The blind, the visually impaired, the hearing impaired, and the otherwise physically disabled are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, and railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodations, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.
Every disabled person shall have the right to be accompanied by an assistance dog, in any of the places listed in section 56-703, Idaho Code, without being required to pay an extra charge for the assistance dog; provided that he shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by his dog.
Every person who is specially training or socializing a dog for the purpose of being an assistance dog shall have the right to be accompanied by the dog in any of the places listed in section 56-703, Idaho Code, without being required to pay an extra charge for the dog if the accompaniment is part of the dog’s training or socialization to become an assistance dog. The person accompanying the dog-in-training shall carry and upon request display an identification card issued by a recognized school for assistance dogs or organization which serves disabled persons. The person shall be fully liable for any damages done to the premises or facilities by the dog and no liability to other persons shall be attached to the owner, lessor or manager of the property, arising out of activities permitted by this chapter.
Civil action may be brought against any person intentionally violating the provisions of section 18-5811, 18-5811A, 18-5812 or 18-5812A, Idaho Code, with judgment awarded upon proof of the elements to a preponderance of the evidence. As a part of any such civil judgment, a successful plaintiff shall be awarded punitive damages in an amount equal to all other damages suffered by the plaintiff, but in no event less than five hundred dollars ($500). The failure of a disabled person to use an assistance device or assistance dog shall not be held to constitute nor be evidence of contributory negligence in any civil action.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation, or the agent of any person or persons, firm or corporation who denies or interferes with admittance to or enjoyment of the public facilities enumerated in this chapter or otherwise interferes with the rights of a totally or partially blind, hearing impaired, or otherwise disabled person under this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1) The blind, the visually impaired, the hearing impaired, and the otherwise disabled shall be employed in the state service, the service of the political subdivisions of the state, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as the able-bodied, unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work involved.

(2) Persons employed as provided in subsection (1) of this section, may use accrued sick leave for the purpose of obtaining guide dogs and necessary training.