Guide Dog Foundation


Access Laws for Guide Dog Users: U.S. Territories and Bermuda

Puerto Rico
United States Virgin Islands

United States Virgin Islands

Civil Rights Law, Chapter 9, Sections 152, 153-158

Every blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog guide in public places, accommodations, and conveyances without being required to pay an extra charge when said dog guide is equipped with a rigid U-shaped harness. (Sect. 153)

Blind persons have the same right as persons who are not blind to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, public beaches, and othe public places. (Sect. 152)

Blind persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges, including but not limited to, all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, stores, restaurants, grocery stores, elevators, courts, public educational facilities, including colleges and dormitories, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other place to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons. (Sect. 152)

Employment discrimination because of the use of a dog guide is prohibited. (Sect. 154)

A blind person who has a dog guide, or who obtains a dog guide, shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations and shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such dog guide, but shall be liable for any damages done to the premises by such dog. Any provision in any lease or rental agreement prohibiting maintenace of a pet or pets on or in the premises shall not be applicable to a dog guide owned by a blind tenant. (Sect. 155)

Violation: Interference with the above-enumerated rights is a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000, or by imprisonment for not more than 60 days, or both. (Sect. 158)

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