To meet ADI standards, annual re-certification is required to keep your certified service dog status, to keep your Next Step Service Dogs vest and identification cards, and to have access to the support services provided by Next Step Service Dogs. You must submit an Annual Report and your latest medical/veterinary/vaccination records, and be available to retake and pass the certification examination annually. Even though the vest and ID tags or cards are not required by law, they give your dog a polished appearance when in public and ease the public access difficulties typically faced by people partnered with a service dog.