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January 4th, 2024

Driving Hope: The DMV’s Vital Role in Organ Donation Advocacy

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) plays a pivotal role in advocating for organ donation to save and improve lives. 

Asking the simple question, “Would you like to be an organ and tissue donor?” is a routine question asked at the DMV office but the result can save lives. In fact, over 90 percent of donors register at their local DMV! This contributes to how significant the DMV is as an advocate for organ donor registrations. 

Becoming an organ donor is a quick, easy process that can save multiple lives, something our team at Global Transplant Solutions sees the impact of every day. And you can register as an organ donor easily at your local DMV. Organs such as the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines, as well as tissues like bones, skin, and corneas, can collectively save and enhance up to 50 lives.

Here’s how it works:

STEP 1 – Visit Your Local DMV:

Head to your nearest DMV office when you are renewing your driver’s license, obtaining a new one, or making any relevant changes.

STEP 2 – Inform DMV Staff of Your Intent:

When you approach the counter or interact with DMV staff, express your interest in becoming an organ donor. They are trained to assist with the process and will guide you through the necessary steps. 

STEP 3 – Complete the Organ Donor Registration Form:

The DMV staff will provide you with an organ donor registration form. This form typically includes a checkbox or specific section where you can indicate your willingness to be an organ and tissue donor.

STEP 4 – Provide Consent:

Carefully read the information on the form, ensuring you understand the implications of organ donation. If you agree to become a donor, check the designated box or follow the instructions provided to give your consent.

STEP 5 – Receive Confirmation:

Once you have completed the registration process, the DMV staff will provide you with confirmation of your organ donor status. This may be indicated on your updated driver’s license or through a separate document.

In just a few simple steps, you’re now a registered organ donor in your state registry. Congratulations! 

You can continue to advocate for organ donation by spreading the word to others about how quick and easy it is to become an organ donor at your local DMV office. Your driver’s license will also indicate your organ donor status, making you a vital link in the chain of hope for those awaiting transplants. 

Becoming an organ donor at your local DMV is a straightforward process that makes a big impact on the lives of individuals in need of organ transplants. By following these steps, you contribute to the growing community of organ donors, fostering a culture of compassion and giving.

Thank you for being an organ donor!