To register as a donor, please visit our REGISTER NOW page. To learn more about how donor registries work, please see the information below.
Question: What is a donor registry?
Donor registries are a fast and easy way to register your consent for organ and tissue donation and provides an electronic record of your decision that can be accessed 24/7 in the event of your passing.
Question: Is registering online similar to signing up to be a donor on my driver’s license?
Yes. Registering as a donor through the National Donate Life Registry is simply one more way to make your donation wishes known. Many donors may even wish to register through both Donate Life and their state motor vehicle office. However, if you register in both places and change your mind about donation, be sure to remove yourself from both donor registries as well.
Question: If I change my mind, can I remove myself from the registry?
If you register online through the National Donate Life Registry, you can change your registration status at any time by logging into the that registry website and changing your registration profile. (Remember, if you are registered as a donor through your state’s driver’s license process, you must remove yourself there as well.)
Question: Can I make specific decisions about which organs and tissues I wish to donate?
Yes. The donor registration process through the National Donate Life Registry will provide you a chance to designate specific organs or tissues you wish not to donate.
Question: Will my decision to donate be kept private?
Personal information in the donor registry is only accessible to designated donation professionals. The information on the donor registry cannot be shared with or sold to companies or government agencies. Should you die in a manner suitable for donation, your closest next-of-kin will be informed of your donation decision and about the donation process to follow.
Question: Will I receive a donor card?
A donor card is no longer necessary. Federal regulations require all hospital deaths be reported to the local organ procurement organization. This makes it possible for the National Donate Life registry – as well as state motor vehicle registries – to be checked each and every time a death is referred. We recommend that everyone who registers as a donor talk to their family about their decision to donate.