How to Become a Donor

Registering to become an organ donor is a big decision everyone faces. The first time most people learn about having the opportunity to register is through driver educational courses. Anyone, no matter their age or medical history can register to become a donor. Your medical condition at the time of donation or death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.

In addition, there is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. It is, however, important to note that there is no chance in accidentally being pronounced dead, doctor’s will always do their best to save your life, no matter if you are an organ donor or not. When signing up to become a donor, your race, gender, and socioeconomic status will never affect your ability to donate. However, it is still important that people of all diverse backgrounds sign up to become organ donors to increase success in finding an organ match and successful transplant.

For many, the first time they learn about registering to become an organ donor is through drivers educational courses. For numerous years states have been using these educational courses to boost organ donation. It is a key opportunity for states to educate young people that the option exists and that it is a perfect time to take advantage of the decision that could play a very critical role in helping to save others’ lives. To register on your license, go to your local DOL/DMV and ask to become an organ donor. Those who register will have a heart put on their license to signify their commitment as a donor to save lives.

Another way to become a registered organ donor is through donatelife.net. Donatelife.net provides an easy and quick way to become an organ donor. To register click on “Register Now” and fill in your information to the website. Once you are ready, submit the form and you will be registered as an organ donor. This registration is a binding, legal document of gift. Filling this out, you affirm the information you provided is accurate, and you agree upon death to donate all eligible organs and tissue for transplant. If at any time any of your information changes, you can update or remove your registration or specify more detailed donation preferences at RegisterMe.org.

Registering to become a donor is a big decision, but an important one that can help those less fortunate. Although 90% of Americans support it, only 60% of them have acted by registering to become donors. It is quick and easy to register and you will carry the pride in having the ability to save up to eight lives with your organs and up to 75 with your tissue.

Thank you for learning more about organ donations and helping us save lives!

-Vlad Elizarov, Alexander’s Hope Intern