Donor Registration FAQs
- How do you register your decision to be a deceased donor?
- How do you register your interest in being a living donor?
- How do you change or confirm your donor registration?
- Do I need a donor card to be identified as an organ, eye and tissue donor?
- What is included in your donor registration?
- What is not included in your donor registration?
How do you register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?
Your donor registration is a binding, legal document of gift. You can remove your registration, update your personal information or specify more detailed donation preferences at any time at RegisterMe.org.
You can also register your decision to be a deceased organ, eye and tissue donor in your state registry at your local DMV or Driver License Partner office. If you have questions about a registration in your state donor registry, please reach out to your Donate Life state contact.
Any adult age 18 or older can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor – regardless of age or medical history. 15-17 year olds can register their intent to be organ, eye and tissue donors in the National Donate Life Registry. However, until they are 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian makes the final donation decision. If registering in the National Donate Life Registry through iPhone, you must be 18 years or older.
Both your state donor registry and the National Donate Life Registry are checked by donation professionals at the time of your death. The most recent donor registration is honored as your legal document of gift.
How do you register your interest in being a living kidney donor?
In an effort to reduce access barriers for prospective living donors and streamline the living donation process to help save more lives, DLA is currently working with funding partner, Fresenius Medical Care Foundation, to develop the National Donate Life Living Donor Registry. Launching in 2021, the Living Donor Registry will allow individuals to register their interest in being a living kidney donor and receive a preliminary at-home testing kit to help with further evaluation by a living donor transplant program.
Until the National Donate Life Living Donor Registry is launched, please contact a living donor transplant program in your area for more information on how to start the process. You can find contact information for living donor transplant programs and other helpful patient information at UNOS TransplantLiving.org.
If you have a specific recipient to whom you would like to donate, contacting the transplant hospital of the person in need of the transplant is the first step. Many hospitals have a form on their website that potential donors can fill out to begin the process, or you can call the transplant hospital and ask to speak with the living donor coordinator. Learn more on our living donation page.
How do you change or confirm your donor registration?
If you registered in the National Donate Life Registry on DonateLife.net, RegisterMe.org, or in your iPhone Health App, please go to RegisterMe.org and click “Access Your Registration” to make changes to your donor registration record.
If you registered through your DMV or Driver License Partner, please reach out to your Donate Life state contact.
Do I need a donor card to be identified as an organ, eye and tissue donor?
No, you no longer need a donor card.
When someone is a candidate for donation, donation professionals will search the National Donate Life Registry and state registries to determine if you have registered your decision to be a donor.
If you would like to keep printed documentation of your donation decision with your end-of-life records, you can print out your Document of Gift from your donor registrant record at RegisterMe.org.
What is included in your deceased donor registration?
In the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org, your deceased donor registration is authorization for organ, eye and tissue donation for transplant. You may also authorize donation for research and education and/or list any existing registration with a specific research program on the Access Your Registration page. Please list specific research program information under Donation Specifications.
What is not included in your deceased donor registration?
- Whole body donation and skin donation after weight loss. Please contact the American Association of Tissue Banks for more information
- Vascularized Composite Allografts (VCAs). Visit our page for more information on VCA donation.
- Blood and bone marrow donation. Please contact the American Red Cross for information on blood donation. Please contact Be the Match for information on bone marrow donation.
- Birth tissue donation. For more information on birth tissue donation, including placenta, amnion and umbilical cord tissue, visit our birth tissue donation page.