Organ transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. In most cases, it's the only hope for thousands of people suffering from organ failure or in desperate need of corneas, skin, bone or other tissue.
Tragically, the need for donated organs and tissues continues to outpace the supply. Right now, thousands of Americans could be helped if enough organs and tissues were available. Organ and tissue donation provides each of us with a special opportunity to help others.
You can save lives by making the decision to be an organ and tissue donor.
When you apply for a driver's license, learner's permit or photo ID card, you will be asked if you wish to become an organ donor. If you decide to become a donor, your choice will be noted on the front of your driver's license or photo ID card.
If you wish to change your organ donor status later, you must notify DMV and pay a driver's license replacement fee or purchase a new ID card. You may also complete this transaction online or you may make the change free of charge as part of your next driver's license renewal.
You must be at least 18 years of age to become an organ/tissue donor. If you are under age 18, you must obtain your parent's or legal guardian's written consent.
The decision to become an organ/tissue donor is yours. Your decision will not affect your driving privileges.
By saying "Yes" to organ donation, you could save or improve the quality of life for more than 50 others who suffer from organ failure, bone defects, burns or blindness.
Your donor preference information will become part of your driving record and may be used to confirm your decision about donation. This information can be helpful to your family if they are considering donating your organs, tissues or eyes. Access to your donor preference information is limited to medical professionals when donation is being considered.
Once you have made your decision, share it with your family.
For more information, contact:
- Virginia Transplant Council - Donate Life Virginia
- 9200 Arboretum Parkway, Suite 104
- Richmond, VA 23236
- 1-866-VADonor (1-866-823-6667)
- Donate Life Virginia