How Do I Register as a Donor?

 Virginia residents click here for registration information.

 West Virginia residents click here for registration information.

Residents of other states click here for registration information.

 

I am a Virginia resident. How Do I Register My Decision to be a Donor?

As a Virginia resident, you can register your decision to be a donor through the DMV (at a DMV office or the DMV website) when getting or renewing your driver's license or ID Card OR you can register on-line at DonateLifeVirginia.org.

How do I make changes to my registration if I signed up at the DMV?

At any time, you may visit the Donor Registry at DonateLifeVirginia.org, click on "Update My Info," and log in with your Driver’s License or State ID number and birth date. You will then be able to add a password, change some personal information, specify donation limitations or remove your name from the Virginia Donor Registry. It is, however, always important to share with your family and friends your decision about organ donation. If anything does happen to you, your family members will be told about your decision and will be asked to help answer questions about your medical history.

Can I specify at the DMV which organs and tissues I have decided to donate?

The DMV is the main point of contact with the Donor Registry for most Virginia citizens, and there is only enough time for a visitor to the DMV to say yes to donation. There is not enough time to make any additional decisions. All specific limitations must be completed by going to the Donor Registry at DonateLifeVirginia.org, where you click on "Update My Info," enter your log-in information and make the changes you wish.

What if I have already said “yes” to donation at the DMV, do I need to register again online?

No. All donor designations from the DMV are securely uploaded into the Donor Registry. The only time you need to go to DonateLifeVirginia.org is to make changes in your registration.

I signed up to be a donor at the DMV, but I did not get a heart on  my license/ID card.  What should I do?

Mistakes sometimes happen. If you do not have a donor heart symbol on your driver's license/ID you should go to DonateLifeVirginia.org to check your designation.  If it is not there, you can register on the Donor Registry website at that time for free, or you can go back to the DMV and, for a small fee, ask for a replacement license/ID.

If I sign up through DonateLifeVirginia.org, is my information private and secure online?

Yes. The online datebase of donors at this website is held in a confidential and secure site, protected by the most up-to-date web security standards. All information submitted will be used only by donation and recovery professionals and will be kept completely confidential. This information will not be shared or sold.

How do I make changes to my registration if I sign up online?

If you sign up online, the screen that confirms your registration displays your unique Registration ID and Password. If you sign up at the DMV, your driver's license number acts as your Registration ID number. At any time, you may visit the Donor Registry website, click on "Update My Info," enter your log-in information, and make the changes you wish.

I made a mistake on my registration and I am unable to change it when I "Update My Info."

To protect your identity, the Donor Registry will not allow changes to key pieces of personally identifying information, such as your name and date of birth once you sign up. You will need to re-register. Having multiple regstrations is not a problem. We will simply consider the most recent registration to be the binding one.

I don't want to sign up by using a computer, but I also don't want to go back the DMV.  Is there any other way to register?

In addition to registering online or at the DMV, you may download a registration form to complete and mail.

I have an advance directive authorizing donation of my organs. Should I also register with the Donate Life Virginia Registry or will the advance directive be enough?

In order to ensure that your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor is known and upheld, we suggest that you also designate donation either by signing up at the DMV or online at DonateLifeVirginia.org.  This registration ensures that the Organ Procurement Organization has access to the record of your decision.

How do you ensure that someone does not sign up another person without his or her knowledge or consent?

In all the state/district donor registries currently in operation, to date there have been no reported problems with persons registering people other than themselves. The authenticity of the registrant can be determined using the date/time of the registration and personal information requested during the signup process. Family members are also consulted at the time of donation and will be able to verify the donor's information.

If I am between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, can I sign up at DonateLifeVirginia.org?

Yes. Anyone between those ages can join DonateLIfeVirginia.org. If a child 17 years old or younger dies, a parent or guardian will make the final decision concerning organ, tissue and eye donation. Federal law prevents anyone under the age of 13 from signing up since it is illegal to ask a child for personal information online.

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I am a West Virginia resident. How Do I Register My Decision to be a Donor?

As a West Virginia resident, you can register your decision to be a donor through the DMV  when getting or renewing your driver's license or ID Card OR you can register on-line at https://donatelife.wv.gov.

How do I make changes to my registration if I signed up at the DMV?

Changes to your existing donor registration must be made through the DMV.  However, if you registered through the DMV, you can remove your name from the donor registry online at donatelife.wv.gov It is, however, always important to share with your family and friends your decision about organ donation. If anything does happen to you, your family members will be told about your decision and will be asked to help answer questions about your medical history.

Can I specify at the DMV which organs and tissues I have decided to donate?

The DMV is the main point of contact with the Donor Registry for most West Virginia citizens, and there is only enough time for a visitor to the DMV to say yes to donation. There is not enough time to make any additional decisions. All specific limitations must be shared with your family who can then share that information with us at the time of donation.

What if I have already said “yes” to donation at the DMV, do I need to register again online?

No. All donor designations from the DMV are securely uploaded into the Donor Registry. The only time you need to go to donatelife.wv.gov is to add or remove your registration if you do not wish to do so through the DMV.

I signed up to be a donor at the DMV, but I did not get a heart on my license/ID card.  What should I do?

Mistakes sometimes happen. If you do not have a donor heart symbol on your driver's license/ID you should go to donatelife.wv.gov to add your designation.  You can register on the  Donor Registry website at that time for free, or you can go back to the DMV and, for a small fee, ask for a replacement license/ID.

If I sign up through donatelife.wv.gov, is my information private and secure online?

Yes. The online datebase of donors at this website is held in a confidential and secure site, protected by the most up-to-date web security standards. All information submitted will be used only by donation and recovery professionals and will be kept completely confidential. This information will not be shared or sold.

How do I make changes to my registration if I sign up online?

The West Virginia on-line registry allows you to add or remove records only.  If you make a mistake or need to make changes to your registration, you will need to re-register. Having multiple regstrations is not a problem. We will simply consider the most recent registration to be the binding one.

I have an advance directive authorizing donation of my organs. Should I also register with the West Virginia Registry or will the advance directive be enough?

In order to ensure that your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor is known and upheld, we suggest that you also designate donation either by signing up at the DMV or online at donatelife.wv.gov.  This registration ensures that the Organ Procurement Organization has access to the record of your decision.

How do you ensure that someone does not sign up another person without his or her knowledge or consent?

In all the state/district donor registries currently in operation, to date there have been no reported problems with persons registering people other than themselves. The authenticity of the registrant can be determined using the date/time of the registration and personal information requested during the signup process. Family members are also consulted at the time of donation and will be able to verify the donor's information.

If I am under the age of 18 years old, can I sign up at donatelife.wv.gov?

Yes. Anyone with a West Virginia state issued ID card or Driver's License can register their decision at  donatelife.wv.gov. If a child 17 years old or younger dies, a parent or guardian will make the final decision concerning organ, tissue and eye donation. Federal law prevents anyone under the age of 13 from signing up since it is illegal to ask a child for personal information online.

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I am a resident of another state.  How do I register in my home state?

To find information about registering as a donor in your home state, visit http://www.donatelife.net/.

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