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    Organ Donation in California

    Did you know 18 Americans die every day waiting for an organ transplant? Someday, your organ donation (heart transplant, kidney transplant, etc.) could help save multiple lives.

    About Donate Life California

    The State of California partners with a nonprofit organization called the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry to make organ donor registration easy.

    Visita Done Vida California para registrar en español.

    The Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry offers various ways to make a difference through cash and vehicle contributions, e-Campaigns, “living donations,” and volunteer opportunities. For more information about other ways to help besides organ donation, please visit the Donate Life California website.

    How to Register as a California Organ Donor

    To register as an organ donor in California, you may:

    NOTE: If you’re between 13 and 17 years old, you may join the CA organ donor registry, but your parents/guardians will ultimately make the final decision about donating your organs.

    Organ Donor Registration at the California DMV

    You may register as an organ donor at the California Department of Motor Vehicles when you renew or apply for a new CA driver's license or identification card.

    STEP 1: Visit your local CA DMV office.

    STEP 2: Check the “YES! I want to be an organ and tissue donor” box on the California Driver License or Identification Card Application (Form DL 44).

    STEP 3: That’s all! The CA DMV will issue you a driver's license or ID card marked with a pink organ donor sticker. You’ll also receive a donor card to keep with you everyday, which requires the signature of a witness.

    Organ donation in California is that simple and there are absolutely no fees involved.

    NOTE: You may update your donor profile at the Donate Life California website to limit organ and tissue donations, authorize medical research and transplants, or remove yourself from the registry.

    California Organ & Tissue Donation Facts

    Donating your healthy organs for transplant can help save up to 8 lives or approximately 50 people with a tissue donation. More than 10,000,000 Californians have already made the pledge to donate tissue and organs when they pass.

    Organ Donation

    As an organ donor, you give consent to the following life-saving organ transplants:

    • Heart.
    • Liver.
    • Pancreas.
    • Kidney.
    • Lungs.
    • Small bowel.

    Donating Tissue

    Here are several common examples of tissue donations:

    • Eyes/corneas.
    • Heart valves.
    • Bones.
    • Skin grafts.
    Save a life by becoming an
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    True or False

    Doctors don’t work with the same urgency to save your life if they know you’re an organ donor.

    True False

    False

    Every doctor's first priority is to save your life regardless of your organ donation status.

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