Donor Information in Illinois
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If you registered under the old registry (before 2006), family consent is still needed if the situation arises where your organs may be harvested. This can be a traumatic decision for your family to make at an already difficult time. Adding yourself to the most recent registry (one that does not require family consent) will keep your loved ones from having to make a fast decision that may not be in keeping with your wishes.
You will not be automatically transferred from the old registry into the new one. If you feel strongly about being a donor, you should go to the new organ donor registry and fill out the online form to list yourself as a donor. Another option to register is through Donate Life Illinois.
If you are younger than 18, you cannot register with the First-Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. In the event it is necessary, organ donation decisions will be made by your parents or next of kin.
In addition to registering as a donor, you can also purchase special license plates indicating your support of the organ donation program. A portion of the fees associated with these plates goes to support the program.
There is also a downloadable brochure that discusses the organ donation license plate program.
While the decision to be an organ donor is legally binding until rescinded, you can easily remove your name from the donor list by visiting the Removal page and filling out another easy, online form.
LifeGoesOn.com is the official website of the Illinois organ donation program. You can read donor stories, find details about the consent law, learn about the facts and myths about donating, and find other resources pertaining to organ donation.
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