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    Organ Donation in Maryland

    The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland administers organ donation registration in the state.

    Organ donation is a powerful gift. With a single person, 8 people can be saved and the lives of up to 50 people enhanced through organ and tissue donation. Approximately 3,000 people in Maryland are on organ transplant waiting lists; there are over 120,000 people waiting for organs nationwide. Organ donation does not interfere with funeral arrangements, as the entire process can be completed within 36 hours.

    A growing number of people are currently on a rather lengthy list, patiently holding out hope for a chance at life. A single donor organ, eye, or tissue can prolong the lives of several people, and aid in the health of many more.

    Register as an Organ Donor

    Anyone who is 16 years old or older can register as an organ donor. If you are less than 18 years old, your parents or guardians will have to give written consent. You are never too old to become a donor as there are no upper-age limits.

    Your driver's license or state ID number is used to create a unique entry for you in Maryland's organ donor list. You'll be asked to supply this number when you sign up online.

    You are not responsible for any fees when you sign up to be an organ donor. In addition, your family or estate will not be charged if your organs are donated. The Living Legacy Foundation pays for all donation-related costs.

    Be sure to discuss your decision with your family so there won't be any confusion about this matter.

    Online

    To register as an organ donor online, simply visit the Maryland Donor Registry and follow the instructions provided.

    By Mail

    If you prefer, you can obtain an organ donor form and sent it by mail.

    To request that a registration form be sent by mail or e-mail, contact Donate Life Maryland.

    In Person

    You can become a donor when you need to apply for or renew your license. Your wishes will be noted in the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) database.

    When you visit the Motor Vehicle Administration office to get or renew a state ID or driver's license, the customer service agent will ask you to read and answer questions about organ donation choices. When you say yes to becoming a donor, your license or ID card will display a heart symbol that indicates your choice.

    Update/Change Your Organ Donation Status

    Anytime you go to the MD MVA to renew your license or ID, you can also update your organ donor profile.

    You can also change your organ donor profile online. You'll need to sign in using either your driver's license number or the username and password you created while signing up online.

    How You Can Help With Organ Donation

    • Your financial contributions help Donate Life Maryland spread organ donation facts and dispel the myths that can keep people from opting to donate. Donations are tax-deductible. You can donate online or make a check out to Donate Life Maryland and mail it to:

    Donate Life Maryland
    1730 Twin Springs Road
    Baltimore, MD 21227

    • If you shop online at Amazon, use Donate Life Maryland's AmazonSmile link when you shop. Amazon will contribute 0.5% of the price of your purchases.
    • To help raise awareness of organ donation among your friends and family, like and share social media content from Donate Life Maryland. You can find links to their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube channels on their Support page.
    • The Living Legacy Foundation needs volunteers to share their time. You can help by speaking at public events, helping out in the office and working in the booths at health fairs.
    • Living organ donation is a chance to help save a life during your own life. Lobes of organs can be used for lung transplants and liver transplants. You can also offer kidney transplants, since each person needs just one kidney to live a healthy life.
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