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    Donation Facts

    It's estimated that nearly half of Ohio drivers have agreed to become donors.

    Agreeing to become an organ donor will not impact the quality of medical care that you receive. Additionally, you'll still have the option of having an open casket funeral service. And, your family will not be charged anything extra if you are a donor.

    Ohioans can also make a monetary donation to the Second Chance Trust Fund. The purpose of the fund, created by state legislature in 1997, is to increase public awareness and education about the importance of eye, organ, and tissue donations.

    The fund also maintains the Ohio Donor Registry. It's simple to make this $1 donation; just say "yes" when asked if you'd like to donate to the fund whenever you obtain or renew your driver license or state identification card.

    If you are younger than 18 years old, you'll need a parent or guardian's consent to register as a donor.

    Additional information about organ donation is available at the Life Connection of Ohio.

    Register In Person, By Mail, or Online

    The state of Ohio makes it easy for you to become a donor and join the Ohio Donor Registry.

    You'll be asked if you'd like to become a donor each time you obtain or renew your driver's license or state identification card.

    Saying "yes" to this question means you legally consent to give the gift of organs, tissues, or eyes upon your death for any purpose allowed by law. However, it does not include the donation of bone marrow, blood, or total body donation for research.

    You can also join the registry by completing an enrollment form (available online or at any license branch) and mailing it to the address listed on the form or submitting it to your local BMV office.

    Or, simply join by visiting the Ohio Donor Registry. You must have a valid Ohio driver's license or state identification card to enroll.

    Save a life by becoming an
    Organ Donor in Ohio

    Make a difference. Register to donate your organs, eyes or tissues.

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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 doctors first priority is to save your life regardless of your organ donation status.

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