Organ Donation in UtahPage Overview
Organ Donations in Utah
The Utah Donor Registry is responsible for handling donor registration in Utah.
Yes Utah is managed by the non-profit organization known as the Intermountain Donor Services (IDS) of Utah.
Individuals can visit the Yes Utah Donor Registry website to become a donor.
Thousands of lives are lost in the United States due to a lack of available organ donors. Organ donation can reduce this insufficiency.
The Yes Utah Donor Registry has a mission to educate the public on organ donation. Its website discusses some important facts regarding donation:
- On average, 21 people die per day in the United States due to not receiving the organ they needed.
- More than 123,000 people are in need of an organ currently.
- Approximately every 10 minutes, another patient is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
- Individuals of any age can become a donor.
- The act of registering to become a donor does not affect your medical care.
NOTE: When signing up to be a donor online at Yes Utah Donor Registry, you need to enter your UT driver’s license or state ID number.
Individuals of any age can register to become a donor. However, if you're under 18 years old, you must receive the consent of your parents or guardians when signing up to be a donor. You can register to be an organ donor in person, online, or by mail.
It is FREE to register to become an organ donor. Additionally, neither the donor nor the donor’s family are responsible or will be billed for any costs related to organ donation, including any medical expenses.
NOTE: You should tell your family once you register to become an organ or tissue donor. Even if your license shows you're registered, hospitals will often consult with the family of the donor, which can be an incredibly difficult and painful conversation during their time of loss. Make sure they are aware of your intentions, including which organs and tissues you wish to donate, so that they aren't left with that decision themselves.
Register In Person
When you apply for or renew your driver's license, you may indicate you'd like to be an organ and tissue donor.
Just check the "Yes" box on the donation form available at any Utah driver's license field office.
You can also find the forms at many major pharmacies.
You can sign up online by using the donor registration service on the Yes Utah Donor Registry website. Follow the instructions provided on the online form.
You can change or update your organ donor profile online anytime through the Utah Donor Registry.
In addition to registering to become a donor, you can support organ donation by:
- Volunteering at events such as health fairs.
- Making a monetary donation.
- Becoming a living donor by donating a kidney.
You can also encourage your friends and family to register by sharing this webpage and letting them know how easy it is.
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