Organ Donation in Alaska
Organ Donation in Alaska
LifeAlaska is responsible for raising the number of organ and tissue donors on the Alaska Donor Registry.
The sign-up process for organ donation is very simple. There are no fees associated with the actual organ transplant.
How to Become a Donor
Alaska has a donor program that allows anyone to offer this gift of life. You can register online, through LifeAlaska or ORGANIZE.org, or in person at your local AK DMV office.
If you choose to become a donor and register, please remember to tell loved ones of your wishes and discuss it with them. Should they be reluctant, refer them to this page on the LifeAlaska website for answers to their questions.
To register online as an organ donor in Alaska, you have a couple options at your disposal:
- You can sign up through ORGANIZE.org, a national registry database that records your donor status in your state, and allows it to follow you to any other state you may move to.
- You can register at the website of the Alaska organ donation registry.
NOTE: If you prefer, you can reach LifeAlaska by phone at (800) 719-5433.
You may also register in person to become an organ donor at your local Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office when you apply for or renew your Alaska driver's license or ID card. You'll need to check the appropriate box for organ donation on the Application For Alaska Driver License, Permit or Identification Card (Form 478).
Understanding Organ and Tissue Donation
In Alaska, you can sign up to be an organ donor and give the gift of life upon your own passing. Organ donations save and enrich thousands of lives each year. As a matter of fact, you can save or significantly improve the lives of more than 50 people with your organs and tissues. When you donate your organs, you offer people who are awaiting transplants access to the organs they need and hope to those with terminal disorders.
Here are some facts about organ donation you should know:
- Organ donation does not stand in the way of having an open casket at your funeral.
- You may specify which organs and tissues you would like to donate.
- The medical care you receive is NOT affected at all by organ donation. The organ transplant team will not arrive until all efforts to save you have been exhausted.
Change/Update Your Organ Donor Preferences
If you already registered with the AK organ donor registry and would like to update your organ donor profile, you will need to visit the myAlaska website.
You can check if you're registered as an organ donor at the myAlaska website by using the "Forgot my Username" or "Forgot my Password" features.
What Happens if You Are a Donor?
Upon your death, the gift of healthy organs can save the lives of up to 8 people. As many as 50 people or more can benefit from the donation of your tissue.
Be sure to share your intent to become an organ donor with your family so they do not have to make a tough decision when you pass.
You can find visit the following pages for more information about organ donation: