Organ Donation in Indiana
Organ Donation in Indiana
Many Hoosiers are on waiting lists for organ, tissue, and eye donations, according to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO).
Throughout the country, people are hoping to receive a life-saving transplant. The good news is that many lives are saved through the gift of organ donation.
As a public health service, Donate Life Indiana maintains donor registration in Indiana, and offers Indiana residents a way to declare their wish to donate organs through their registry.
Sign up today to support a worthy cause and give hope to those in need!
Register as an Organ Donor
There are no age requirements for organ or tissue donation. However, if you are a minor you will need parental consent. Parents or guardians will make the final decision about whether their minor children could be potential organ donors in Indiana.
Once you register to become an Indiana organ donor, be sure to inform your family of your decision to donate your organs. They may still be asked by the hospital for information on your organ donor status, and it's important not to burden them with such a difficult decision during their time of loss. Make sure they know your wishes.
NOTE: You do not need a driver's license or identification card to register as an Indiana organ donor. However, you must have a valid Social Security number.
You can register as an organ donor in Indiana online. Simply:
- Visit the Donate Life Indiana website.
- Visit ORGANIZE.org to add your registration to a national database of donors.
You can register to become an Indiana organ donor in person when you apply for, renew, or update your driver's license or ID card at your local IN BMV office.
Just say " yes," and a red heart will be printed on your license or ID card showing that you have agreed to become a donor.
There are no fees to become an organ donor in Indiana.
How You Can Help With Organ Donation
In addition to registering as an organ donor in Indiana, you can show your support by:
- Making a financial contribution to Donate Life Indiana
- Purchasing a Donate Life Indiana specialty license plate to show your support for organ and tissue donation in Indiana.
- Sharing organ donor information with your family and encouraging them to register:
- Organ donor registration is easy.
- On average, 20 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant.
- There is a critical shortage of organ donors, which means that countless numbers of these people will not receive a second chance because they will never receive an organ transplant.
For complete information on the donor program, visit the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO) website. The Donate Life Indiana website will also answer questions you may have about donation.
Organ Donation Facts & Myths
Did you know approximately 20 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant?
There are currently over 114,000 people, including more than 1,300 people in Indiana, waiting for an organ transplant. Fortunately, more than 30,000 people were saved in the United States last year through organ transplant surgery.
You can find many more important statistics at our Organ Donation Facts page.
If you are unsure about registering as an organ donor, please visit our page about Organ Donation Myths. This information should clear up most questions about organ donation.