Organ Donation in Kansas
Organ Donation in Kansas
Donate Life Kansas is in charge of organ donor registration in the Kansas Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. If you donate your organs upon your death, you could potentially save or enhance the lives of many other people.
Thousands are waiting for an organ or tissue transplant. Some of them will not make it before a suitable donor can be found.
Becoming an Organ Donor
You may register to become an organ donor at any age. However, if you're younger than 18 years old, your family will need to provide consent for your organ donation decision.
You may register online, by mail, or in person at your local KS DMV office.
To register as an organ donor online, you can:
- Submit the donor registration form at the Donate Life Kansas website.
- Register through ORGANIZE.org to add your information to a national registry database.
You also have the option to submit a Kansas organ donor registration form by mail. Call (888) 744-4531 to obtain a copy of the form.
When you renew your license or ID card, let the Kansas Division of Vehicles know you have chosen to become a donor. Your new driver's license or ID card will display the red heart organ donor symbol on the front of the document.
Change Your Organ Donation Status
Organ Donation Needs
Here is a list of some of the most needed organs for transplant:
Most needed tissues include:
- Heart valves.
Almost every organ and tissue in the body can be used in various ways to help save, lengthen, and enhance the life of another person in need of transplant material. For more information, please visit our page on How Organ Donation Works.
Organ Donation Facts
Once you register as a donor, be sure to let your family know your intentions - including which organs and/or tissues you wish to donate. Even though you're registered, the hospital will likely consult your family for this specific information, and it can be a very difficult and painful decision for your loved ones during their time of grief. Make sure they know what you want, so that they are relieved of the burden of this decision.
Here are a few facts you might like to share with concerned or reluctant family members:
- Your family will not be charged any fees for the donation.
- The body of an organ donor is never desecrated; an open casket service or viewing may be held after an organ collection.
- The collection of organs is carried out in a completely sterile, professional surgical environment.
- Organ donation is only an option after all other attempts have been made to save your life.
- Donor organs are matched to waiting recipients through the National Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
- Organ allocation and distribution is not based on social status, gender, or age.
- Organs may be donated at any age. At the time of your death, medical professionals will determine whether your organs are usable.
Visit our Organ Donation Facts page to learn about all the major statistics about organ donation.
For more information about common misconceptions about organ donation, please visit our page about Organ Donation Myths.
After You Sign the Registration
When you sign the donor registration form, your name is added to a confidential database of potential donors, which is maintained by the Midwest Transplant Network.