Organ Donation in Massachusetts
Organ Donation in Massachusetts
Massachusetts organ donation registration is administered through the Donate Life New England website, LifeChoice, and the New England Organ Bank. You can also register through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
The number of donors willing to make organ donations are not growing as quickly as the number of people who need them.
17 people in the United States die each day while waiting for organ and tissue transplants. The number of patients in the U.S. waiting for transplants is currently over 108,000 people. Even more are waiting for much-needed tissue transplants.
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Registering as an Organ Donor in Massachusetts
You can register to become an organ donor in Massachusetts either online or in person at your local RMV office.
You can register online via:
- The Donate Life New England website.
- The Massachusetts RMV Organ & Tissue Donor Enrollment website.
- ORGANIZE.org, who will add your information to a national database of donors.
The RMV requires that you have a current Social Security number (SSN) on file to complete your registration online. If you do not have a SSN, you must visit your local MA RMV office to register or update your organ donor profile.
When you apply for a permit or driver's license from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), you can request to become an organ or tissue donor. Simply indicate on the Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application (Form LIC100).
Being an organ donor means when you die, you agree to allow your body to be harvested for useable organs and tissues that could be donated to help another living human.
If you check the box "yes," you need to fill out an organ donor card to be registered as an official organ donor. A card will be sent to you with your photo license, which will arrive in the mail. You can also pick one up at any RMV office.
As soon as you get the card, you need to sign it in front of 2 witnesses. It's a good idea to have family members as witnesses, if possible. This is because next of kin will be asked to OK the organ/tissue donation even if the person in question has a signed donor card.
Once you have signed and mailed the donor card, it will be processed by the RMV. If you do it simultaneously with applying for a new license, your license will be marked with a red heart. Otherwise, the heart icon will be added the next time you renew or replace your license.
Update/Change Your Organ Donor Profile
To update or change your organ donor information with the registry, you can visit the Massachusetts Organ & Tissue Donor Enrollment webpage. You can also update your registration nationally with ORGANIZE.org.
NOTE: You can also update your organ donor information at your local MA RMV office.
How You Can Help With Organ Donation
There are a variety of ways you can help with organ donation besides signing up with the organ donor registry, such as:
- Encourage your friends and family to become an organ donor.
- Make a financial contributions to the New England Organ Bank(NEOB).
- Become a volunteer with the NEOB.
Learn more about organ donation by visiting the official website of the New England Organ Bank (NEOB).