Organ Donation in Minnesota
Organ Donation in Minnesota
Donate Life Minnesota is responsible for organ donor registration in Minnesota. LifeSource is another primary resource for organ donation in areas of the upper Midwest region.
There are more than 3,500 people in the Upper Midwest waiting for an organ, eye, and/or tissue donation. Nationally, there are over 113,000 people who need an organ transplant. Unfortunately, 20 people die every day as a result of not receiving the organ or organs they needed.
Minnesota's drivers and non-drivers alike can give the gift of life and offer hope to families and loved ones in tragic times by participating in organ and tissue donation. Sign up to be an organ donor today and give hope to those in need!
NOTE: Despite organ donation myths, the fact is that there are no fees or costs associated with your wish to donate your organs in Minnesota. LifeSource takes responsibility for all of the expenses related to organ and tissue donation, including expenses for donor hospitals, air and ground transportation, and coordinating doctors and other medical personnel.
Register as an Organ Donor
Registering to become an organ donor in Minnesota is easy. You can register online or in person at your local MN DPS office .
You can also use ORGANIZE.org's national database to add your name to a nationwide list of donors.
There are no age requirements to become an organ donor on the organ donor registry in Minnesota. However, if you're younger than 18 years old, your parents or legal guardian must affirm your decision to become an organ donor at the time of donation. As this can be an incredibly painful and difficult decision during your family's time of loss, be sure to make your wishes explicitly known, so as to take the burden off of your loved ones.
NOTE: To register as an organ donor in Minnesota, you must have a driver's license or identification card. If you do not have a driver's license or ID card number, please contact Donate Life Minnesota at (888) 5-DONATE.
You can register your wishes to be an eye, organ, and tissue donor in Minnesota online at the Donate Life Minnesota website Simply complete and submit the form listed on that page.
In Person or By Mail
You can also indicate your wishes by checking the appropriate organ donor box on your Minnesota application for your state identification card or driver's license. You will fill out these applications in person at your local DPS office.
If you have questions or want to enroll by mail, contact LifeSource at (888) 5-DONATE.
Next Steps After Registration
Do not forget to inform your family of your wishes in relation to your organ donation in Minnesota.
Upon your death, LifeSource works with your loved ones to honor your wish to save the lives or make the lives better of people in need of an organ, tissue or eye donation. Make your wishes clear to your family because at the time of your death, they will need to make the difficult decision if you have not declared your intentions.
Update/Change Your Organ Donation Status
As an organ donor, you can change or update your Minnesota organ donation.
Just contact LifeSource at (888) 5-DONATE, or visit ORGANIZE.org to amend your national registration information.
How You Can Help With Organ Donation
Aside from registering to be an organ donor, there are other ways to support the cause. You can:
- Become a Donate Life Ambassador: Anyone can become a Donate Life Ambassador with LifeSource. As an ambassador, you can share your donation or transplant story and help educate the public about Minnesota organ donation and transplantation. As an ambassador, you may be involved in activities such as health fairs, community events, sporting events, parades, etc.
- Offer your support to the Wrapped in Hugs program from LifeSource: This program dedicates itself to giving donors' families a handmade wrap following the donation process.
- Spread the word! Let your friends and family know that as a Minnesota organ donor, you have the opportunity to heal up to 50 people.