Organ Donation in Montana
Organ Donation in Montana
In Montana, organ donation is handled through the Motor Vehicle Division in association with an organization called LifeCenter Northwest. Montana's Organ and Tissue Donor Program allows you to give someone the gift of life.
Did you know there are currently more than 114,000 people on the transplant waiting list in the United States? Unfortunately, an average of 20 people die every day. Nearly 2,400 people are residents of the Northwest.
Statistics like these are why it's so important for you and your loved ones to consider organ donation in the unfortunate event of your death.
How to Register as an Organ Donor
Montana makes it easy to register as a donor. Anyone can register, regardless of age, ethnicity, or medical history.
You do not need a driver's license to register to be an organ donor in the state of Montana. You will, however, need a valid ID card or Social Security number to prove that you meet the age requirements.
If you're interested in becoming a donor, the state strongly encourages you to notify your family members.
You can register online through:
- LifeCenter Northwest, which serves residents of Montana and several other states.
- ORGANIZE.org, which is a national central donor database.
After you register your organ donation wishes, that information will be entered into the registry, and your wishes will be acted upon by medical professionals in the unfortunate event of your passing.
You can fill out a form to express your wishes and submit it by mail. You may request a pamphlet to be mailed to you by calling (877) 275-5269.
After filling out the pamphlet, simply mail it back in to the address provided.
As long as you're least 15 years old, you can register with the state's donor program at any driver exam station when you apply for or renew your driver's license or state ID card. The information will then be printed on your driver's license. You can choose to donate some or all of your organs upon your death.
Update/Change Your Organ Donation Status
You can change or update your organ donor profile online, in person, or by phone.
The most recent information that you have provided to the registry will be the information that is acted upon in the event of your death. If you want to change your profile, all you have to do is fill out the form again and submit the most accurate information.
Call (877) 275-5269 for more information.
How You Can Help With Organ Donation
In addition to becoming an organ donor yourself, there are two other major ways that you can help in both Montana and on a national level. The first is by visiting the LifeCenter Northwest website and making a monetary contribution. You can choose to donate on your own behalf or in the memory of a loved one who has passed.
You can also become a LifeCenter Northwest volunteer if you have a personal connection to the organ donation process. You can share your story at hospital events, high school assemblies, and more.
Call the Donate Life Foundation at (877) 275-5269 to learn more about organ and tissue donation.