Organ Donation in Virginia

Organ Donation in Virginia

Organ donor registration in Virginia is provided by Donate Life Virginia and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

In the United States, 106,000 people are on a waiting list for an organ transplant, and approximately 17 people die every day from a lack of organ donations available. A single organ donor can save up to 8 lives, and improve the lives of more than 75 people through tissue donation.

Register as an Organ Donor in Virginia

You can register as an organ donor online, by mail, or in person at your local VA DMV office. To be listed on the VA donor registry, you need to have either a Social Security number (SSN) or driver's license or ID card number. Either way, you should discuss your decision to be an organ donor with your family.

There is no fee to sign up for the organ donor registry.


You may register as an organ donor online in a variety of ways:

  • Through My DMV.
  • Via the Donate Life Virginia website.
  • Through, a central database that records your registration in VA and carries them with you nationwide.

By Mail

To register by mail, simply complete the Donate Life Virginia Registration Form and mail it to:

Donate Life Virginia
Donate Life Virginia
7305 Hancock Village Drive #722
Chesterfield, VA 23832

In Person

You can also register when you apply for or renew your VA driver's license, permit, or ID card at the DMV. Your choice will be noted on the front of your document, and entered into the statewide online registry.

Changing Your VA Organ Donor Status

You can change your donor status online by visiting My DMV or the Donate Life Virginia website.

You may also change your organ donor information at a VA DMV customer service center. You'll be charged for a replacement driver's license or permit unless you change your donor status when renewing your document.

Organ donor profile changes include:

  • Contact information.
  • Legal name, i.e. due to adoption or marriage.
  • Donation specifications.

Other Ways to Support Organ Donation

In addition to registering as an organ donor, you can also help by:

Donor Facts

  • Being a donor doesn't cost anything to you or your family.
  • Being a donor won't delay or alter your funeral plans; open-casket funerals are still possible.
  • Donors receive the same level of medical care as non-donors.

Visit the Donate Life Virginia website or the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) donor page for more information about organ and tissue donation.

You can also read our page about Organ Donation Facts for more details.

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