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, 122,000 people are on a waiting list for an organ transplant, and approximately 21 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 50 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.
NOTE: If you are registering via Donate Life Virginia and are between 13 and 18 years old, you can register on the website. However, your parents will have the final say regarding tissue donation or organ donation at the appropriate time.
To register by mail, simply complete the Donate Life Virginia Registration Form and mail it to:
Donate Life Virginia
Attn: Community Education Specialists, LifeNet Health
1948 Franklin Road, S.W., Suite A-100
Roanoke, VA 24014
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 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:
- Contributing funds to the Virginia Donor Registry and Public Awareness Fund to help support programs that increase organ, tissue, and eye donations. Financial contributions can be made:
- Encouraging others to register as organ donors.
- Volunteering with any of the following organizations to increase the number of registered donors:
- 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.
You can also read our page about Organ Donation Facts for more details.
Organ Donors Are Heroes
Make a difference. Register to donate your organs, eyes, or tissues.