Donation Process



Ways to register.

Anyone can say YES to organ, eye and tissue donation. If you haven’t already said YES at the BMV, there are three easy ways to register.


Register online. You will need a valid Ohio driver license or state identification card.


Say “YES” at the BMV when you receive or renew your driver license or state identification card. You should also talk to your family about your wishes so they can help honor your decision.


Complete and mail a Donor Registry enrollment form.

Donation Facts

You Can Be a Hero Through Donation

Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It gives thousands of people facing organ failure a second chance at life and gives many others active and renewed lives.

Despite ongoing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissues continues to be greater than the number available for transplantation.

The good news is that everyone has the power to save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation, including you!

Environmental portraits shot by Colin McGuire of recipients and donor families for Fahlgren Mortine/Donate Life Ohio. White seamless portraits shot by Anita Kowalski of recipients and donor families for Fahlgren Mortine/Donate Life Ohio. Shot on location at a home residence in New Albany, Ohio.

Factors to Consider



Anyone of any age has the potential to be a donor. If you're an adult, you shouldn't opt out of the Ohio Donor Registry due to age. The oldest donor in the United States was 92 years old at the time of his death.

Teens may register upon receiving a Temporary Instruction Permit (age 15.5); however, consent of a parent(s) or guardians(s) is required should a child under the age of 18 become eligible to donate. In addition to registering, people under the age of 18 are encouraged to discuss their donation wishes with their parent(s) or guardian(s).


Medical History

Even if you have existing medical conditions, there's a strong possibility you can still be a donor. Recent advances in transplantation now allow more people to become donors, including those with:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Poor eyesight

The opportunity to change lives starts with a personal commitment to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.


The Need

More than 113,000 Americans and 3,100 Ohioans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. 20 people die each day in the U.S. while waiting for a transplant.

Every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies while waiting for a transplant.

Change a Life With One Choice

Your decision to register as an organ, tissue and eye donor can be the answer to someone's prayers.

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