BE A HERO
Ways to register.
Become an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
Complete the BMV’s online form with a valid Ohio driver’s license or state identification card.
Visit the BMV
Say “YES” when you receive or renew your driver’s license or state identification card.
The Donation Process
From Tragedy to Triumph
One person’s decision to share the gift of life has the power to bring something positive to a tragic situation. It allows someone else to experience the triumph that comes from receiving a second chance at life.
To be eligible for organ donation, an individual must be declared brain dead and maintained on a ventilator.
In special circumstances, organ donation may be possible following cardiac death. Cornea and tissue donation, on the other hand, take place after either brain death or cardiac death, and ventilator maintenance is not necessary.
The recovery of organs is conducted in an operating room under the direction of qualified surgeons, and tissue recoveries are performed in qualified rooms using the strictest rules to minimize infection. An open-casket funeral is possible.
Following organ, cornea and/or tissue recovery, depending on the circumstances of the death, the body is released to the coroner/medical examiner or to the funeral home of the families choice.
Organs are matched to recipients through the United Network of Organ Sharing based on body size, blood type, medical urgency and geographic location as it relates to travel time.
When it comes to saving lives, the allocation process does not discriminate on account of race, gender, age, income or any other factor.
Names and location of the organ and/or tissue recipients are kept confidential, and the identity of the donor is not revealed to the recipients.
About Donate Life Ohio
Donate Life Ohio is a coalition of the state's organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation and motivating them to join the Ohio Donor Registry.
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