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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.

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

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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.

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Complete and mail a Donor Registry enrollment form.

Brian's Story

Brian Liver Recipient

"She discovered she wasn't too old to donate. And she saved my life."

In 2002, Brian was urgently trying to find a diagnosis for the unexplained swelling in his legs. After ruling out heart disease, a specialist diagnosed him with NASH, Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis or "silent" liver disease.

Doctors prescribed Vitamin E supplements, which helped Brian stay well until 2007 when his condition worsened. At this point, Brian realized he would need a liver transplant in order to survive. He was put on a transplant list and after only three weeks received a liver transplant at Cleveland Clinic in 2008. He received a healthy liver from a 72-year-old female donor, proving you're never too old to give the gift of life.

Brian is a registered donor himself and speaks to others about the benefits of donation. "I thank God every day for donors," Brian says. "You can't take your organs with you. Why not give of yourself to help save a life?"

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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