Get answers to your questions about donor registration.
No, you no longer need a donor card.
When someone is a candidate for donation, donation professionals will search the National Donate Life Registry and state registries to determine if you have registered your decision to be a donor.
If you would like to keep printed documentation of your donation decision with your end-of-life records, you can print out your Document of Gift from your donor registrant record at RegisterMe.org.
In the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org, your deceased donor registration is authorization for organ, eye and tissue donation for transplant. You may also authorize donation for research and education and/or list any existing registration with a specific research program on the Access Your Registration page. Please list specific research program information under Donation Specifications.
What can be donated:
- Whole body donation and skin donation after weight loss. Please contact the American Association of Tissue Banks for more information
- Vascularized Composite Allografts (VCAs). Visit our page for more information on VCA donation.
- Blood and bone marrow donation. Please contact the American Red Cross for information on blood donation. Please contact Be the Match for information on bone marrow donation.
- Birth tissue donation. For more information on birth tissue donation, including placenta, amnion and umbilical cord tissue, visit our birth tissue donation page.
No. They are two separate registries:
- The National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org.
- Your state donor registry can be found by contacting your Donate Life State Team. If you registered at your local DMV, your donor registration is in your state donor registry.
Both your state donor registry and the National Donate Life Registry are checked by donation professionals at the time of your death. The most recent donor registration is honored as your legal document of gift.
Donate Life America (DLA) saw the need for a National Registry when several national partners approached DLA about promoting donation on a national level. The National Donate Life Registry was created to optimize these national partnership opportunities, to be mobile friendly, and to ensure that potential registrants had an effective and easy way to register their donation decision. The National Donate Life Registry does not replace any state registries.
You can register in both, if you desire to do so. If you are registered in your state donor registry, you can still register your donation decision in the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org or in your iPhone Health App. It takes less than a minute and does not conflict with the state donor registry. Your national registration will travel with you across state lines. Your state donor registry and the National Donate Life Registry will be checked online by donation professionals at the time of your death. The most recent donor registration is honored as your legal document of gift.
If you registered in the National Donate Life Registry, you can access your donor record by tapping/clicking on the “Edit Registration” button at RegisterMe.org. You will be asked to enter a few key data fields (e.g., name, address) to log in to your donor record. When in your donor record, you can update your address, add research as a donation option, and list out any donation preferences you may wish to add.