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Donate Life America Thanks DMV Partners Across the Country

Did You Know? More than 90% of organ donor registrations come through the DMV

(Richmond, VA—September 1, 2022) September is National DMV Appreciation Month. Each year, Donate Life America (DLA) and its Donate Life State Teams and their members take this month to recognize the vital role Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) and Driver License Partners (DLPs) play in helping save and heal lives. DMV staff ask the donor registration question to customers every day.

More than 90% of individuals surveyed across the country stated that they registered their donation decision through their local DMV.1 [add/edit % who register through the DMV for your state]. DMV staff [add/edit for your state’s DMV or DLP name] are the people on the front lines of service who have helped more than 170 million people across the country to register their lifesaving decision to be a deceased organ, eye and tissue donor.2

Donation makes transplants possible, and donation starts with donor registration. The work of DMVs across the country enables more lifesaving transplants to be performed every year. An increase in donation education and donor registrations have helped drive an increase in the number of lives saved through organ donation and transplantation each year for the past eight years.3

The Donate Life Community will be celebrating this lifesaving partnership through education and outreach to thank DMV staff and leadership across the country. Donate Life America will also be recognizing the regional and national winners of the 2022 DLA DMV Lifesaver and Innovation Awards. [add/edit for your Donate Life State Team activities] Detailed information of 2022 DLA DMV Award winners is available at

The DLA DMV Awards recognize both innovative statewide DMV office efforts (Innovation Award), and also individual staff and leadership dedication to the Donate Life mission and increasing donor registration (Lifesaver Award). The awards are presented annually at American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) conferences and in local ceremonies across the country. DLA is grateful for its partnership with AAMVA to support the lifesaving role of DMVs in offering the donor registration opportunity.

The best way to celebrate National DMV Appreciation Month is to register your lifesaving decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at your local DMV or driver license partner office in-person or online, and share your registration decision with your family and friends. You can also register online in the National Donate Life Registry at or in your iPhone Health App. To learn more about the DMV partnership with the Donate Life cause, please visit

1National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices, 2019, Report of Findings, Published February 2020, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation.

2Donate Life America Registry Overview Reports (ROR), EOY 2021 Report, Donate Life America

3 Letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services. (2020). National DMV Appreciation Month Letter. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


About Donate Life America (DLA)
Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissues available to save and heal lives. DLA owns, manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national logo and brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; owns and manages the National Donate Life Registry at, and the National Donate Life Living Donor Registry; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.