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Donate Life America Thanks DMV Partners Across the County

(Richmond, VA—September 14, 2020) Each year, Donate Life America (DLA) along with Donate Life State Teams and their members take time in September to recognize the vital role our DMV and Driver License Partners (DLPs) play in helping save and heal lives. DMV staff are front-line champions, committed to asking the donor registration question to customers every day.

Partnerships with DMVs remain the primary source of state donor registrations. More than 90% of individuals surveyed across the country stated that they registered their donation decision through their local DMV.1 DMVs and DLPs are the people on the front lines of service who have helped 160 million people across the country to register their decision to be a deceased organ, eye and tissue donor.2

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 seven years.3

To offer more time for recognition and support of our DMV partners, DLA is extending our usual celebration of National DMV Appreciation Week to National DMV Appreciation Month. During September, 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 2020 DLA DMV Awards.

The DLA DMV Awards recognize both statewide DMV office efforts and individual staff and leadership dedication to the Donate Life mission and successfully increasing donor registration. DLA is grateful for the commitment and partnership of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) in supporting the lifesaving role of DMVs in offering the donor registration opportunity.

The DLA DMV Awards are presented annually at the AAMVA Regional and international conferences. The full list of 2020 award winners is included below; please visit for details on the award winners and their programs. Congratulations to all of the award winners – and thank you for your dedication to helping save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation!

National DLA DMV Award Winners
DLA DMV Innovation Award: Renee Krawiec, Deputy Program Manager, Wyoming DOT & Driver Services
DLA DMV Lifesaver Award: Michael Smith, Director of Operations, Vermont DMV

AAMVA Regional DLA DMV Award Winners

Region 1

DLA DMV Innovation Award: Gabriel Robinson, Director, District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles

DLA DMV Lifesaver Award:

– Colleen Ogilve, Deputy Registrar, MA Registry of Motor Vehicles

– Michael Smith, Director of Operations, Vermont DMV

Region 3

DLA DMV Innovation Award: Mindi Nguyen, Community Outreach Coordinator, Iowa Dept of Transportation

Region 4

DLA DMV Innovation Award: Renee Krawiec, Deputy Program Manager, Wyoming DOT & Driver Services

DLA DMV Lifesaver Award: Christina Salas, La Junta Office Manager, Colorado DMV

To register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit your local DMV or driver license partner office in-person or online. You can also register online in the National Donate Life Registry at or in your iPhone Health App. To learn more about the DLA DMV partnership and National DMV Appreciation Month, please visit


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 manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.

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), Year End 2019 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.

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