Registering to become an Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor
There are three legally recognized advance directives in Ohio: the Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney and Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation. If you have completed an approved advance directive Donor Registry Enrollment Form or made the affirmation when renewing your driver license or state identification card, then you are giving consent for your organs, tissue, and/or eyes, if usable, to be recovered upon your death.
How Do I Register?
There are two ways to register:
1) When you obtain or renew your Ohio Driver License or State I.D. Card, you will be asked, "Do you want to make an anatomical gift?" If you answer "yes", you will join Ohio's Donor Registry. This means that you are authorizing the use of any of your usable organs, tissues or eyes for any purposes authorized by law. You are not agreeing to donate your entire body. If your name is in the registry, donation will move forward at the time of your death.
2) If you wish to join the registry at a different time, or if you wish to refine or change your donation consent, you must complete the Donor Registry Enrollment Form and return it to Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles ATTN: Record Clearance Unit P.O. Box 16784, Columbus, OH 43216-6784. Through the enrollment form, you can specify the organs or tissues you wish to donate, and the specific purposes for which they can be used. Each time your license or identification card comes up for renewal, you will need to complete and submit a new enrollment form. You can use the enrollment form to become a donor, even if you have neither a driver???s license nor a state issued identification care, by providing your social security number on the enrollment form.
In addition to registering your intent to become a donor, you should discuss your wishes with your family.
What can be donated?
Organs including heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small intestine; tissues including skin, bone, ligaments, tendons, fascia, veins, heart valves, and corneas. If you wish to donate your entire body, you must contact the medical school of your choice to declare your intent.
How Are Donated Organs or Tissues Used?
Under Ohio law, an anatomical gift may be used for transplantation, therapy, research, education or advancement of medical or dental science. The Ohio Donor Registry Enrollment Form lists each of these possible uses. If you object to any of them, you should mark through the unacceptable use or uses on the enrollment from and return it to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the address previously provided.
Important Donation Facts:
- Organ donation information provided through the Ohio Donor Registry can be assessed and used only by authorized organ, tissue and eye recovery agencies in Ohio.
- Your status as an organ donor is considered only after every effort has been made to save your life and you have been declared legally dead.
- The recovery of organs and tissue is a surgical procedure that ensures the donor's body is treated with dignity and respect. An open casket is still possible.
- All costs associated with organ and tissue donation are paid for by the organ procurement organization.
- You can change your mind or refine your intent at any time, but only by completing a new Donor Registry Enrollment Form.
- If you are under 18 years of age and wish to be a registered donor, one of the witnesses on your Donor Registry Enrollment Form must be your parent or legal guardian.
- Organ donation is an anonymous process that ensures your gift will go to the person who needs it most.
For more information contact your local organ procurement organization:
Lifeline of Ohio
770 Kinnear Rd. Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43212
20600 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 350
Cleveland, OH 44122-5343
2925 Vernon Place, Suite 300
Cincinnati, OH 45219-2425
Life Connection of Ohio Dayton Regional Office
40 Wyoming St.
Dayton, OH 45409
Life Connection of Ohio Toledo Regional Office
1545 Holland Rd., Suite C
Maumee, OH 43537-1694