Frequently Asked Questions
You have questions about organ and tissue donation – we have answers. Click on any question below for more information.
Becoming a Donor
If you are 17 or younger, you may join the donor registry, but your parents or legal guardians will remain responsible for making the final decision. The registry will automatically update your status when you turn 18.
- Register online
- Say “yes” at the DMV when asked if you wish to be an organ and tissue donor.
- Complete and mail in your registration form. Call 1-888-744-4531 (toll-free) to request the form.
- Include your decision in an advance healthcare directive, will or living will.
- Sign and carry a donor card or other signed record.
You may also choose to speak with your faith leader, friends and physician about your wish to be a donor.
- A national allocation system ensures the fair distribution of organs in the United States. Social and financial data are not considered during the allocation process.
- Race, gender, age, ethnicity, income, or celebrity status do not determine who receives an organ or tissue transplant.
- Donated organs, eyes and tissues are given to people who need them the most. Typically, at the local level first, then regional, and finally all over the country. Under certain circumstances, organs, eyes and tissues may be sent out of the country to help patients in need.
- Buying and selling organs is against the law.
- You can specify an individual to receive a donated organ. If the recipient is a suitable match, they can receive the transplant as a gift.
- You cannot specify a donation on the basis of age, gender, race or ethnicity. Doing so would violate the fair allocation system.
- If you have questions about directed donation, please contact Midwest Transplant Network, Saving Sight or Kansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research Center.
Note: If you choose to consent to whole body donation, you will be unable to donate your organs or tissues for transplant.