When you apply for a Massachusetts driver's license or ID card, you will have the opportunity to become an organ and tissue donor. By registering as an organ and tissue donor, you will be entered into the Massachusetts Donor Registry, which is legal consent for donation. The Donor Registry is a database that contains the names of everyone who has registered as an organ or tissue donor. It eliminates the need to look for a donor card or a driver's license which could be misplaced or lost.
What to know
The RMV is required by law to provide certain information identifying organ and tissue donors to federally designated organ procurement organizations and other federally registered nonprofit eye and tissue banks serving the Commonwealth.
It is completely free for you to register as an organ donor.
When you apply for a Massachusetts driver's license or ID card, the first question on your application asks you if you would like to be an organ donor. By checking yes, you are entered into the Massachusetts Donor Registry. Your registration will give you a heart symbol on your driver's license/ID, showing that you are a donor. If you are under 18, you can register as well.
When you renew your driver's license or ID, you will have to again check yes to ensure that you remain in the Donor Registry.
In the Massachusetts Donor Registry, you cannot choose which organs and tissues you wish to donate. If you are interested in donating only certain organs or tissues, complete a donor card and state those choices. Do this instead of signing up with the Donor Registry. Be sure to talk with you family about your wishes.
If you would like more information about organ and tissue donation and transplantation, please visit the New England Organ Bank's website or call (800) 446-6362. You can also visit the United Network for Organ Sharing's website, which contains up-to-date statistical information, and links to government agencies and other transplant-related organizations.