Secretary of State
Join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry today!
The Donor Registry is a confidential database that documents your decision to become an organ, tissue and eye donor. The Donor Registry can only be accessed by Gift of Life Michigan to assist hospitals in the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissues. Your gift will be used to help others through transplantation, therapy, research and education.
>> Joining the Registry
Anyone can join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, regardless of their health or social history. Advances in medicine continue to allow more people to donate life-saving organs, even those with diabetes, cancer or other serious illnesses. After your death, a medical professional will determine which organs and tissues can be used to help others. Your medical care will not be impacted by your decision to donate.
➢ Secretary of State branch offices
➢ By mail when you renew your license or state ID
Your name will be added to the Donor Registry and your new license or ID will arrive with the heart symbol on the front.
>> No age restriction
There are no age restrictions to joining the Donor Registry. Minors may register with or without parental support, however their parents make the final decision about donation until they turn 18. We encourage anyone considering the decision to donate, regardless of age, to discuss it with their family.
>> The donation process
One person can donate up to eight live-saving organs, plus tissues that can improve the lives of up to 75 people. Organs that can be donated include: the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, intestines and pancreas. Tissues include: corneas, bone, tendons, skin, heart valves, veins and nerves.
Organs and tissue are recovered through a dignified surgical procedure conducted with the highest level of care and respect for the donor. For more information, watch this short video.
Based in Ann Arbor, Eversight is the 501(c)3 charitable organization working with the families of those who donate the gift of sight for corneal transplantation and research.
Eversight works with surgeons and researchers to provide that gift and ensure safe, successful sight-restoring transplants for more than 8,000 people every year as well as research to improve patient outcomes and one day end preventable blindness.
In addition to recovering, evaluating and providing donated eye tissue for sight-restoring transplants and promoting public donation awareness, Eversight provides humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of corneal transplantation.
To learn more or get involved, visit eversightvision.org or call 800-247-7250, ext. 2616.
>> How you can help
Please consider signing up on the Donor Registry today. If you join when you renew or when you get your first driver's license or state ID card, you'll have a heart symbol printed on your new driver’s license or state ID card. If you join before your license expires, you'll receive a heart symbol sticker to be placed on your license or ID card. When your license or ID card expires, you'll be sent a new one with the heart symbol printed on it after you renew. If you lose your heart symbol sticker, you can easily order a new one.
>> Driver's education
The Secretary of State partners with Gift of Life Michigan to provide education to all driver’s education students during Segment Two of the driver’s education program. Students will learn the basics of donation and will be encouraged to discuss their thoughts about donation with their parents. For more information about donation and driver’s education, go to: https://www.giftoflifemichigan.org/get-involved/youth-outreach
>> Donation partners
Gift of Life Michigan and Eversight provide all services necessary for organ, tissue and eye donation. Share your decision to be a donor with your friends and family.
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