Organ Donation Information & Registration
Most advance directives contain a section about
organ donation where you can express your wishes as to whether or
not you want to donate your organs upon your death.
If your advance directive does not mention organ donation, you can
write-in your wishes as to whether or not you want to donate your
organs in the "comments" section of your document, or you can submit
a separate letter of intent for organ donation (see below).
Your family will ultimately decide whether or not to donate your
organs. Being able to
read your wishes about organ donation will make their
decision-making much easier, and discussing your wishes with your
is the best way to help them make this decision.
If you do not yet have an advance directive, visit
Advance Directive Forms, for more
information on how to prepare your document. If you would like to
submit a separate letter of intent for organ/tissue donation
(whether you have an advance directive or not), click on the links
below to download and print the letter. Then visit the
"How to Register"
page to learn how to submit you letter for registration. Letters
of Intent for organ donation are registered in the same way advance
directives are registered. Once your document is registered,
you will receive labels for your driver's license and insurance
card, and a wallet card indicating that you are registered..
You will receive an update letter each year, to confirm that your
wishes have not changed, and to allow you to make any changes to
your personal and emergency contact information. The date of
this confirmation is listed on your wallet card. In this way,
there will be no doubt as to whether the letter of intent still
reflects your current wishes.
The U.S. Living Will Registry's automated secure
Internet and telephone/fax systems make advance directives and organ
donor information available to health care providers across the
country quickly and easily. The availability of your wishes
will take the burden off your family, and help to speed the organ
procurement process. You can register free of charge by
registering your advance directive and organ donor choices through a
Member Health Care Provider or Community Partner.
For more information on organ donation, including
“Frequently Asked Questions About Organ Donation” and the number of
Americans presently awaiting organs for transplantation, visit
The Registry is an easy, low-cost way for states and organ donor
organizations to set up a registry of organ donors. Because
registrants are sent letters annually to update their status, the
resulting registry is up to date.
If you would like to join the U.S. Living Will
Registry’s Organ Donor Registry, click on one of the links below to
download and then print the Letter of Intent for Organ/Tissue
Donation, and then visit the "How to
To download the pdf version, you
will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the
Adobe Reader, click below to download the Reader for