Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
A new name is added to the national transplant waiting list every 12 minutes, and 18 people die each day waiting for an organ. By making the decision to become a designated organ donor, you can give someone the ultimate gift of life.
How to Become an Organ Donor
If you are renewing or applying for your driver’s license or ID card, you can become an organ donor by marking the appropriate box on the application form. If you choose to be shown as an organ donor on the card, you will be required to certify on the application that you have read the donor information provided to you.
If you’re not ready to renew your license, you can become an organ donor at any time by registering online or completing and mailing the Donor and Tissue Registry Form. Once the form is returned to our office, we’ll send you an organ donor sticker to place on your license or ID card.
If you’re under 18 years of age, have a parent complete the Parental Consent Form for Organ Donor Designation.
What if I change my mind and no longer want to be a donor?
You can change your decision at any time by:
- Removing the organ donor designation by marking the appropriate box or writing “remove” in the appropriate place on your license application
- Visiting the online donor registry and removing your name
- Making an oral statement to two witnesses in the presence of each other or to an attorney or attorney-in-fact
- Communicating in any way as a donor during a terminal illness to a physician or surgeon
- Signing a card or document found on your person or in your effects
Remember to share your decision with your family so they know your wishes. If you have questions, call 1-888-5-DONATE. For questions about eye and tissue donation, please contact LifeSource or the South Dakota Lions Eye & Tissue Bank.