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Organ Donor Program

If you would like to become an Organ Donor, an Organ Donor Card will be furnished. Simply fill out and sign the Uniform Donor Card, which is a legal document when executed in the presence of two witnesses who also must sign. Please discuss your wishes with your family.

The Donate Life Georgia Organ, Tissue and Eye Donor Registry was created in 2008 to allow Georgians an easy and user-friendly means of joining the state’s donor registry. Georgians can join the registry through the Web site, when renewing their driver license online, or when obtaining/renewing their license at a local driver license office. You can also join the Donor Registry by calling Donate Life Georgia directly at 1-866-57-SHARE (1-866-577-4273) and request a donor registry form. If you already have “organ donor” on your driver license, you still are encouraged to join the new registry to ensure your previous designation is documented.

Fact:  Medical professionals do EVERYTHING they can to save your life. If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the doctors who work to save your life are not the same doctors involved with organ donation. It is only after every attempt has been made to save your life that donation will be considered.

Fact: There is no special consideration due to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, occupation, social status, or financial status when determining who gives or receives an organ transplant.

Fact:  An open casket funeral is possible for organ, tissue, and eye donors. The donor is treated with respect and dignity throughout the process.

Fact: There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ, tissue, and eye donation.

Fact:  Everyone, regardless of their age or medical condition, is urged to join Georgia’s organ, tissue, and eye donor Registry. At the time of death, medical professionals will determine a person's eligibility to become an organ, tissue, and eye donor.

Fact: The identity of all parties is kept confidential. The donor family and the transplant recipient may receive such information as age, sex, and state of residence. Individually, the recipient may be told the circumstances of death, and the donor's family may be informed of the transplants performed. The donor’s family may also receive feedback on how the recipient’s health status has improved. The donation agencies facilitate correspondence and meetings initiated by either the donor family or recipient.

Fact:  Agreeing to donation for research when registering as a donor does not include whole body/anatomical donation.

NOTE: Effective July 1, 2005 Georgia will no longer offer an organ donor discount.

Last Updated On: 2/27/2013

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