You can help give Missourians waiting for a lifesaving transplant hope by registering your decision to become a Missouri organ donor.
Mid-America Transplant is a nationally-recognized organ procurement organization (OPO) serving a total of 84 counties, including 51 counties in eastern and southern Missouri. We work with healthcare partners across the region to ensure patients in our community receive lifesaving organ, eye and tissue donations.
Why Should I Become An Organ Donor in Missouri?
More than 1,000 people received lifesaving organ transplants in Missouri last year. Even though the number of transplants increase, more than 1,600 people in Missouri are waiting to receive a lifesaving organ transplant. For patients and families waiting for a transplant, organ and tissue donation means the difference between life and death. One donor can heal the lives of more than 75 people.
What’s the difference between the Missouri state and national registries?
There are two separate registries that record your decision to become an organ, eye and tissue donor: the Missouri Organ and Tissue Donor Registry and the National Donate Life Registry.
- When you register at your local DMV, you are registering your decision with the state registry.
- When you register online, you are registering your decision with the national registry.
The National Donate Life Registry was launched in 2015 by Donate Life America to make donor registration easy, secure and mobile-friendly.
You can register in both registries, if you wish to do so. Both registries are checked by donation professionals at the time of your death, and the most recent donor registration is considered the legal documentation of your decision.
95% of Americans support donation, but only 60% are registered. Register your decision to become a Missouri organ donor now.
What’s the difference between registering at the DMV vs. registering online?
At the time of your death, your most recent donor registration is considered the legal documentation of your decision – whether that is online on the Missouri Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, the National Donate Life Registry or at the DMV.
When you register your donation decision at a Missouri DMV, you can add a heart symbol to your driver’s license to show your decision. You do not have to renew your donation decision every time you renew your driver’s license. However, you are encouraged to say “yes,” every time you obtain or renew your instruction permit or driver/nondriver license so your information remains current. In addition, your donation decision does not expire if your driver’s license expires or is revoked.
Because your driver’s license may not be available or easily accessible at the time of your death, consider registering your decision online with the National Donate Life Registry. This means your decision will travel with you, no matter where you live or move across the country.
On both registries, you can specify your wishes for your body. This relieves your family from making tough decisions on your behalf as they mourn and grieve.
Missouri Service Area
Mid-America Transplant serves 51 counties in southern and eastern Missouri. Your donation could save the lives of countless patients in your community.
Missouri Counties We Serve
Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Christian, Clark, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, maries, Marion, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Oregon, Osage, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Polk, Ralls, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Charles, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Scotland, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Taney, Texas, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster
Organ Procurement Organizations Serving Missouri
Mid-America Transplant serves Missouri with Midwest Transplant Network, based in Westwood, Kansas. Midwest Transplant Network’s service area includes the western half of Missouri.
Whether you join the Missouri Organ and Tissue Donor Registry or the National Donate Life Registry, medical professionals from Mid-America Transplant or Midwest Transplant Network check both registries at the time of your death, and the most recent donor registration is considered the legal documentation of your decision.
Register as an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor
Are you ready to help the 1,600 people on the transplant waiting list in Missouri? Register your decision as an organ, eye and tissue donor now!