Each year, Donate Life America (DLA) along with Mid-America Transplant take time in September to recognize the vital role our license offices and DMVs play in helping save and heal lives. DMV staff are front-line champions, committed to asking the donor registration question to customers every day.
Partnerships with DMVs remain the primary source of state donor registrations. More than 90% of individuals surveyed across the country stated that they registered their donation decision through their local DMV (1). License office workers are the people on the front lines of service who have helped 160 million people across the country to register their decision to be a deceased organ, eye and tissue donor (2).
The work of DMVs across the country enables more lifesaving transplants to be performed every year. An increase in donation education and donor registrations have helped drive an increase in the number of lives saved through organ donation and transplantation each year for the past seven years (3).
During the third full week of September, the Donate Life Community will be celebrating this lifesaving partnership through education and outreach to thank DMV staff and leadership across the country. While this is a week-long celebration, Mid-America Transplant will be visiting local license offices to thank them for their commitment to saving lives throughout the entire month of September.
To register your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, please visit your local DMV or driver license partner office in-person or online. You can also register online in the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org or in your iPhone Health App. To learn more about the DLA DMV partnership and National DMV Appreciation Month, please visit DonateLife.net/DMV.
About Donate Life America (DLA)
Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissues available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.
1 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices, 2019, Report of Findings, Published February 2020, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation.
2 Donate Life America Registry Overview Reports (ROR), Year End 2019 Report, Donate Life America
3 Letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services. (2020). National DMV Appreciation Month Letter. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.