Who can register?

Don’t exclude yourself!  Any one can register to be a donor!

Senior citizens and kids can register.  People who have medical conditions can register.

Even those who have had a transplant can register!  (The transplanted organ and tissue cannot be re-transplanted, but others can.)

It may be surprising to learn that there are very few medical rule-outs for donation. Even those who have had cancer, hepatitis or who can’t be blood donors may still be able to donate organs, corneas and / or tissue.  And, some conditions that might make a person ineligible for organ donation are not rule-outs for cornea and tissue donation, which are equally important.

In all donor cases, qualified physicians and medical personnel evaluate the suitability of organs and tissues at the time of death.  There is no way to know if and when a person may become a donor and what options may exist at that time.  Conditions that may rule out donation today may not in the future.

By registering, you leave the precious, lifesaving option of donation open, helping to ensure that no medically-viable organ or tissue is ever lost for lack of consent.

Amazing Fact:  In 2015, Christine Coffee of Arlington, Texas, became the a liver donor at the age of 90.  And, she’s not even the oldest organ donor in Texas!  Find out more.

Can a minor register?

Don’t exclude yourself from donation!  Register!

It may be surprising to learn that there are very few rule-outs for donation, and no health information is needed to join the donor registry.  People of all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities are encouraged to register.  Being registered allows your decision to be a donor known if and when that time comes.

In all donor cases, qualified physicians and medical personnel evaluate the suitability of organs, corneas and tissues at the time of death.  There is no way to know when a person may become a donor and what options may exist at that time.  Conditions that may rule out donation today may not in the future.

For those under 18 years of age, parental consent is not required to register, but it is required before donation.  Parents of young donors often say their child’s registration gave them peace of mind because it helped them know what their child would have wanted.

License to donate.
When teens apply for their learner’s permit and that first driver’s license, many proudly say “Yes” when asked by the driver’s license office staff if they would like to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.  Saying “Yes” will indeed register the new driver with Donate Life Texas.  However, until they are of legal age, parental consent is required at the time of death before donation can be considered.