Why ‘Donate Life’?

Colorado’s Donate Life License Plate will be available at your local Title and Registration Office beginning January 1, 2010.

The cost of the plate is $50, but the impact of saying ‘yes’ to organ and tissue donation is endless.

Organ, eye and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives and return them to their families, friends and communities.  Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine.  It provides hope to thousands of people with organ failure.  In addition, transplanted tissue offers hundreds of thousands of people active and renewed lives.  But transplantation requires the commitment of organ, eye and tissue donors.  Unfortunately, the need for donors is much greater than the number of people who actually donate.

You have the power to Donate Life

As a donor, you can save and enhance the lives of more than 100 people.  Donated organs and tissue may include the following:

Organs: heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas.

Tissue: bones, corneas, heart valves, skin, tendons, veins.

How the donation process works

Your commitment to donation will not interfere with your medical care.  Organ, eye and tissue donation becomes an option only after all lifesaving efforts have been made.  Consent for donation is confirmed, and your family is asked to participate in the process by providing your medical history.  Surgical procedures are used to recover donated organs, eyes and tissue.  The body is always treated with great care, respect and dignity.

Who receives donated organs and tissue

Organs are distributed based upon medical information like blood type, body size, and tissue type matching through a national computer network operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).  It is illegal to distribute organs based on non-medical information such as wealth, citizenship or celebrity status.  Tissue is distributed based upon patient need, availability and medical criteria.

How you can make a difference

Become one of the more than 60 million Americans who have registered their decision to be organ and tissue donors!

Every individual has the right to decide to donate their organs and tissues at the time of their death by making their wishes known in a confidential donor registry database.  You can enroll in the Colorado Donor Registry in several ways:

– First, check your driver’s license or state ID card.  If you have a heart or the word “donor” on the front, you are already enrolled in the Colorado Donor Registry and do not need to take further steps unless you would like to update your record.

Complete and return a donor registry form.

Sign-up online through the Colorado Donor Registry at http://donatelifecolorado.org or call (888) 256-4386.

Say “yes” when obtaining or renewing your driver’s license at the Division of Motor Vehicles.

As always, it is important to notify your family of your decision to be an organ and tissue donor to avoid any confusion or delays.

If you’d like to register your intent to Donate Life in a state other than Colorado, you can look up your state’s laws at DonateLife.net.

Help raise awareness

Show your support for organ and tissue donation by purchasing Colorado’s Donate Life specialty license plate!

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