Harrisburg, PA – In conjunction with the national observance of Donate Life Month in April, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising Pennsylvanians that driver’s license and identification (ID) card holders can easily help another person live a fuller, longer life by registering as an organ donor.
“Potential donors considering adding the organ donor designation to their driver’s license or ID card do not have to wait for their renewal notices to take action,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Making the decision today to become an organ donor can potentially lead to saving a life.”
To add the organ donor designation to an existing driver’s license or ID card today, visit www.dmv.pa.gov and select the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon in the middle column of the page. Once the designation is added, individuals will receive a designation card that they must carry with them to affirm organ donor status until they renew or replace their driver’s license or ID card. There is no charge for adding the designation to your driver’s license or ID card.
More than 48 percent of current driver’s license and ID card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.77 million Pennsylvanians. More than 7,500 Pennsylvanians currently await organ transplants.
Driver’s license and ID card holders, as well as registered vehicle owners, can also support organ donation programs by donating $1 to the Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund at the time of application and/or renewal. Proceeds from the fund are used to educate and promote awareness of the organ donor program through non-profit organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and the Gift of Life Donor Program. Pennsylvanians have generously donated more than $14.5 million to the fund to date.
As part of ongoing efforts to increase awareness of organ and tissue donation, video monitors featuring educational content are installed at 20 PennDOT photo license centers. More information on organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania can be found at www.donatelifepa.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Campbell, 717-787-0485
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