In response to some inquiries about Illinois’ new organ/tissue donor registry that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2006, I’ve provided an explanation below detailing the law change. Two important points:
1. The state could not automatically transfer names from the old registry to the new one, thus the need to re-register. Anyone who has registered as a donor after Jan. 1, 2006, is included in the new registry.
2. You only need to register in the new registry once and you’re set.
About Illinois’ New Donor Registry and Why It’s Important to Re-Register
Put away the pens. You no longer need to sign the back of your driver’s license or make sure your family will give additional consent for you to become a donor after you register as an organ/tissue donor. Illinois’ new donor registry makes your decision legally binding and ensures your wishes will be honored.
Managed by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, Illinois’ new organ/tissue donor registry is a confidential computerized database that documents a person’s consent to be a donor. Under a state law that went into effect Jan. 1, 2006, registration makes your decision to be a donor legally binding. Additional witnesses or family consent is no longer required, although donation agencies will keep family members informed at the time of your death and provide information afterward.
Adults only. Although it is still important to learn about and discuss organ donation with your family at an early age, only adults 18 years or older can legally register as an organ/tissue donor in Illinois. Virtually anyone can become a donor; medical eligibility is determined at the time of an individual’s death.
The new registry ensures your wishes will be honored and ultimately help save hundreds of more lives every year—when everyone who was registered in the old registry re-registers in the new one. The state could not automatically transfer names from the old registry to the new one, thus the need to re-register. Anyone who has registered as a donor after Jan. 1, 2006, is included in the new registry.
Illinoisans can register to become organ donors by visiting the campaign site at www.IAmAreYou.org , filling out a donor registration card, visiting any Illinois state driver’s license facility; or by calling the Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106.
NOW! It takes 30 seconds to go online to www.IAmAreYou.org and register or re-register your decision to be an organ/tissue donor to ensure you are part of the new registry.
Last, I leave you with an outstanding story from this past weekend about our campaign launch and the need for registrations in Illinois by the Daily Hearld’s Josh Stockinger: