Giving life a second chance.
When you obtain your driving license, you will be asked, “Do you wish
to be an organ donor?” If you say “yes”, what does that mean?
• “Yes” means that you want to give someone a very special gift…a second
chance at life. It means that you have decided to give organs or tissues
after your death to people who urgently need a transplant. The title
“organ donor” with a red heart will appear on your license.
• The urgent need for organ transplants grows daily with tens of thousands
of people waiting nationally. Someone is added to the list every ten
minutes, and approximately 18 people will die each day while waiting for
an organ. Your choice to become an organ donor can make a life-saving
difference for these critically ill people.
• The decision to donate is a personal one, but one which should be shared
with your family. If you have questions, call the Alabama Organ Center
Common Myths about Donation
Myth: Becoming a donor will affect my medical care if I am in an accident.
Fact: If you are admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save
Myth: Organ donation disfigures the body.
Fact: Organs and tissues are removed in an operation performed by spe-
cially trained medical professionals. Your body is treated with respect and an
open casket funeral is possible after donation.
Myth: If you agree to donate your family will be charged.
Fact: There is no financial cost to the donor’s family or estate for organ
or tissue donation. Funeral costs and the costs incurred in saving your life
remain the responsibility of the family.
Myth: Having “organ donor” on your driver’s license or carrying a donor card
is all you have to do to become a donor.
Fact: While donation can legally occur with these documents, it is important
to discuss your decision with your family to ensure they understand your
wishes. All people who indicate their donation wishes on their driver’s license
will have their name added to