The organ donor program in Maryland is managed by Donate Life Maryland which works in conjunction with the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium if you live in Charles, Prince Georges or Montgomery County. You must be at least 18 years old to be an organ donor. However, minors who are 15 years and 9 months old may add an organ donor designation if a parent or legal guardian consents in writing. Click here for more information about the MVA’s Organ Donor Program.
You will be asked about becoming an organ donor whenever you complete a Driver Services transaction such as license renewal. However, you can also request the MVA’s assistance in becoming a donor designee or donating money to the Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Fund at any time. Note that it is possible for you to get the organ donor designation without involving the MVA; see the Donate Life Maryland's website for more information. Also, you can decide to remove the organ donor designation at any time.
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is now printing/mailing one of the most secure driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and identification (ID) cards in the nation. All cards are now delivered through the mail within 7-10 business days. The new cards incorporate cutting-edge security features to help protect against identity theft and fraud. The new cards also meet all state and federal standards and are REAL ID compliant. As always, we encourage customers to Skip the Trip and renew their driver’s license or ID card via web, kiosk and mail. The MVA’s online services can be found here. Much more information on our new secure cards, including how to expedite delivery of the new products, can be found here.
How can I volunteer to become an organ donor through the MVA?
The MVA offers several methods by which you can submit your organ donation designation request. The chart below shows the available options and the MVA’s procedures:
1. When you apply in person for any Driver Services product (e.g., license renewal)
As part of your MVA transaction, the Customer Agent will ask you to read and answer the organ donation questions displayed on the computer screen. You can respond that you want to:
Your request then will be submitted to Donate Life Maryland.
1. If you volunteer to be an organ donor, you can choose if you want the heart symbol on your driver's license or ID card. The front of your card may or may not show the symbol, based on how you answer the question about placing the organ donor heart on it.
|2. When you go Online or if you visit the MVA and use the KIOSK terminal (if eligible) to apply for any Driver Services product (e.g. license renewal)|
As part of your MVA transaction the system will ask you if you want to:
3. When you return the Maryland Mail-In Driver’s License Renewal Application (form #DL-179A or #DL-179B)
When the MVA receives your completed renewal application, the MVA will update its database to reflect your donor status. Your request then will be submitted to Donate Life Maryalnd and to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the Donor Registry.
1. Only certain customers can renew their driver’s license by mail. For more information about this process, see Renewing a Noncommercial Driver’s License.
2. If you volunteer to be an organ donor, you can choose if you want the heart symbol on your driver's license or ID card. The front of your card may or may not show the symbol, based on how you answer the question about placing the organ donor heart on it.
4. When you return the card from the organ donor request form (#DL-087)
When the MVA receives your organ donor form (#DL-087), the MVA will update its database to reflect your donor status designation.
1. The MVA has a brochure entitled The Organ Donor Program, Give the Gift of Life (form #DL-087), which includes a tear-off organ donor request form.
If you select “YES” to register to become an organ donor and you select “YES” to have the red heart organ donor symbol, it will be placed on your driver's license or identification card. The symbol will remain on all future licenses or ID cards unless you decide to have it removed. If you wish to remove the designation or the red heart symbol, you may request a corrected driver's license or ID card through the MVA's web site or in person at any full service MVA office.
- There is no fee associated with adding or removing an organ donor designation or the red heart symbol.
- There is no fee for obtaining a corrected driver's license or ID card if your only change involves your organ donation designation or the red heart symbol.
Organ Donor Program
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062