FAQs2018-01-04T19:00:38+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY SHOULD I REGISTER AS A DONOR?2018-01-01T19:27:52+00:00

Nearly 1,000 Kentuckians are currently on waiting lists for life-saving organ transplants.  Some of these patients will die waiting.  Hundreds more are waiting for life-enhancing cornea and tissue transplants.  You can give HOPE simply by being a registered donor!

While the number of donations and success rates have increased in recent years, so has medical science’s ability to save more lives with organ transplantation, as well as the need for donated organs & tissues.  A single organ and tissue donor can help up to 50 people in need.

If you wish to give hope, please join the Registry today:

  • Place your name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry by visiting www.donatelifeky.org.
  • Kentucky drivers may also enter their names on the registry when they renew their driver’s license at their Circuit Clerk’s office.
  • Tell your family of your decision.
  • Share your decision on your Facebook Timeline – click “Life Events” – “Health & Wellness” – “Organ Donor”
IF I’VE SIGNED THE BACK OF MY LICENSE, AM I A REGISTERED DONOR?2018-01-01T19:29:00+00:00

Not necessarily.  It is most important that your name is on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry to state your wishes to help others.  Today’s technology allows the confidential registry database to be accessed at any time, while the physical license/ID may not be available when the decision of donation is considered.  No ER Doctor or nurse have access to this confidential Registry.  It is only accessible by certain OPO personnel.  The Registry is treated like a will, meaning your wishes to help others will be honored.  Join online www.donatelifeky.org and say YES when you renew your license at your Circuit Court Clerk’s office.  You do NOT have to sign the back of your license anymore.

WHAT IS THE NEW ORGAN DONOR HEART ICON?2018-01-01T19:29:26+00:00

When you renew your KY driver’s license or ID card at your Circuit Court Clerks’ office, you are asked if you would like to become a registered organ donor. Beginning Jan., 2013, when you say “YES” and join the Registry, you will have the option to have a blue heart shape icon with the words “organ donor” printed on the front of your license.

I DON’T HAVE THE BLUE HEART YET.  HOW DO I MAKE SURE I’M REGISTERED?2018-01-01T19:30:17+00:00

You can check if you are on the KY Organ Donor Registry by going to this link: www.donatelifeky.org/Account/ChangeRegistration.Just type in your Driver’s License Number and zip code. If it doesn’t recognize your current zip code – try your previous zip code. If that doesn’t work, simply go to the homepage www.donatelifeky.org and join today! Any confusion?  Simply call our office, and we can help you over the phone – 1-866-945-5433.

WHERE DO THE DOLLAR DONATIONS GO?2018-01-01T19:30:52+00:00

Your dollar donation at driver’s license goes to support a separate 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to public education about the mission of organ donation in Kentucky called the Trust For Life.  With the funds raised, the Trust educates through strategic public relations initiatives.  From high school presentations to statewide PSA’s, these programs work to dispel myths and encourage everyone to register as a donor to give hope to those waiting.  Learn more about programs & events here: http://www.trustforlife.org/events

WILL REGISTERING ON KENTUCKY’S ORGAN DONOR REGISTRY AFFECT THE LEVEL OF MEDICAL CARE I RECEIVE IN THE HOSPITAL?2018-01-01T19:32:05+00:00

Absolutely not! The level of medical care is always based on the determination of what is best for you to preserve your life and improve your health. A transplant team will not be involved at all until all possible efforts to save your life have failed. The criteria used to determine brain death are very strict. Doctors involved in treating a patient cannot be involved in donation or transplantation.  You do not have to sign your license anymore, therefore hospital personnel will not know you are a registered donor.  Only OPO personnel can access the Registry.

WILL MY FAMILY HAVE TO PAY FOR THE REMOVAL OF MY ORGANS OR TISSUES?2018-01-01T19:32:36+00:00

No. Donation costs nothing to the donor’s family or estate. Organ procurement expenses are absorbed by the transplant center, the recipient, or in some cases, the federal government.

HOW DO I UPDATE OR REMOVE MY INFORMATION FROM THE REGISTRY?2018-01-01T19:31:29+00:00

Click this link: www.donatelifeky.org/Account/ChangeRegistration.  Type in your Driver’s License Number and zip code. If you’ve never logged in before, click “I do not have a login”.  You will be asked to create a password.  Then you will see your Registry details.  If you wish to remove your name from the Registry, click “Not a donor” and click submit.

WILL DONATION ALLOW ME TO HAVE A NORMAL FUNERAL?2018-01-01T19:44:22+00:00

The recovery of lifesaving and life-enhancing organs and tissues typically allow for customary funeral arrangements.  KODA works collaboratively with the donor’s family & their funeral home.  An open viewing funeral is possible in most cases.  The utmost degree of dignity and respect is always shown for the donor.

More questions?  We’re here to help.  Feel free to call our office and talk openly about any questions you may have.  Our toll-free number is 1-866-945-5433.  We are open regular business hours, Eastern Standard Time.

To understand donation further, please visit http://www.kyorgandonor.org.

DOES MY RELIGION OBJECTS TO ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION?2018-01-01T19:42:40+00:00

Faith leaders around the world support such donations as expressions of the highest humanitarian ideals. The gift of an organ or tissue essential to the life of another human being is consistent with the principals of religious teachings. If you have more questions, contact your religious leader or visit https://organdonor.gov/about/donors/religion.html.

Read an article from The Record by Fr. Bryan Lamberson, MA, MDiv

IF I WANT TO DONATE MY BODY TO SCIENCE, CAN I BE A REGISTERED ORGAN DONOR?2018-01-01T19:43:42+00:00

If you join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry AND sign up to donate your body to science, please note that if you become an organ donor, some medical schools will not take your body for science.  If saving lives through organ donation is not possible after your death, then your wish to donate your body to science is still possible.