5 Million Californians Say Yes to Organ Donation
California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Media Relations
July 21 , 2009
Sacramento The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in partnership with Donate Life California, announced today that 5 million Californians have signed up to become organ and tissue donors--making California the largest organ and tissue donor registry in the nation.
“We are very proud that this partnership is truly making a difference and saving lives. Our customers have come to know that taking one minute to mark the “yes” box on an application could mean a lifetime to someone else,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “At the DMV, we have seen first-hand the importance of organ donation. Some of our own employees have donated organs to loved ones, received transplants themselves or are still in need of life-saving donations.”
Since 2006, customers can sign up to be an organ or tissue donor while applying for or renewing their driver licenses/ID cards at the DMV. With more that 21,000 people in California on the waiting list for life saving organs and tissues, DMV customers have stepped up to the cause by marking the “yes” box on their applications to be placed on the official organ donor registry. Currently, more than 150,000 Californians register as organ donors each month, with 98 percent through the DMV process.
For more additional online information about Donate Life California and the organ and tissue donation process, visit www.donatelifecalifornia.com.
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