Ask Libby: Do I have to wait to renew my license to designate as a donor?

Libby Wolfe is the Project Manager at The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. Her main role is to act as a liaison and maintain a relationship with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. She often hears the same questions being asked while traveling between Maryland MVA branches and we thought it would be great to let her sound off on some of these questions. Libby will address a common question related to the Maryland donor registry in Ask Libby, a special feature on our blog, each month. Enjoy, and feel free to e-mail her your questions at lwolfe@thellf.org.

Dear Pam,

Thanks for the great question.  I’m glad to know you learned more about the organ donation process and have made the decision to designate.  If you did not designate as an organ, eye and tissue donor during your last license or state ID transaction at the MVA, it’s actually quite easy to update your designation as a donor.  You can chose to either go online or visit a branch at anytime, no matter when your license expires:

  • Go online to www.donatelifemaryland.org and register as a donor.  Although a heart will not appear on your license, Donate Life Maryland will add your name to the Maryland Donor Registry. 
  • Visit your local MVA branch and let them know you wish to update your donor designation on your ID or license.  As long as you are not changing any other personal information on your ID or license, the MVA will update your designation and provide a new product at no charge.  

I always encourage people to share their donor designation with family members and friends.  No one likes to talk about death, but it is more helpful to have this discussion with our family while we are alive. 

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About libbydwolfe

Libby Wolfe is the Executive Director for Donate Life Maryland. She has over a decade of experience in the communications field working primarily in advertising and marketing. She is motivated everyday to encourage more Marylanders to say YES to organ donation and meet the need of those awaiting a transplant.
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