Posted on July 1, 2016 by cadmv
When you pay a visit to your local DMV field office, you have the power to save lives.
Today marks 10 years of partnership with Donate Life California. Since 2006, we’ve worked together to offer DMV customers applying for a new or renewed driver license or ID the opportunity to become organ and tissue donors.
Some stats worth celebrating from our decade of teamwork:
- An average of 20,000 new Californians register as donors every week
- More than 13.2 million have registered as a result of DMV’s participation
- 95% of all registrants to Donate Life are submitted through DMV
Checking “yes” on your driver license or ID application allows us to link you directly to the Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donor Registry—designated by that life-changing, life-saving pink dot on your license or ID card.
George Becker had that important designation. He signed up as a donor through DMV when he was 16, first getting his driver license. Six years later, a severe infection would take his life. But in turn, George gave three others.
When a rare genetic disorder wreaked havoc on 15-year-old Alfonso Garcia’s body, his liver began to shut down almost overnight. George’s gift changed all of that. His liver saved Alfonso’s life, and other organs would save two additional lives. In May of this year, Alfonso graduated from the University of San Francisco. He, his family and his donor family have all volunteered hundreds of hours for organ donation outreach. (Read more about Alfonso and George’s story here.)
We are more than proud to commemorate the anniversary of such a successful, and truly vital, collaboration.
Here’s to another decade of saving lives!
To register online today, visit donatelifecalifornia.org.
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Source: California DMV