DPS reports more than 8M tissue, organ donor registrants in Texas

More than one million new donors were registered by the Texas Department of Public Safety through the Donate Life Texas registry in 2015, raising the total number of potential donors to more than eight million. Currently, there are more than 120,000 people on the transplant list across the country and more than 13,000 in Texas. The database is a list of people who are willing to give consent to donate organs to help those waiting for transplant.

In a release from Texas DPS, director Steven McCraw said, “With the simple act of choosing to register as a potential donor, one person can significantly impact or even save the life of many others. DPS is proud to have provided millions of generous Texans with a convenient way to join the Donate Life Registry during driver license transactions, and we look forward to the continued growth of the registry.”

Donate Life Texas Executive Director Suzy Miller said, “Since 2006, more than eight million people have joined the Donate Life Texas donor registry through DPS.  Of those, 816 became donor heroes, making more than 2,600 organ transplants possible along with thousands more cornea and tissue transplants. The customer service representatives at the DPS driver license offices are essential to this lifesaving effort because they make it easy and convenient for Texans to join the donor registry.”

Created in 2005 by the 79th Texas Legislature, the registration process has been instituted and streamlined by DPS training to increase participation. Texas drivers who complete registration while applying or renewing their Texas driver’s license and register through DPS automatically have a heart symbol added to their license.

In Texas, according to Donate Life Texas, in 2015, 250 DPS-registered donors made 751 transplants possible.

For more information about donatelifetexas.org.For local information, contact the Turn the Paige Foundation at ttpf2009@hotmail.com.