New Wisconsin Online Organ Donor Registry

Donate Life HandsIn April 2010, Donate Life Wisconsin will open the doors of it’s new website,, to online organ donation registration.

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This is a first in Wisconsin’s history as they move from registering your choice to become an organ donor from the Wisconsin Department of Transplant (DOT) to a simple-to use online form to clearly move participants from the status of organ donor intent to organ donor authorization.

What does this mean for Wisconsin residents?

The status of intent means that Wisconsin residences have notified their intent to become an organ donor to the state through adding the famous orange dot to their driver’s license. However, family members can easily reject the use of a loved one’s organs, tissue and eyes for donation when the decision to do so is almost unbearable.

The status of authorization acts as a health care proxy to have the potential organ donor’s decision made clear when the time comes to donate. This acts as a double opt-in system that healthcare professionals can easily look up to verify the deceased last wishes.

The online registry will give the opportunity for a person to have their final wishes heard more clearly should there be any confusion upon their death.

The online registry:

  • Is totally secure as only healthcare professionals with highly secure codes can access the system.
  • Conforms to HIPPA laws.
  • Can be easily updated to add or remove yourself from them registry at any time.
  • Will replace the orange stickers on your driver’s license.

Those currently listed as a registered organ, tissue and eye donor through the Wisconsin DOT will slowly be moved over to the system as they renew their driver’s license or take initiative to go online to after April 1st, 2010 to authorize their consent to be a life-saving hero.

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After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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  • Carole Rule

    How do I register to be a Donor?? My card I received at a meeting indicated that I should contact ……Can’t seem to find correct place to register…..???????

    • You tell your family your decision to be an organ donor and sign your driver’s license. Each state is different but that is the one common process in the US.

  • Scott

    Your link to is broken, you pointed it at Nice blog post, thanks for sharing it!

    • Thanks for catching the broken link! It’s been updated.

  • Jean

    I am so happy for the state of Wisconsin. Kentucky was the 43rd state to get a statewide registry. As a six-organ transplant recipient, I work every day to “grow” the registry and end the wait. I am the president of the Lexington -Central Ky. Second Chance @ Life group and have just been given a position on the Kentucky Coalition re organ, eye, and tissue donation.
    Donate Life Wisconsin!
    Donate Life Kentucky!
    Donate Life America!
    Donate Life World!
    Love, Jean

  • David J Undis

    Your story about Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

    Over 50% of the people on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.