The following community partners make Lifeline of Ohio’s mission a reality. We thank them for their partnership in the process to save lives.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Making a difference on the front lines of donation

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is often the place where people are first asked if they want to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. BMV agency employees are an integral part of the donation process.  Simply by asking those who are receiving or renewing their driver license or state identification card if they want to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, the BMV employees on the front lines are providing hope to the thousands of men, women, and children waiting for a life-saving transplant.

The BMV involvement in the donation process does not stop at the agency counter.  They are also responsible for maintaining the Ohio Donor Registry, which is a secure database that contains the names of registered organ, eye and tissue donors in Ohio.  After a death has occurred, the local organ procurement organization can access the Registry to determine if an individual has made a donation decision.

The creation of the Ohio Donor Registry in July 2002, means an individual’s decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor is an advanced directive and cannot be altered or changed by their next-of-kin.  It is important to note that for anyone under the age of 18, a parent or guardian can amend or revoke a donation decision.  Lifeline of Ohio encourages all Ohioans to make a decision regarding organ and tissue donation, to register that decision and to share their wishes with their family.

An individual may register their donation decision any of the following ways:

  1. Say “Yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation when asked at the BMV when renewing a driver license or state identification card.
  2. Register online
  3. Fill out and return an Ohio Donor Registry Enrollment brochure.  Brochures can be obtained at any BMV or by contacting Lifeline of Ohio.

Additionally, Ohioans can show their support for organ, eye and tissue donation by purchasing a Donate License plate, which is available for purchase at any BMV or by logging on to

Funeral Homes

Lifeline of Ohio is dedicated to working with funeral directors and the families we share to honor their loved one’s decision for donation.

Please direct donor families to our section for materials on bereavement and information about memorials for organ and tissue donors.

The Lifeline of Ohio staff is available to answer any of your questions or concerns and we want to work closely with you to keep the lines of communication open so that both your needs and the needs of the donor family are met.


Lifeline of Ohio works with 78 hospital partners in central and southeast Ohio to support organ and tissue donation. The Lifeline of Ohio Hospital Relations department is made up of representatives and in-house coordinators who assist hospitals with training and education. If you are a hospital employee and would like a presentation or educational materials for staff or patients, please contact us.