The following community partners make Lifeline of Ohio’s mission to save and heals lives a reality. We thank them for their continued partnership and support for donation.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

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 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, BMV employees are providing hope to the thousands of men, women, and children waiting for a lifesaving organ 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 (ODR), 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 ODR to determine if an individual has made a donation decision.

The creation of the ODR 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 donation, to register that decision and to share their decision with their family.

An individual may register as a donor in the following ways:

  1. Say “Yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation when asked at the BMV when receiving or renewing a driver license or state identification card.
  2. Register online
  3. Fill out and return an ODR Enrollment brochure. Brochures can be picked up 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

Funeral Homes

Lifeline of Ohio is dedicated to working with families to facilitate their loved one’s donation. In working with families we are also partnering with the funeral home, caring for the families we share.

We work with hundreds of funeral homes throughout our service are and we have staff available to answer any questions related to the donation process. Please contact us for additional information.



Lifeline of Ohio works with 78 hospital partners in central and southeast Ohio and West Virginia to support organ, eye and tissue donation. The Lifeline of Ohio Hospital Relations department is made up of representatives 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.