Register to be a donor

Organ transplants save thousands of lives each year. 

However, there are still hundreds more in Connecticut and thousands across the nation who are in need of transplants. The reason for the shortage is that many people do not properly declare their wishes to donate. 

To become an organ and/or tissue donor you should do one of the following:

  1. Register ONLINE as an organ and tissue donor!

  2. When obtaining/renewing your Connecticut driver’s license or ID card tell the DMV operator you would like to register yourself as a donor. A heart will appear on the front of your license or ID card, and your designation will be included in the Department of Motor Vehicle registry database.

  3. You should tell your family about your decision so they understand your wishes. If there is no designation on your driver’s license or other legal means of donor designation, the final decision about organ and tissue donation will be made by your family. Your wishes can also be made through advance directives and living wills.

Join the Donor Registry Online from any computer by clicking here.

The New England online donor registry offers a way to securely and confidentially register as an organ and tissue donor so you can join over 86 million Americans who have already made the decision to Donate Life!

Not a resident of New England, but want to register as a donor?  Go to
Donate Life America to find out how to register in your home state. 

Understanding DONATION


Organ Donation

Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person.  Organ donation can occur with:

  • a deceased donor, who can give kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, intestinal organs

  • a living donor, who can give a kidney, or a portion of the liver, lung, intestine, or pancreas

Cornea Donation

Cornea donation is necessary for the preservation and restoration of sight. That's because the cornea is the clear dome-like window covering the front of the eye that allows the light to pass through to the retina, which enables us to see.

When consent for donation is given, corneas must be surgically removed from a deceased donor within twelve hours of their death. Very few conditions exclude people from cornea donation.

Tissue Donation

Donated tissues such as skin, bone and heart valves can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives.

Most tissues are donated after death by people who previously committed to donation. Unlike organs, tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after a person's heart has stopped beating.


Living donation offers another choice for transplant candidates, and it saves two lives: the recipient and the next one on the deceased organ waiting list. Even better, kidney and liver patients who are able to receive a living donor transplant can receive the best quality organ much sooner, often in less than a year. Click here to learn more about Living Donation.

Transplant Program Contact Information


Yale New Haven Health Transplant Program

Address:  800 Howard Ave, New Haven, CT 06519

Phone(203) 785-2565



Hartford Hospital Transplant Program

Address:   85 Seymour St #320, Hartford, CT 06106

Phone(860) 972-4219

Useful links about donation

There are many organizations and online resources dedicated to educating and offering outreach for those interested in organ and tissue donation.
The Donate Life America website.
Donate Life America developed this website to address misinformation and mistrust of the transplant network and the healthcare system in general among Hispanics.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services donation website.
This website serves as host for an in-depth web documentary focusing on organ and tissue transplantation in America.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) website.
The American Society of Multicultural Health and Transplant Professionals (ASMHTP) website.