Frequently Asked Questions about Organ Donation in Massachusetts

Becoming an organ donor in the State of Massachusetts is not only a big decision, but also a personal one. If you are considering becoming an organ donor, there might be questions you will have about the process.

How old do you have to be to join the registry?

In Massachusetts, as in many U.S. states, you must be at least 18 years old to register. If you are younger than 18, you will need your parents or legal guardian's consent to become an organ donor. Go to the Massachusetts Donor Registry Organ and Tissue Donor Program, or Donate Life New England websites to learn more.

Question when registering with Donate Life New England

Can I specify what organs and tissues I wish to donate?

Yes. You'll be able to designate specific organs or tissues on the enrollment form.

Is my donation information public or private?

Personal information in the donor registry can only be accessed by designated donation professionals. The information you provided on the donor registry cannot be shared with or sold to companies or government agencies.

Will a donor card be issued to me?

No. A donor card is not necessary. Federal regulations require all hospital deaths to be reported to the local organ procurement organization. This regulation makes it possible for the Donate Life New England Donor Registry to be checked every time a death is reported.