What does joining the Donor Registry mean?

Every individual has the right to decide to register to donate their organs and tissues at the time of their death. On October 15, 2001, recovery agencies in Colorado began enforcing a law enacted by the Colorado State Legislature in 1998. The law established a centralized, confidential online registry for every Coloradan that has decided to be an organ and tissue donor.

Colorado is a first person consent state, meaning that when you register to be an organ and tissue donor, you are making an advanced directive that will be honored at the time of your death if you are eligible to be a donor.

Your decision to donate takes priority over your family’s preferences. Please tell your family today about your decision to save lives.

  • Being on the Donate Life Colorado Registry means that you have elected to have all of your organs and tissues made available for transplant and/or research at the time of your death. It is good to communicate your decision to be a donor with your family.
  • When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, your registration remains in effect until you revoke it. You can change your registration status any time by visiting DonateLifeColorado.org or when visiting the driver license office.
  • If you are an eligible donor, your family will be informed of your decision at the time of your death and asked to provide information about your medical and behavioral history.
  • If you wish to only donate certain organs and/or tissue, you may list restrictions when filling out the online registry form on this site [in the ‘any additional comments’ section; please no commentary]. Single restrictions are recorded in the donor registry.
  • The registry will only accommodate restrictions or exclusions related to individual organs or tissues that can be removed for purposes of transplantation, medical education or research. Organs are distributed according to national guidelines and regulations set up by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Tissue donation and transplantation is overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • The Donate Life Colorado Organ and Tissue Donor Registry ensures that your decision about donation will be known and acted upon.
  • Personal information in the registry is only accessible to designated medical professionals.
  • The information on the registry cannot be shared with or sold to companies and government agencies.