Why Donate


Your decision to become an organ, eye and tissue donor can save lives and provide hope to many people. Registering is as easy as checking the YES box at the DMV when you receive or renew your driver’s license or ID card. You can also register any time by clicking on the red donor heart seen at the top of your screen. It takes less than a minute but the impact can last years beyond your death.

Why should you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor?

  • More than 120,000 Americans are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
  • An average of 21 people die each day because there is a severe shortage of organs.
  • One organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance the lives of 50 or more people through tissue donation.
  • Organs that can be donated are the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small intestine.
  • Tissues that can be donated include the corneas, skin, bone, heart valves, skin, tendons, ligaments and veins.
  • Approximately 28,000 organ transplants are performed each year in the United States. Those lifesaving transplants were made possible by the selfless gifts of organ donors.
  • More than 1,000,000 tissue and cornea transplants are performed each year. Tissues can help a patient recover from burns, bone damage, spinal cord injuries, vision loss and other trauma.

Donation in Nevada

906,596 Nevadans are registered donors. That’s about 41% of our adult population.

(*as of 6/30/16)

557 Nevadans are in need of lifesaving transplants

  • Heart
  • 22
  • Kidney
  • 419
  • Kidney/Pancreas
  • 8
  • Liver
  • 103
  • Lung
  • 9
  • Pancreas
  • 4

(*as of 6/30/16)

(Note: The total number of patients in all organ types is less than the sum of the organs due to patients listed for multiple organs.)