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About the Organ Donor Registry

BC Transplant’s Organ Donation Registry is the primary way British Columbians can record their decision about organ donation. 

How does the registry work?

To be an organ donor in BC, a person must be in a critical care unit on a breathing machine, with no hope of recovery. Once the declaration of death has been made or when death is imminent, hospital staff will contact BC Transplant to check if the patient has registered a decision in the Organ Donor Registry. If the patient is registered, BC Transplant will print a copy of the registration form and share it with the patient's family as part of the conversation about organ donation.

For more information on the organ donation process, see Organ Donation.

Everyone is encouraged to register their decision for organ donation in the Organ Donor Registry. There are no restrictions in terms of age, sexual orientation, previous or current medical conditions, or where you've previously lived.


In order to register your decision, you’ll need:

  • your BC Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • your name, birth date and address
  • to be at least 19 years old - or have a parent/guardian sign on your behalf if you are under the age of 19

Note: If you are a member of the military and you do not have a BC PHN, please complete a paper form (PDF) and mail it to BC Transplant – we will complete the registration process once we receive your form.

Registering your decision for organ donation is easy — all you need to do is complete a registration form. This can be done:

You can also download and print out a form (PDF) that can be mailed to:

BC Transplant
260-1770 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6J 4Y6

For more information on the organ donation process, visit our Organ Donation information pages.

We also have answers to the most common questions about organ donation on our Organ Donation FAQs page.


Note: You cannot choose to register your decision for organ donation and donate your body to science. If you prefer to donate your body to science, please contact the UBC Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at: or call 604-822-2578.

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