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Organ Donor Registry

In 1997, BC Transplant’s Organ Donation Registry replaced all previous ways of indicating your decision about organ donation.

How does the registry work?

To be an organ donor in BC you 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, BC Transplant will be contacted by the hospital staff to check the Organ Donor Registry to verify if the patient registered their decision. If a decision is recorded, BC Transplant will print a copy of the registration form and share the information with the family. The conversation with the family about organ donation will then continue.

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

Who can register their decision?

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

What do I need to register my decision?

In order to register your wishes, you must complete a registration form. To do this, 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 the minor's behalf
Note: If you are a member of the military and you do not have a BC PHN, please complete a paper form and mail it to BC Transplant – we will complete the registration process once we receive your form.  

Once you’ve registered your decision, have a conversation about your wishes with your family. You only need to register your decision once.

How can I register my decision?

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

  • Online from any computer or mobile device 
  • By paper form, which are available at:
    • All Service BC offices
    • All ICBC offices
    • BC Transplant head office

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

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

Translated registration forms are available in the following languages:

Not sure if you're registered?

You can verify your registration online—all you need is your Personal Health Number (PHN/Care Card).

SOURCE: Organ Donor Registry ( )
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