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About the 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.

The Provincial Organ Donor Registry was created to legally record a person's decision regarding organ donation. The information in the registry can be accessed by BC Transplant at the time donation is considered. The decal system was more of an honour system, and not an official or legal record. 


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.

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.  

If you are under the age of 19, or would like to register your children, you may do so by completing the form with their personal health information and signing on their behalf. 

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

This is one of the questions we hear most often, and it’s a complex topic.

There is considerable evidence to suggest that strategies such as in-hospital transplant coordinators, education and training for medical professionals, and public education are more effective at increasing donor rates than presumed consent legislation. For example, Spain attributes its world-leading deceased donor rate primarily to its use of transplant coordinators, donation physicians and a robust education program for health care professionals with presumed consent legislation playing a lesser role.

For that reason, British Columbia is focused on first investing in these foundational elements to support and increase donation, including donation physicians, education of health care professionals, and implementation of donation after cardiac death. Without these foundational system elements in place, changing the consent legislation alone will not bring about the desired level of increase in donation.

Not sure if you're registered?

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

Frequently asked questions

Visit our ‘Organ Donation FAQs’ page for more information.

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.
SOURCE: About the Organ Donor Registry ( )
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