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Organ Donation

Organ Donation

Carolina Donor Services covers the eastern portion of North Carolina and provides services to Robeson County.  Carolina Donor Services is a non-profit organization with the mission of passing of the heroic gift of life from one human being to another through organ and tissue donation. The organization is staffed to coordinate the entire organ and tissue donation process  and to provide education and advocacy to increase the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors and to deliver the most sensitive approach to organ and tissue donation.

Carolina Donor Services has three main offices - Durham - Greenville and Winston-Salem. For more information, contact us at

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that there are nearly 3,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in North Carolina?

  • Did you know that One organ donor can save up to eight lives and One tissue donor can save or improve the quality of life for up to 50 people?

  • Did you know that through the North Carolina Heart Prevails Law (Session Law 2007-538), if you have registered your decision to be a donor your wishes cannot be overturned by others. It relieves the family of making this decision on your behalf, so please be sure to tell them when you join the registry.

  • Did you know that if you die at home your organs cannot be used for transplants. However, tissue and eye donation can occur when someone dies at home. Organs must have a continuous blood and oxygen supply to be suitable for transplantation. Only individuals who die in the hospital have the potential to be organ donors.

There are three ways to register to donate your organs:

1. When you get your license renewed at DMV,  you can join  many others who have agreed to donate organs upon death.  A Heart on the license places you into DMV donor registry. It is LEGAL first person consent – NEXT OF KIN CAN NOT OVERRIDE.


2. Register online at If you register online at, you can be more specific about your donation wished. For example, you can choose which organs or tissues you want to donate - and exclude those you do not want to donate. You can also register your decision about the disposition of your organs/tissues/eyes in case they cannot be used for transplant.

3. Complete a paper enrollment form and mail it to Carolina Donor Services.

Other Things You Should Know About Organ Donation:

1. Persons under the age of 18 will need the consent of the next of kin in order to register.


2. The DMV organ donation registry cover ONLY ORGAN AND EYE donations. It does not cover TISSUE.


3. If you opt to carry a Donor Card instead of using the DMV registry,  please know that Donor cards are still legal consent, but there is no database for them.

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