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Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donor Program

Please help us save lives by joining the Wisconsin Donor Registry!

Graphic: Yes, I will DonateHaving your name included in the Registry means that you have authorized the gift of your organs, tissues, and eyes upon your death. Registering indicates legal consent for donation. This decision can save and improve lives through transplantation, therapy, research and education. Sign up today!

The need for organ, tissue, and eye donors is great. More than 122,000 people are listed on the national waiting list for organ transplants, and the list grows by 100 new names each day. In Wisconsin, over 2,300 people are included on the organ transplant waiting list. Sadly, 18 people die each day in this country because of a shortage of organ donations.

This DHS program works with other state and federal agencies, organ and tissue procurement organizations, and related groups to inform the public about the importance of organ and tissue donation. Together, this partnership works on events and initiatives designed to increase public awareness and understanding of donation and ultimately allow more people to receive the gift of life.

2ForLife: New Option to Save and Improve Lives

Beginning December 2, 2013, you can contribute $2 to help save and improve lives when renewing your driver’s license. Your contribution will help Donate Life Wisconsin (DLW) to support organ, tissue and eye donation education and services.

  • The need is growing; for every transplant done this year, two more people will be added to the wait list.
  • Every year, there is need for more than one million tissue transplants and 46,000 corneal transplants to improve lives across the U.S.
  • DLW—an affiliate of Donate Life America—is a collaborative of organizations and individuals working to solve this crisis in Wisconsin.

Join more than 2 million Wisconsinites by signing up to be an organ, tissue and eye donor at

View data regarding statewide donor intent

When applicants for a Wisconsin driver's license or state identification card visit a Department of Transportation Service Center (exit DHS), they are asked if they wish to register to be organ and tissue donors. The Department of Health Services accesses registrations, in aggregate, to maintain the Donor Designation Query System. This system provides statewide and regional data on donor designation for public education and awareness efforts.

Forms for organ, tissue and eye recovery organizations

Capital City 5K Run/Walk for Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation 

The Capital City 5K is presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin and Donate Life Wisconsin to promote awareness of organ donation and Wisconsin’s online Donor RegistryRegistration (exit DHS)

Helpful links for more information

All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

Contact UsGraphic: Donate Life Wisconsin

Martha Mallon
Division of Public Health, Room 218
1 W Wilson St
Madison, WI  53703
608-266-8925 (FAX)



Last Updated: July 14, 2014