Monroe DMV leads in organ donor recruitment

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 03:25 PM

Donate Life NC recognized examiners at the Monroe Driver’s License Office for having the highest rate of donor sign-ups in its district in 2012.

When people come in to get or renew their driver’s license, they have the option to register through the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles to donate organs and eyes. Monroe’s office added 60.6 percent of its customers to the database. The average sign-up rate in North Carolina was 51.9 percent.

“We really appreciate the Monroe DMV staff’s effort to get people signed up,” Donate Life NC Program Manager Katie Paulson said. “And we also appreciate all the people in the community who are signing up. We don’t like to think about what happens after we die, but the fact is that organ donation can save lives and improve other people’s lives.”

About 99 percent of organ donors in North Carolina register through the NCDMV. Registering online gives people more specific control over which organs are donated and opting in for donating tissue and veins.

This is the third year the Monroe DMV office received the district award. Each donor represents the possibility of saving eight lives with organ donations and helping 50 more.

“In North Carolina, there are just a little under 3,400 people waiting for organ transplants,” Paulson said.

The Monroe DMV staff won the award for consistently asking customers if they would like to sign up.

“We look very closely at where people are getting their driver’s licenses renewed,” she said. “In big cities like Charlotte that have a long wait, you’ll see people going to offices in smaller towns to maybe avoid waiting so long.”

When people have questions about organ donation, Paulson said the Monroe staff are informed enough to explain how the registry works and why it is vital that more people add their name to the list. Accidents are an unfortunate fact of life, but a tragedy can result in saving others’ lives.

About 18 people die each day nationwide for lack of replacement organs, according to Donate Life NC. People who agree to be added to the donor list get a license with a small red heart at the bottom. In 2012, 300,000 state residents saved lives by donating organs.

To learn more or to sign up for the state donor registry, visit DonateLifeNC.org.