So why aren't there more organs available in California?

Because in California, like most other states in the nation, you must specifically request to become an organ donor at the Department of Motor Vehicles when you're there to get or renew your driver's license. No one asks you if you want to become a donor. And there's no marketing campaign to make you aware of this opportunity, either, so unless you know about it and unless you specifically ask, nobody is going to ask you, nobody is going to give you this opportunity. And yet even with this obscure procedure over 20 percent of Californians have signed up to be organ donors, which is fantastic. But imagine what it could be if everyone knew of this opportunity. And that's what the Governor's bill will do. It will simply require the DMV to ask you if you'd like to become an organ donor. That's it. Asking this one simple question may double the number of transplant organs available in California - one simple question. And that's a very high return on investment, especially for the over 20,000 Californians currently waiting for an organ transplant.

~ Steve Jobs, announcing the bill SB 1395 amendment at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, October 2010.

BILL NUMBER: SB 1395 has been amended with the following:

(b) (1) On and after July 1, 2011, an application for an original or renewal driver's license or identification card shall contain a space for the applicant to enroll in the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. The application shall include check boxes for an applicant to mark either
(A) Yes, add my name to the donor registry or
(B) I do not wish to register at this time.

and enacted in October 2010.


Lauren's Law in New York

June 22, 2012

NANUET, NY - Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) announced the historic passage of Lauren's Law (S.7103A) , the first of its kind law in New York State that will save lives and increase the enrollment of organ donation.


03 October 2013

A law started on October 3 2013 that makes answering the organ-donor question on New York license forms mandatory, aiming to create more organ donors. Anyone who applies for a state drivers' license or learners' permit will now have to answer the question if they wish to be added to the Donate Life Registry.