Making it Easier to Sign Up to be an Organ Donor
Prince George, B.C.- As of today, when you visit an ICBC driver licensing location , you will be asked to register your decision about being an organ donor.
Although 50% of British Columbians believe they have registered their decision on organ donation, in reality only 21% actually have.
It is estimated more than 600 people in the province are waiting for an organ transplant . “The conversation around organ donation and registering your wishes is so important, and we need to create opportunities for these conversations to happen in communities, workplaces, and with family and friends. The expansion of the ICBC program does just that,” said Leanne Appleton, BC Transplant’s provincial executive director. “Talking about organ donation has a direct impact on organ donor registrations, and can lead to more British Columbians receiving life-saving transplants.”
Last year 1.1 million customer transactions were completed at ICBC driver licensing offices. Customers attend driver licensing locations for transactions related to their driver’s licence, BC identification, BC Services Card, as well as to pay various tickets and penalties.
“We know that an overwhelming amount of people support organ donation so we’re pleased to get behind this important cause to make it easy for our customers to register their decision,” said Mark Blucher, ICBC’s president and CEO. “With so many British Columbians visiting our offices, it’s a great opportunity to have these conversations.”
A customer only needs to register once in a lifetime, but a decal on your driver’s licence is no longer enough to ensure you’re registered as an organ donor. You can also register directly with BC Transplant by clicking here.