You’re moments away from becoming a hero

Before you begin, we suggest you take a few minutes to make sure you understand what it means to be on the South Carolina Donor Registry. Becoming an organ, eye, and tissue donor truly shares life with others. By putting your name on the South Carolina Donor Registry, you agree to donate your organs and tissues, to be recovered after your death, for use in transplantation, research, education or therapy purposes. After your death, an examination and tests will be performed to determine the best medical uses for your gift. The law protects your choice. Unless you change your mind and remove your name from the Registry (which you may do from the Update your Info button) your wish to donate will be honored and no one else, including your family, will be able to change your decision.

How does donation help save and enhance lives?

  • Organs used for life-saving transplants include heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, lungs, and small bowel.
  • Tissues used to save or improve life include eyes/corneas, heart valves, bones, soft tissue (tendons), veins or arteries, and skin grafts.
  • Research uses of organs and tissues can include studies on curing diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other life-altering or fatal diseases.
  • Organs and tissues that cannot be used for transplantation, research or therapy can be used for educational purposes to advance scientific and medical knowledge.

The Donation Process

Organ, eye, and tissue donation involves a complex series of events requiring teamwork among physicians, nurses, hospital staff and procurement and transplant teams. The four major steps that generally define the donation process are outlined below. The significant activities (in bold) will always occur, but the sequence and time frame may vary depending on individual circumstances. The process can vary from a few hours up to more than 20 hours.


The number of lives your organ donation could potentially save


The number of people you could restore vision for with your cornea


The number of people you could heal with your tissue

Registration confirmation

We will confirm your registration by sending an email directly to you. Entering your email address will also allow you to update your information at a later date. If you don’t have an email address, you may use Google, Yahoo, or Hotmail to sign up for a free email account. In addition to registering online, please be sure to mark “YES” to organ donation EVERY time you renew or make changes to your driver’s license to remain on the Registry. This ensures that your information always remains updated and valid.