Drive for Life” Act Becomes Law, Allowing 16- and 17-Year-Olds to Join State Organ Donor Registry


Beginning January 1, 2018, 16- and 17-year-olds in Illinois will able to join the organ donor registry thanks to the “Drive Fore Life” bill, which was signed into law on Tuesday, August 8. Supported by the Secretary of State, a coalition of state legislators and Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network and Mid-America Transplant, this critical legislation amends Section 6-117 of the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow Illinois residents 16 and older to join the organ donor registry.

The “Drive for Life” act ensures all residents 16 and older may choose to officially join the First-Person Authorization Registry. While the law gives 16- and 17-year-olds the right to express their wishes, parents and legal guardians will maintain the right to give or revoke consent until the registered donors turn 18-years-old. Beginning January 1, 2018, young adults wishing to register will be able to sign up.

“This is a historic day for Illinois and the organ donation community. I would like to thank Governor Rauner for his support and for signing this legislation into law and the support and dedication of Secretary of State, Jesse White. Additionally, we greatly appreciate, the Honorable Daniel P. Brady from the Illinois House of Representatives, Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and our coalition of supporters for their commitment to organ and tissue donation in Illinois,” said Kevin Cmunt, President/CEO of Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network. Continue reading 

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