For the last several years, Wyoming has earned some of the nation’s highest Donor Designation Rates (DDR), the rate at which individuals join the state organ and tissue donor registry as a percentage of licensed drivers and ID card holders.
Wyoming Reaches an Impressive 63% DDR in 2019
For the last several years, Wyoming has earned some of the nation’s highest Donor Designation Rates (DDR), the rate at which individuals join the state organ and tissue donor registry as a percentage of licensed drivers and ID card holders. In 2019, and thanks to Wyomingites generous spirit, Wyoming increased its DDR statewide jumping from 6th to 3rd place in the nation and reaching an impressive 63% DDR.
How does Wyoming Compare Nationally?
An amazing 63% of Wyomingites said Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation, more than a 2% increase from the previous year and far surpassing the national average of 49%, according to Donate Life America (DLA).
“We are honored to reach this milestone as it showcases the giving spirit in Wyoming communities. Through our partnership with Driver Services leadership and staff more than 2/3 of Wyoming residents made the selfless decision to sign up on the organ, eye and tissue donor registry in 2019. Wyoming jumped from 6th to 3rd in the nation and we are grateful to those who said Yes to giving the gift of life. With nearly 150 Wyoming residents waiting for a lifesaving transplant, we know our work continues because the waitlist cannot wait. Wyoming may have a small population, but this milestone shows the people are mighty!” said Jennifer Prinz, CEO of Donor Alliance.
Partnership with the Wyoming Department of Transportation Driver Services Essential in Increasing DDR
We appreciate and recognize the continued efforts of our partnership with the Wyoming Department of Transportation Driver Services in increasing the DDR in Wyoming.
“We are truly excited about the increase in Wyoming’s Donor Designation Rate moving us from #6 in the nation last year to #3 this year,” says Misty Dobson, Program Manager for Driver Services. “This is a true testament to not only the support Wyoming citizens show for this amazing cause but also to the commitment of Driver Services employees to encourage Wyoming residents to “Check Yes” when it comes to organ, eye and tissue donation on their Wyoming driver license and identification card application.”
Moreover, Wyoming was recognized by AAMVA, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, with the Bronze Award for the third highest DDR in the region (Region 4) in 2018, in addition to placing in the top 10 in the nation for the highest DDR for the last several consecutive years.
Do I have to wait to renew my driver license or can I sign up as a donor now to join the 63% who already said Yes?
No, you don’t have to wait to sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor. You can sign up online anytime at DonateLifeWyoming.org. The process only takes a few minutes and it is super easy to do. If you do need to obtain or renew your Wyoming driver license or state ID, you must complete a Wyoming Driver License Application through your local Driver Services office. On the application, you will be asked if you want to register your decision to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. Signing up online or in-person; however, is easy and convenient for you and helps save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.