Many of us make the decision to register as an organ donor when we get a driver’s license. But did you know that you also can become a living organ donor?\nWhat\u2019s the difference between registering to become an organ donor and registering to be a living donor?\nFind out how to register to become an organ donor and get more information on organ donation.\u00a0\nOrgan Donation: Making the Decision\nDeceased organ donation is the process of donating an organ, or part of an organ, at the time of the donor\u2019s death.\nThe cause of death determines if someone can be an organ donor and which organs can be donated. Organ removal is only possible after:\n\nAll efforts to save the patient\u2019s life have been exhausted\nTests have been performed to ensure the absence of brain or brainstem activity\nThe patient has been declared brain dead\n\nThere is no age limit to becoming an organ donor, and everyone is eligible regardless of race, health, and ethnicity. Almost all major religions support organ donation.\nRELATED:\u00a0Bringing up Donation: How to Talk to People About Becoming an Organ Donor\nRegistering to Become an Organ Donor\nRegistering to become an organ donor is easy; however, this simple, yet generous, act can save lives and help more than 75 people.\nYou can register to become an organ donor when you apply for or renew your driver\u2019s license or by visiting the organ donor registry for your state. The \u201corgan donor\u201d designation will either be printed on your driver\u2019s license or you will receive a confirmation card until your license is ready to be renewed.\nRELATED: Quiz: Organ Donation Myths and Facts\nLiving-Organ Donation: Helping Save the Lives of Those on the Transplant List\nLiving donation is a type of organ donation that helps save the lives of those on the liver or kidney transplant waiting list.\nIn addition to offering an alternative to the transplant waiting list, living donor transplants save two lives \u2013 the recipient and the person next in line on the organ waiting list.\nDuring a living donor transplant, a healthy donor can give a portion of their liver or one of their kidneys to a patient on the transplant waiting list.\nHealthy living donors must:\n\nBe between the ages of 18 and 55 for living-liver donation, and between the ages of 18 and 69 for living-kidney donation\nBe in general good health\nHave an unselfish desire to contribute to another person\u2019s life in a healthy and meaningful way\n\nRegistering to Become a Living Donor\nTo become a living donor, first complete the living donor registration. This helps determine if a potential donor meets the initial qualifications to become a living donor.\nFrom there, a potential living donor undergoes an extensive transplant evaluation to make sure he or she is a good candidate for living donor surgery and that donating poses the least possible risk to both the donor and the recipient.\nWhy Is Organ Donation so Important?\nWith 116,000 men, women, and children waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, the largest football stadium in the United States can\u2019t hold all the people on the national transplant waiting list. By registering as an organ donor or a living donor, you offer hope and a second chance to these individuals.