Legislation enacted in mid-September gave Donate Life Florida, the non-profit coalition of Florida’s organ, eye and tissue donor programs that runs the state’s donor registry, the green light to produce a Donate Life Florida license plate. First, however, they must presell 3,000 vouchers to Florida motor vehicle owners before the plate will go into production.
Donate Life Florida, or DLF, was founded in 1997 and obtained a state contract to create and manage the donor registry in 2009. At the time, there were fewer than 5 million names on the registry. Today the registry enrollment exceeds 11 million!
In addition to running the registry, DLF is committed to educating Floridians on the importance of lifesaving and life-enhancing donation. Its members include all of the state-licensed donor programs, and it receives zero taxpayer dollars to operate. Zero! It is funded entirely on member dues and voluntary contributions, including the “dollar donations” that Floridians make when obtaining a driver license or registering their vehicles.
The funds raised through the sale of this new Donate Life license plate will help DLF manage the registry and continue to provide donor education across the state.
The voucher presell process will be a challenge, and DLF is enlisting the support of all of the donor programs and transplant centers, their staff and volunteers, and all those who support lifesaving donation to join in the effort.
Here are a few things to know about the new license plate:
- The cost of the plate itself will be $25, all of which goes to Donate Life Florida to manage the donor registry and increase awareness for the importance of lifesaving donation, plus $8 in state and branch fees. The total cost of the plate will be $33.
- A voucher to get the plate can be purchased starting October 16 for $33. Buyers will get a certificate to redeem for the actual plate once Donate Life Florida has sold 3,000 vouchers. DLF has 24 months to do that but hopes to achieve that goal much sooner.
- Vouchers can only be purchased at the tax collectors’ offices at this time. Many offices are taking customers via appointment only, so please check with the offices in your county for the rules. Here is link to all of the county offices: FLHSMV.gov/locations.
- Vouchers are available for motor vehicles only, no motorcycles or trailers, and commercial trucks weighing less than 26,001 pounds.
Here are a few things to know about life-saving donation:
- One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people.
- One tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 75 people.
- There are more than 109,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. Of them, more than 5,200 are listed at transplant centers in Florida.
- Thanks to the generosity and selflessness of donors and their families, more than 39,000 patients received lifesaving transplants last year. Of them, 2,700 were transplanted in Florida.
Feel free to share this message with your friends, family and other individuals who share your passion for lifesaving organ, tissue and eye donation and encourage them to help get the Donate Life Florida license plate on the road. You can share this message on your own social media platforms, blogs, podcasts, and so on. Additional information about this campaign can be found on Donate Life Florida’s website and social media platforms. Regular updates will be posted to keep the community informed on how close they are to reaching the goal of 3,000 vouchers sold.
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