Organ Donation in North Carolina
Most North Carolinians know that when they renew their driver’s license, they can indicate their desire to be an organ donor by having a red heart placed on the license. This alone is now sufficient to establish ones’ intent to donate organs (but not tissue). Signing a donor card and placing one’s name on a donor registry is also sufficient – no witnesses or separate verification is required.
16 and 17 year old drivers can also indicate their desire to be a donor, subject to a parent’s right to override the minor’s wishes.
The North Carolina statuutory Health Care Power of Attorney forms also contain a provision for granting one’s Agent the authority to donate organs.
If one does not wish to be a donor, any recorded statement to this effect is legally sufficient to bar others from making a gift of one’s organs.
N.C.G.S. 130A-412.3 et seq.