Governor signs Auth & Schepisi bill waiving MVC fee for new drivers’ licenses for organ donors

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi encouraging life-saving organ donations was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie. The bill (A-374/S2462) removes the fee on a drivers’ request for a license with the organ donor designation, eliminating an obstacle that could discourage drivers from becoming donors.

“The decision to donate organs is an incredibly selfless act, and it just doesn’t sit right to turn around and hand them a bill,” said Auth (R—Bergen). “Removing this fee helps encourage donations and promote awareness of donor programs that save lives.”

“With more than 4,000 New Jersey residents currently on waiting lists for organ or tissue transplants, we should encourage as many people as possible to become organ donors,” said Schepisi (R-Bergen). “Eliminating the fee for a new license with ‘organ donor’ printed on it benefits society and encourages more participation. Hopefully, this measure helps increase the number of potential donors.”

MVC, in collaboration with the NJ Sharing Network, offers its customers the opportunity to register as an organ and tissue donor when applying or renewing a driver’s license or non-driver ID.  For information about the NJ Sharing Network, call 800-742-7365 or e-mail info@njsharingnetwork.org.