Established by the 79th Texas Legislature in 2005, the Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas
Registry allows individuals to record legal consent for organ, eye and tissue donation after death. A non-profit organization, Donate Life Texas Inc. maintains and operates the donor registry and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the CEOs of Texas' three federally-designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs).
Legislation created partnerships with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that allow individuals to join the donor registry when applying for or renewing their driver's license, ID or vehicle registration.
The Donate Life Texas Donor Registry was named in honor of Rep. Glenda Dawson. Elected in 2002, Dawson served two terms as the Texas House Representative for the 29th District. A kidney transplant recipient, Dawson was a passionate advocate for organ donation.
Donate Life Texas is among the fastest growing donor registries in the country. As a result, thousands of lives have been saved thanks to registered organ, eye and tissue donors.