Driver’s License Partners

Put simply – thank you.

Melvin Giles Hero

You play an incredibly important role in saving lives.

Nearly all people who register to be a donor do so when they apply for or renew their driver’s license or state ID card. That means that when we work with a grieving family whose loved one has made the decision to be a donor you have helped bring hope and healing to that family and the recipients whose lives will be saved.

Jill’s family has been touched by organ and tissue donation twice – first when her husband, Michael, passed away and again, years later, when her son Shawn died. Jill also works at the Morrison County motor vehicle office, and knows the value of making it easy for customers to document their donation decision.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know your customers likely have questions about donation. You may have many of the same questions. These top ten facts about donation answer the most common questions we receive. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here or would like more information, please contact Jessie Fiene.

  1. Your life is always first. If you are taken to the hospital after an accident or injury, it is the hospital’s number one priority to save YOUR life. Your status as a donor is not even considered until every effort has been made to try to save your life and death has been declared.
  2. Anyone can register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Your age or health should not prevent you from registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.  Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor – the oldest organ donor was 92!
  3. All faiths agree. All major religions in the United States support organ and tissue donation and consider it a generous act of caring.
  4. There is no cost to your family. If you decide to be an organ and tissue donor, your family will NOT have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.
  5. One life can save up to 75. One person has the potential to save and heal up to 75 lives through organ and tissue donation!
  6. Everyone is equal. When it comes to waiting in line for an organ transplant, we are all created equal. Wealthy or famous individuals cannot and do not get bumped up higher on the national transplant waiting list. Factors such as blood type, body size, location, severity of illness and length of time on the waiting list are used to determine the best candidate for an organ.
  7. Your decision will be honored. When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor you are making a legal decision and, even after your death, your decision will be honored.  It’s important to talk with your family to make sure they are prepared to honor your decision at the time of your death.
  8. If you don’t make a decision, your family will. If you haven’t registered to be an organ, eye and tissue donor your family will be asked to make a decision about donation on your behalf.  Therefore, it is incredibly important that you have a conversation about donation and share your decision with your loved ones.
  9. You’ll be treated with respect. Organ, eye and tissue donors are heroes and are treated as such.  The medical professionals who perform the recovery surgeries treat donors with the utmost respect, just like they would for any other patient. If you and your family were planning on an open casket funeral or viewing, these plans should not be affected by organ and tissue donation.
  10. Registering is easy. Registering to become an organ and tissue donor is simple. You can register right now, online, in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Or you can check the box to register to be a donor when you apply for or renew your driver’s license, state identification card or learner’s permit.


LifeSource is proud to offer our e-learning course, Donation 101, in response to feedback from driver’s license professionals looking for more information and training about this important aspect of their work. This new training can be completed individually or in a group setting and takes about nine minutes to complete.

We will continue to do in-person training as requested and created this e-learning as an additional resource for you. We greatly appreciate everything you do to help our communities be Minnesota nice and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Click here to access the e-Learning site, and then follow these directions to find Donation 101.

Driving Hope Newsletter

Driving Hope is LifeSource’s newsletter for Minnesota driver’s license partners. This newsletter will be mailed to offices of all driver’s license partners and posted here a few times a year.  This is your resource for the latest data, getting to know fellow driver’s license partners, and for information on changes and upcoming events.

Please let Jessie Fiene know if you have an idea for a newsletter topic or would like to share your story.

Past Newsletters

Issue 1 Mar 2016  |  Issue 2 June 2016  |  Issue 3 Oct 2016  |  Issue 4 Mar 2017  |  Issue 5 Nov 2017  |  Issue 6 Mar 2018

You & $2 Program

Minnesotans can contribute $2 to support education about organ, eye and tissue donation on their driver’s license or state ID application or when they renew they’re motor vehicle registration each year. The money raised supports public education about donation as part of the state’s commitment to ensuring Minnesotans have access to information that allows them to make a positive decision about registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Strong Partners

At LifeSource, we’re proud of our long-time partnership with the Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services Division, the Minnesota Deputy Registrar’s Association (MDRA) and all of the motor vehicle and driver’s license offices throughout the state. Not only do driver’s license offices help customers who choose to register as a donor, they also offer assistance collecting the $2 contribution that supports public education about organ, eye and tissue donation in Minnesota.

Meet Jessie

Jessie Fiene is LifeSource’s Community Partner Liaison, providing service to driver’s license offices and community partners in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Prior to joining LifeSource, Jessie worked in a variety of development roles within the nonprofit community. She currently resides in Minneapolis where she enjoys running, being active outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family. Jessie is passionate about our mission and is looking forward to building relationships and enhancing our driver’s license partner program. You can reach Jessie at or 612.800.6252 (direct) / 612.900.6639 (cell).