Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) eliminating license duplication fees for drivers who wish to sign up as organ donors was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.
Donate Life NJ is a life-saving partnership between Gift of Life Donor Program (southern NJ) and NJ Sharing Network (northern and central NJ). Together these two nonprofits coordinate the organ and tissue transplants for all New Jersey residents. (Donate Life NJ)
Under the bill, S2445, residents with a current license or identification card who register as organ donors with the state Motor Vehicle Commission would be exempted from the commission’s $11 fee for issuing an updated license or identification card noting the change in organ donor status.
“There are thousands of New Jerseyans waiting for an organ donation yet only about a third of New Jersey adults are registered as donors,” said Cardinale. “We have to do more to increase participation in this life-saving program not penalize those who want to register. The current fee that is charged to new donors to get an updated license is an annoyance that may influence some people not to register at all. Eliminating this hurdle will make sure no one is deterred from signing up because of finances and will hopefully convince more drivers to take the important step of registering as a donor.”