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Think you're an organ donor? Think again

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If you have the symbol on the left on your driver's license, then you are not actually signed up to the state's organ donation registry. If you have the symbol on the right, then you are registered. If you have the symbol on the left on your driver's license, then you are not actually signed up to the state's organ donation registry. If you have the symbol on the right, then you are registered.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Thousands of South Carolinians who think they are organ and tissue donors may not actually be donors at all due to a 2008 state law.

If you have a small heart with a "Y" on your state-issued driver's license and you received that license before Dec. 23, 2008, then you are not actually registered with the state's new Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.

According to Donate Life SC, an organ and tissue donation advocacy group, the old, pre-registry heart symbol on those licenses merely expresses an individual's desire to become a donor and did not actually sign them up for any sort of registry.

As a result of the 2008 law, a state registry was created, but did not allow for people to be transferred. The challenge for donor groups has been to educate potential donors about what they need to do.

The new law allows for people to sign up to the registry through the DMV. If you are a new driver, you can sign up when you complete your driver's test. Drivers that are getting their license renewed can also join the registry when they go to the DMV.

Potential donors can also sign up for the registry through an online form.

When you have successfully signed up, you will get a new heart symbol on your driver's license to reflect your membership in the registry.

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