How do I donate a kidney?

How do I donate a kidney?

If you have two healthy kidneys, you may be able to donate one to improve or even save someone else's life.


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Do you know someone who needs a transplant?

If you want to donate to someone you know, such as a family member, friend, or someone in your community, your first step is to contact the transplant hospital where they’re waiting for a transplant.

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Take the Next Step

You can find more about your options through these organizations

Registro Nacional del Riñón (National Kidney Registry) logo

See If You’re Qualified

Becoming a voucher donor through a National Kidney Registry partnering transplant center can qualify you for reimbursement of lost wages and travel expenses related to your donation. Voucher donation prioritizes you, and one of your chosen voucher holders, for a living donor kidney in the unlikely event you, or they, ever need a kidney transplant.
Red de Obtención y Trasplante de Órganos (Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, OPTN) logo

Find a Transplant Center

To ask about being a living donor, you can also contact a transplant center in your area. To find a list of all transplant centers in the U.S., visit the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) website. Then follow these steps:
  • Select "Transplant Centers by Organ" under Member 
  • Select "Kidney" for Organ Type
  • Select your state or region
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Whether you have someone in mind to donate to or not, your next step is to contact a transplant center to start your evaluation.

Remember that this process takes time, and you can be evaluated to donate at more than one center. Every center is different, but your health is the top priority at each one.