New or back in the Netherlands
If you are registered at a Dutch municipality, you will eventually be entered in the Donor Register.
New in the Netherlands
You will be entered in the Donor Register if:
- You have lived in the Netherlands for the past three years
- You are registered ata Dutch municipality
- You are 18 years or above
You will receive a letter from us after three years to remind you to make a choice. Until then, you will not be entered in the Donor Register
Back in the Netherlands
Have you lived in the Netherlands before and you moved back? Then you have to record your choice again in the Donor Register. Your choice from the register will be removed if you move abroad.
If you come to live in the Netherlands (again), you will receive a letter after three years. With this letter we remind you to record a choice. Until then, you will not be entered in the register.
Why make a choice?
By recording a choice, your partner or family knows how you think about donation. Discuss this with them as well. This makes the discussion with the physician at the hospital easier for your family.
Letter from the Donor Register
You will receive a letter if you have lived in the Netherlands for the past three years. In this letter we ask you to record your own choice.
- If you do not record a choice after the first letter, you will receive a second letter, so you don’t forget to make a choice
- If you do not record anything again, 'no objection to organ donation' will appear next to your name. You will receive another letter about this.
Which choices do I have?
You have four choices. You can only choose one. Whatever choice you enter, you can always change your choice.
- Yes, I want to become a donor
- No, I don't want to become a donor
- My partner or family decides
- I appoint someone who decides
What does ‘no objection to organ donation’ mean?
‘No objection to organ donation’ means that your organs can go to a patient after your passing. The physician at the hospital will discuss this with your family. If your family is very sure and can explain to the physician that you really did not want to become a donor, then you will not become a donor. So it is important that your family knows what your choice is. And for you to record that choice.