2015 News

03 April 2015

RSA & IKA Urge Drivers to opt for Organ Donor code 115 on Plastic Card Licence

Almost 4 out of 10 drivers chose to become an organ donor.

To mark Organ Donor Awareness Week, which runs from March 28th - April 4th the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) have today, April 3rd, asked drivers to consider declaring if they wish to become an organ donor when applying for a plastic card Learner Permit or Full Driving Licence.


Since the introduction of the plastic card licence format in January 2013 the code 115 can be displayed, meaning you have indicated on the Learner Permit/ Driving Licence application form that you wish to be a donor.


A total of 426,091 drivers have been issued a Driving Licence or Learner Permit with Organ Donor code 115 from 19th January 2013 to 28th February 2015. This includes 121,502 Learner Permits or 38.5% of permits issued and 304,589 Full Licences or 39.7% of Full Licences issued.


Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said “This is the first time we have ever been able to put a figure on the number of drivers who are willing to become an organ donor, through the driving licence.”
“When Ireland, along with the rest of Europe changed over to a standardised plastic card format driving licence, in January 2013, one of the new features added was the option to declare a willingness to sign up as an organ donor.”


“On the previous paper licence, it was left up to the individual themselves to tick the box on the back of the licence. Under the new plastic card system, question 18 on the application form specifically asks the individual if they want to be an organ donor and have this displayed on their licence by referencing the code 115.”


Chief Executive of the Irish Kidney Association, Mark Murphy “The focus of Organ Donor Awareness Week is to raise awareness about the ongoing and ever increasing demand for transplantation which relies on the public for organ donation. Families need to talk together and keep the reminders of their willingness to donate visible by carrying the organ donor card, downloading the Smartphone App. In particular I would urge anyone who is applying for the first time or renewing their driving licence to give serious consideration to becoming an organ donor and having the Organ Donor code 115 on the licence.”


For further information please contact
RSA Press Office 096 – 25008   / Brian Farrell, Communications Manager, 086 3881009
Mark Murphy,  Irish Kidney Association (IKA)tel.  01-620 5306  mob. 087 2571235
Gwen O’Donoghue , communication s on behalf of the IKA, mob. 086 8241447

The Irish Kidney Association is the national organisation charged with the promotion and distribution of the organ donor card in Ireland, on behalf of Organ Donation Transplant Ireland.


Free information fact files, which accompany organ donor cards, are obtainable from the Irish Kidney Association and are available nationwide from pharmacies, GP surgeries and Citizen Information Offices etc.
Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association  LoCall 1890 543639 or Freetext the word DONOR to 50050. Visit


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