Sunday, December 3, 2023

Virginians May Now Indicate Their Blood Type on Their Driver’s License or ID

(Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles)

RICHMOND — Virginians now have the option to indicate their blood type on their driver’s license to assist first responders in the event of an emergency.

Virginians may indicate their blood type when they renew or replace their driver’s license or ID at or in-person at any Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service center, according to the DMV.

“The law was intended to aid individuals and first responders when every second counts in an emergency,” said DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey. “DMV is proud to provide Virginians with options. On your driver’s license or ID, you can indicate not only your blood type, but also your willingness to be an organ donor, your veteran status and can even list important medical indicators.”

Customers who are applying for a license or ID for the first time must visit a customer service center in person. 

Those renewing or replacing their credential online will be prompted as to whether they want to indicate their blood type during the transaction. Choosing to do so is optional. Blood type will be displayed in a small icon on the front of the license or ID.

Showing proof of blood type is not required, and it is the customer’s responsibility to self-certify.

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