04/14/2015 11:46 EDT | Updated 06/23/2015 10:59 EDT

Organ donation made easier through Service BC centres

More than 95 per cent of B.C. residents support organ donation according to the B.C. government, but only about 20 per cent have registered. As a result, it says there are 465 people currently on transplant waiting lists.

On Tuesday, the government announced the introduction of a program in partnership with Service BC, it says will make it easier for people wanting to to register.

Service BC centres allow access to a wide range of government services including registering births, marriages or conducting a title search.

A decal on a driver's licence alone is no longer enough to qualify as a donor. Those wishing to donate have to register online at through the BC Transplant Society using a BC Services Card or CareCard.

​Service BC centres will now provide organ donation information and assistance for those wishing to register in addition to these other services.

The government says a pilot project held last year at four Service BC offices in Dawson Creek, Quesnel, Port Alberni and Salmon Arm showed a four-fold increase in organ donor registrations.

The program has now been expanded to all 61 BC Service locations.

Quick facts

- 65 British Columbians are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant.

- Just over 350 of the people on the list are waiting for a kidney.

- A single donor can save up to eight lives.

- Age doesn't matter. Canada's oldest organ donor on record was 93.