04/22/2014 01:41 EDT | Updated 06/22/2014 05:59 EDT

Alberta launches online organ and tissue donation site to reverse declines

EDMONTON - Albertans can now go online to sign up for the province's organ and tissue registry.

Would-be donors only need their birth date and health card number to register.

Health Minister Fred Horne says help is needed as more than 500 Albertans are waiting for an organ transplant and many more are on a list for tissue.

The province hopes the registry will reverse a trend that has seen organ and tissue donations drop by 40 per cent in the last decade.

Albertans will also soon be able to register their intent to donate when they renew their driver's licences.

The registry stems from amendments passed in the legislature last November.