I was quite concerned to read Sally Marburg's letter "Back at the DMV," July 1 detailing her experience at the Bureau of Motor Vehicle Services.

First, I would like to commend her for supporting the organ donor program and understanding the importance of informing the public about our program.

We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people in the District of Columbia -- from approximately 75 motorists a month before 1982 to more than 600 motorists a month now -- who sign organ donor "Gift of Life" cards when they come to our offices. We work closely with the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area to provide cards and posters to various organizations, and we have an organ donor sign posted above the counter where driver's license application forms are picked up and filled out.

However, we can do more, as Sally Marburg's letter suggests. In the future we will include a request for organ donors on our applications for a new driver's license (we already include it on renewal applications).

The Bureau of Motor Vehicle Services is committed to increasing the organ donor participation. It is in all of our best interests, especially since the District has the highest incidence of renal failure in the country.

We invite all our other D.C. motorists to sign the "Gift of Life" card when they come in to renew or to obtain a driver's permit.


Chief, Bureau of Motor Vehicle Services