Let Family, Friends & Your Physician Know Your Healthcare Preferences

An Advance Health Care Directive lets your physician(s), family and friends know about your healthcare preferences, including your desire for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, organ donation and the types of special treatment you want or don't want at the end of your life. It also lets you name a person to speak on your healthcare wishes when you cannot articulate them yourself.

In addition, the Secretary of State maintains the Advance Health Care Directive Registry as required by Probate Code section 4800 which allows a person who has executed an advance health care directive to register information regarding the directive with the Secretary of State. This information is made available upon request to the registrant's healthcare provider, public guardian, or legal representative.

Obtain the form to register your advance health care directive by going on-line. Click on Form and Fees located on the side bar and follow the directions. There is a $10 fee to register your advance health care directive.

Registering your advance health care directive with the Secretary of State's Advance Health Care Directive Registry is not required for your advance health care directive to be a legally binding document. It simply serves as a place for your healthcare provider, public guardian, or legal representative to have quick access to it.

Organ Donation Resources

Visit these websites for additional information on organ donation: