How to Register
In order to register, you will need to have an advance directive. Remember that the form only memorializes the discussion you have had with your loved ones. You should only complete a form once you have had a discussion with your loved ones about how you want to be treated if you cannot speak for yourself. For help on how to start the conversation, and for more information on advance care planning, visit our
Internet Resources page. When you are ready to complete your form, you can obtain an Advance Directive form for your state by clicking on Forms for All States.
Once you have your document, you can register it by visiting our On-line Store to purchase your registration or to give the gift of peace of mind to your family, friends and loved ones.
Giving registration as a gift can sometimes serve as a gentle and needed “push” for people to think about their wishes, and complete an advance directive. It will give them a reason to start a process that most find all too easy to put off.
You will receive an update reminder annually so that your information will always be current. Health care providers (hospitals, doctors, skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, home health agencies, providers of home health care, ambulatory surgery centers, and hospices) will have access to your documents, and your privacy and confidentiality are always maintained.
For more information on how the Registry works, visit How It Works.
After your document is registered, you will receive notification by mail, along with labels to attach to your driver’s license and insurance card stating that you are registered with the U.S. Advance Care Plan Registry®, and a wallet card listing your Registration number. Once registered, your documents and emergency contact information will be available to health care providers across the country. You will also have access to an on-line personal account where you can update your personal information and emergency contact information, fax, email or download your document, and update your document to be sure health care providers know that it still reflects your wishes. You can also download a mobile app onto your cell phone, that allows you to email, fax or download your document….right from your phone! You will have peace of mind knowing that your wishes will be available whenever and wherever they are needed. Your family will not have to make difficult decisions on your behalf, and by having your wishes available, the problems that can occur when family members disagree about treatment will be avoided.
Purchase a Registration
Purchase a registration for yourself and/or your loved ones by clicking the button below.