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Registering Your Advance Directive

Vermont offers a registry for residents to submit their advance directives free of charge. The Vermont Advance Directive Registry is part of the national US Living Will Registry. It is a secure online database where Vermonters can submit copies of their completed advance directive forms to be accessed by authorized health care facilities and providers.

Benefits of Registering Your Advance Directive:

  • Immediate access to your document when it is most needed
  • Portable across state lines (can be accessed anywhere, not just in Vermont)
  • Annual reminders are mailed to you to ensure regular review

Registering your advance directive is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1

Complete your advance directive form. It must be signed and properly witnessed.

2

Complete and sign the Registration Agreement to allow authorized healthcare facilities and providers to access your document.

3

Send your signed Registration Agreement and properly signed and witnessed advance directive to:

Vermont Advance Directive Registry
523 Westfield Ave/PO Box 2789
Westfield, NJ 07091-2789
Fax: 908-654-1919

Updating an Advance Directive in the Registry

If you have already registered your advance directive but are looking to make changes or update your document, you will need to complete a new Advance Directive, attach it to the Authorization to Change form and send your new document back to the Vermont Advance Directive Registry. Remember to give copies of your new advance directive to your health care agent, doctor, hospital, and any other friends/family members you choose.

Have more questions?

Is there a fee for registering my advance directive?

There is no fee, but if mailing, please check to make sure that you have included sufficient postage, particularly if you are sending a multi-page document.

How will I know that my advance directive has been registered?

Within 2 to 3 weeks after you submit your material, you will receive a confirmation letter and packet in the mail from the Vermont Advance Directive Registry. This packet will contain a wallet card with your Registration ID number. With this number, you (or anyone you give the number to) can view your document in the Registry. It is recommended that you keep this card with your license or emergency contact information card. Also included are small stickers for your license or other identification cards with the website address of the Registry and a toll-free number for the Registry.

Will my information be secure and private?

The Registry is secure and your advance directive is confidential. Only those with a specific need to know, such as your health care providers, will have access to the Registry and your advance directive. You can give others access to view your documents by sharing the Registration ID number on your wallet card with them.

What do I have to do once I have registered?

The Registry will contact you every year on the anniversary of your registration to find out if there are any changes in your wishes or your agent’s contact information. If you replace your old document with a new one, you must remember to send the new one to the Registry with the Authorization to Change Form.

Can I change my wishes without notifying the Registry?

Yes. You can change your mind at any time. If you make changes to your advance directive, it is recommended that you update your document in the Registry. This will help to avoid any confusion about your current goals and priorities.

Do I have to register my advance directive to be sure it is followed?

A properly executed advance directive is a legally recognized document whether or not it has been registered. Registering your advance directive is a voluntary step you can take to ensure that your document is accessible when needed. Being in the Registry can give you a feeling of security that your document will be found in an emergency even if a copy of your advance directive is not on file at the nearest hospital or if you travel outside of Vermont.

Can I use the Vermont Advance Directive Registry if I am not a Vermont resident but get my care in Vermont?

The Vermont Advance Directive Registry is a free service provided by the State of Vermont for Vermont residents only. Even if you receive your care from a Vermont provider, only Vermont residents are permitted to use the Vermont Advance Directive Registry. The US Living Will Registry is available to all others who wish to have their advance directive registered. For information and costs to register a document with US Living Will Registry, click here.

What happens if I move out of state and have an advance directive in the Vermont Advance Directive Registry?

If you move out of state you have several options :

Option 1: You may choose to transfer your account from the Vermont Advance Directive Registry to the U.S. Living Will Registry (USLWR). Your document(s) will be removed from the Vermont Advance Directive Registry and registered directly with the U.S. Living Will Registry. USLWR will send you a new wallet ID card (your Registration ID# will remain the same), you will receive annual email reminders from USLWR, and you will be able to update your account profile and your advance directive document as needed. The cost to register with USLWR is $30.00 for a five year period with the use of the promo code TransferVT123. This cost represents a 50% discount made available exclusively to former VT residents. After the initial five year period, you may renew for $25 every five years.

Option 2: You may choose to entirely remove your account and documents from the USLWR and no longer be part of the registry. To choose this option, email the USLWR. In the email, include only your name, date of birth and Registration ID#. Please write “REVOKE MY FILE” in the subject line.

Option 3: If you do not choose Option 1 or Option 2, your document will remain in the Registry at no cost to you and will essentially be “inactive”. You will still be able to login to your personal account using your username and password to view your personal information and document(s). However, your document will not be accessible using your Registration ID#. Providers and health care facilities will only be able to call the registry to request a copy of your document be faxed directly to them.