Adapted by the Idaho Secretary of State*
The Idaho Secretary of State maintains a registry where you may file your health care directive, also known as an advance directive. A health care directive allows persons to make their health care choices known in advance of an incapacitating illness. It is a legal document. Registration or nonregistration of your health care directive has no effect upon its validity. Registration only makes the documents more accessible in time of emergency. There is no charge to file your document.
Your health care directive may consist of a living will, a durable power of attorney for health care and/or a POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment). A living will is a document in which you state the kind of health care you want or do not want under certain circumstances.
A durable power of attorney for health care is a document in which you name someone you trust to make decisions about your health care in the event you become incapacitated. A POST is a one page Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment that includes instructions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other treatment wishes.
Discuss your wishes at length with the individual you plan to appoint as your health care power of attorney. Make sure the person you plan to appoint is comfortable with your choices and is willing and able to carry out your wishes. (See Section 3, Advance Care Directives - Health Care Power of Attorney in the Right Choice at The Right Time.) Filing your health care directive is entirely voluntary, and no one is required to register their living will or durable power of attorney for health care and/or POST with the Idaho Secretary of State. For people who want to file their advance directive in a secure, but easily accessed location it is a simple three-step process.
Step 1: Fill out the Idaho Health Care Directive Registry form. This authorizes the Secretary of State’s Office to file your documents in the registry. Attach your advance care documents (living will, durable power of attorney for health care and/or POST). Although it is not required, it is recommended that your living will and durable power of attorney for health care be witnessed or notarized. Your POST form must be signed by a physician to be valid.
If you already have these documents:
Compare them to the living will and durable power of attorney form to be sure that they substantially contain the information required.
If you do not have these documents:
Complete the living will and durable power of attorney form or one that is substantially the same.
You can also request that a packet of information be mailed to you by calling the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-208-332-2814.
Step 2: Mail or hand-deliver the completed registry registration form, along with your advance directives (living will and durable power of attorney for health care, and/or POST form) to:
Idaho Secretary of State
Attn: Health Care Directive Registrar
304 N. 8th Street, Room 149
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0080
There is no charge to file your document. E-mailed forms cannot be accepted.
Step 3: Receive your registration confirmation. Within 10 working days, you will receive a packet by mail containing:
*Used with permission. Idaho Secretary of State. http://www.idsos.state.id.us/GENERAL/HCDR.htm. Accessed 9-1-2008.