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Advance Directive Forms by US State

Cake has created this resource to help you locate your state's forms. 

Last Updated: 11/27/2018

 
Everyone should create advance directives, even if they are young and healthy! Continue to read below for an explanation of the different types of advance directive forms, then scroll down to locate the link to download or print your state's documents.

What are Advance Directives?

Advance directive forms — sometimes called "advance care planning forms" — are documents you complete to express what medical care you do and don't want to receive if you couldn't speak for yourself. Each US state has different forms. If you move from one state to another, you should consider completing forms for your new state of residence.

Document What it is Who needs it Also known as
Health Care Proxy Form
What it is

Who you trust to make medical decisions if you can’t speak for yourself.

Who needs it

Everyone 18+

Also known as

Medical Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, Healthcare Agent, Healthcare Surrogate, Healthcare Representative, Healthcare Attorney-in-fact

Advance Directive/Living Will Form
What it is

What you would want regarding care at the end of your life.

Who needs it

Everyone 18+

Also known as

Advance Healthcare Directive, Personal Directive, Personal Wish Statement, Medical Directive, Life-Prolonging Treatment Form

MOLST/POLST Form
What it is

A form that your doctor fills out with you that is a medical order stating what treatments you do or do not want if it becomes clear you are nearing the end of your life.

Who needs it

People living with serious or advanced illness, or who are medically frail

Also known as

MOST, POST, COLST, TPOPP

Click on your state to locate & download your advance directive forms

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Alabama Advance Directive Forms (AL)

 
Health Care Proxy www.alaha.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage or be your healthcare provider and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.alaha.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Alaska Advance Directive Forms (AK)

 
Health Care Proxy www.dhss.alaska.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.dhss.alaska.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Arizona Advance Directive Forms (AZ)

 
Health Care Proxy www.azag.gov Needs 1 witness not listed as HCP (witness cannot be related to you by blood and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.azag.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Arkansas Advance Directive Forms (AR)

 
Health Care Proxy www.arkansashospice.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCP (witness must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.arkansashospice.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

California Advance Directive Forms (CA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.oag.ca.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be your healthcare provider and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.oag.ca.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Colorado Advance Directive Forms (CO)

 
Health Care Proxy www.cha.com Witnesses not required, but recommended (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.cha.com Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Connecticut Advance Directive Forms (CT)

 
Health Care Proxy www.ct.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.ct.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Delaware Advance Directive Forms (DE)

 
Health Care Proxy www.dhss.delaware.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.dhss.delaware.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Florida Advance Directive Forms (FL)

 
Health Care Proxy www.caringinfo.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.caringinfo.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Georgia Advance Directive Forms (GA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.aging.dhs.georgia.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+). If form is completed in a hospital or other healthcare facility (i.e. nursing home) the form must also be signed by the medical director of that facility.
Advance Directive/Living Will www.aging.dhs.georgia.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Hawaii Advance Directive Forms (HI)

 
Health Care Proxy www.kokuamau.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs.
Advance Directive/Living Will www.kokuamau.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Idaho Advance Directive Forms (ID)

 
Health Care Proxy www.caringinfo.org Witnesses not necessary, but recommended.
Advance Directive/Living Will www.caringinfo.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Illinois Advance Directive Forms (IL)

 
Health Care Proxy www.dph.illinois.gov Needs 1 witness not listed as HCPs (witness cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider or a relative of your healthcare provider).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.dph.illinois.gov This is a legally binding document.

Indiana Advance Directive Forms (IN)

 
Health Care Proxy www.in.gov Needs 1 witness not listed as HCPs (witness cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.in.gov This is a legally binding document.

Iowa Advance Directive Forms (IA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.iowabar.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.iowabar.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Kansas Advance Directive Forms (KS)

 
Health Care Proxy www.wichitamedicalresearch.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.witchitamedicalresearch.org This is a legally binding document.

Kentucky Advance Directive Forms (KY)

 
Health Care Proxy www.ag.ky.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.ag.ky.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Louisiana Advance Directive Forms (LA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.goes.louisiana.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.sos.la.gov This is a legally binding document.

Maine Advance Directive Forms (MA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.themha.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.themha.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Maryland Advance Directive Forms (MD)

 
Health Care Proxy www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Massachusetts Advance Directive Forms (MA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.massmed.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.fchp.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is NOT a legally binding document.

Michigan Advance Directive Forms (MI)

 
Health Care Proxy www.michigan.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare or life insurance provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.michigan.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is NOT a legally binding document.

Minnesota Advance Directive Forms (MN)

 
Health Care Proxy www.mlhealth.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.mlhealth.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Mississippi Advance Directive Forms (MS)

 
Health Care Proxy www.health.msstate.edu Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare or life insurance provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.health.msstate.edu Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Missouri Advance Directive Forms (MO)

 
Health Care Proxy www.mobar.org Must be notarized. Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+ and cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.mobar.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Montana Advance Directive Forms (MT)

 
Health Care Proxy www.media.dojmt.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.media.dojmt.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Nebraska Advance Directive Forms (NE)

 
Health Care Proxy www.nebraskamed.com Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+ and cannot be your attending physician).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.nebraskamed.com This is a legally binding document.

Nevada Advance Directive Forms (NV)

 
Health Care Proxy www.nvlivingwill.com Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.nvlivingwill.com Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

New Hampshire Advance Directive Forms (NH)

 
Health Care Proxy www.healthynh.com Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.healthynh.com Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

New Jersey Advance Directive Forms (NJ)

 
Health Care Proxy www.state.nj.us Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.nj.gov This is a legally binding document.

New Mexico Advance Directive Forms (NM)

 
Health Care Proxy www.bcbsnm.com 2 witnesses optional, but recommended (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.bcbsnm.com Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

New York Advance Directive Forms (NY)

 
Health Care Proxy www.nysenate.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.ag.ny.gov This is a legally binding document.

North Carolina Advance Directive Forms (NC)

 
Health Care Proxy www.ncmedsoc.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.ncmedsoc.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

North Dakota Advance Directive Forms (ND)

 
Health Care Proxy www.ndmed.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.ndmed.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Ohio Advance Directive Forms (OH)

 
Health Care Proxy www.midwestcarealliance.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.midwestcarealliance.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Oklahoma Advance Directive Forms (OK)

 
Health Care Proxy www.okdhs.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.okdhs.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Oregon Advance Directive Forms (OR)

 
Health Care Proxy www.oregon.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.oregon.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Pennsylvania Advance Directive Forms (PA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.upmc.com Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.upmc.com Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Rhode Island Advance Directive Forms (RI)

 
Health Care Proxy www.health.ri.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will webserver.rilin.state.ri.us This is a legally binding document.

South Carolina Advance Directive Forms (SC)

 
Health Care Proxy www.caringinfo.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will/as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.caringinfo.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

South Dakota Advance Directive Forms (SD)

 
Health Care Proxy www.regionalhealth.com Recommended to be notarized. Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.statebarofsouthdakota.com This is a legally binding document.

Tennessee Advance Directive Forms (TN)

 
Health Care Proxy www.endoflifecaretn.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.endoflifecaretn.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Texas Advance Directive Forms (TX)

 
Health Care Proxy hhs.texas.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will hhs.texas.gov This is a legally binding document.

Utah Advance Directive Forms (UT)

 
Health Care Proxy www.aging.utah.edu Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be your healthcare provider, or be listed in your will/as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.aging.utah.edu Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Vermont Advance Directive Forms (VT)

 
Health Care Proxy www.vtethicsnetwork.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+. If signed at a hospital or healthcare facility, a representative of the facility must also sign).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.vtethicsnetwork.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Virginia Advance Directive Forms (VA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.vdh.virginia.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.vdh.virginia.gov Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Washington Advance Directive Forms (WA)

 
Health Care Proxy www.wsma.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be listed in your will or be your healthcare provider, and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.wsma.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

West Virginia Advance Directive Forms (WV)

 
Health Care Proxy www.wvendolife.org Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, or be listed in your will and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.wvendolife.org Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy form. This is a legally binding document.

Wisconsin Advance Directive Forms (WI)

 
Health Care Proxy www.dhs.wisconsin.gov Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be related to you by blood, adoption, or marriage, be listed in your will, or be your healthcare provider and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.dhs.wisconsin.gov This is a legally binding document.

Wyoming Advance Directive Forms (WY)

 
Health Care Proxy www.uwyo.edu Needs 2 witnesses not listed as HCPs (witnesses cannot be be your healthcare provider, and must be 18+).
Advance Directive/Living Will www.uwyo.edu Document is packaged with Health Care Proxy for