Filling out and filing a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form involves officially filing notice with the state of residence that an individual does not wish to receive resuscitation from doctors or EMTs. It involves an official document that must be signed by a doctor and notarized.
A DNR is part of a process called an advanced directive. This is a set of predetermined requests issued to medical officials in the event that an individual is incapable of communicating their wishes. For example, if a person enters into a coma, there is no way to know if that person wants to be kept on life support without an official advance directive. Each directive is different, based on that individual's specific medical desires and needs.
Filing a DNR is handled at the state level, and involves first downloading the appropriate forms from each state's website. Each state has different laws surrounding advance directives, and may require specific legal counseling to understand certain aspects. Some states require the individual to choose a specific person to act on their behalf, while others allow for a living will to be established. A living will is a type of advance directive that outlines a persons desires for medical treatment only, and does not give anyone the ability to act on their behalf.