NEW: SAY YES to organ, eye, and tissue donation when getting your new Real ID or Enhanced License. Even if you have already registered in the past, it's important to say yes AGAIN!
The Gift of Life comes in many different ways through many different stories, personalities, lives, and backgrounds. Through organ and tissue donation, you have the capability to save and enhance the lives of up to 100 people. Few things we leave behind in life could be as important.
To register as an organ and tissue donor, follow these important steps.
STEP 1: Tell your family of your intention to donate. This is the most important step.
STEP 2: Complete the Donate Life Registry form online.
Please remember that signing the back of your driver's license is not enough! Although it is an act in support of donation, it does not enroll you in the electronic statewide database readily accessible by hospitals and procurement organizations.
FAQs about the NYS Donate Life Registry
Q: How can I be certain that my information in the registry will remain confidential?
A: Registry information is kept strictly confidential and can only be accessed by 1) Department of Heath employees when required for the performance of their official duties, 2) federally regulated organ procurement organizations such as ConnectLife, 3) New York State licensed tissue and eye banks and 4) other entities formally approved by the Commissioner of Health. Such access can only be for the purpose of identifying potential organ, tissue, and eye (cornea) donors at or near the time of death.
Q: Is there any age restriction on joining the registry?
A: 2017 New York State law now allows 16 and 17 year olds to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Prior to this legislation, the minimum age required for enrollment was eighteen.
Q: What do you mean when you say this is a registry of legal consent?
A: By enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry, you become a designated donor. It means that you are giving legal consent for the recovery of your organs, tissues and eyes for the purposes of transplantation and research at the time of your death. Your legally binding decision may not be overturned by any other person. It ensures that your decision will be shared with your next-of-kin or other authorized person; the donation process will be explained to them in great detail.
Q: I am currently enrolled in the New York State Life Pass it On Registry – should I enroll in the Donate Life Registry? What is the difference?
A: The Life Pass It on Registry was established in 1999 as a registry of intent: It recorded someone’s intention to be an organ, tissue, and eye donor. Intent registries require permission from next-of-kin or other authorized parson for donation to proceed in the event of the potential donor’s death. In 2006, a new law created the New York State Donate Life Registry: a registry that records an individual’s own legal consent to organ, tissue, and eye donation upon their death. To ensure that your decision to be an organ, tissue, and eye donor is honored, you must enroll in the Donate Life Registry.
Q: How can I confirm that I am registered, make changes to my information or withdraw from the Donate Life Registry?
A: To find out about your New York State Donate Life Registry status, to make changes to your enrollment informationor to remove your name from the registry, you can contact Donate Life New York State at 1-866-NY-DONOR or email@example.com