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Register as an Organ,
Eye, & Tissue Donor

To register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Complete the Donate Life Registry enrollment form. This can be found online at or you can enroll in person at your local auto bureau/DMV. *Signing the back of your driver's license does not automatically enroll you in the Donate Life Registry.* You must complete the form!

STEP 2: Share your intention to donate your organs, eyes, and tissues with your family and loved ones. You can start off the conversation with something like "Hey, just so you know, I want to be an organ donor." This is the most important step!

New York State Donate Life Registry Card
FAQs About The NYS Donate Life Registry

Question: How can I be certain that my information in the registry will remain confidential?

Answer: 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

Question: How can I confirm that I am registered, make changes to my information or withdraw from the Donate Life Registry?

Answer: To find out about your New York State Donate Life Registry status, to make changes to your enrollment information or to remove your name from the registry, you can contact Donate Life New York State at 1-866-NY-DONOR or

Question: Is there any age restriction on joining the registry?

Answer: Legislation passed in 2017 now allows all New Yorkers 16 years old and up to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Prior to this legislation, the minimum age required for enrollment was 18.

Question: What do you mean when you say this is a registry of legal consent?

Answer: 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.

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