New organ donor law allows teens to enroll in registry

Zachary BarrettFeb 15, 2017

New Yorkers can sign up to be organ donors through the Department of Motor Vehicles, through the New York State Health Department or via voter registration form.

For a look at the impact an organ donation can have watch the story above with a heart recipient out of Baldwinsville. "With this action, we are taking one more step toward a stronger, healthier NY for all".

Cuomo says if a registered minor dies before turning 18, their parents or legal guardians can rescind the decision. What often happens, then, is that many of those drivers don't end up registering as organ and tissue donors until they renew their license - often well into their 20s.


Monday, Governor Cuomo announced the new law will allow 16 and 17-year-olds to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. It's part of a new law expanding the eligibility age. The goal is to increase registry enrollment rates.

There are almost 10,000 New Yorkers on the national organ transplant waitlist, and close to 1,000 waiting in Western New York, according to Unyts. The greatest need both state and nationwide is for kidneys.

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