- Location: New York
Organ Donation in New York
Each year in New York alone, thousands of kidneys, livers, and hearts are transplanted from hundreds of donors. However, there are 10,000 recipients on waiting lists in the Empire State, so more donors are always needed.
Organs from a single donor can save up to 8 lives, while the tissue can improve 50 more by restoring eyesight, helping burn patients, and preventing disability.
Your medical treatment as a donor isn't affected by your donor status, and you may remove your name from the donor registration list. Furthermore, donating tissue or organs won't interfere with having an open-casket viewing at your funeral. Also, being a donor won't cost you or your family anything.
Register to become a donor by indicating your desire when you apply for or renew your driver's license or state ID card. (You must be at least 18 years old to become a donor.)
Or, mail a completed NYS Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Specification Form to the address listed on the application.
If you registered to be a donor before July 23, 2008, you're in the old registry, which means your next-of-kin must give his/her consent before your donation request can be carried out.
If you're not comfortable with that situation, you must enroll in the new New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry by one of the methods outlined above.Other Topics in This Section