With assistance from the statewide donation community, New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) announces the successful passage of legislation (S.5313-A/A.4990-B) that will permit New Yorkers aged 16 or older to enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry. Prior to this legislation, the minimum age required for enrollment was eighteen. Now, sixteen and seventeen year olds will be able check "yes" and join the NYS Donate Life Registry when visiting the DMV to obtain a learner's permit, registering to vote, or any other means allowable by the NYS Department of Health.
The law is removing barriers for young adults to fulfill what they feel is an important community responsibility, signing up as an organ and tissue donor. This is a significant change in policy for New York State and was a crucial step towards reducing the number of people waiting for their lifesaving transplant.
The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 17, 2016, makes New York the forty-ninth state to have either no restriction on the minimum age for an organ and tissue donor or allow for registration at an age younger than 18. The new law goes into effect February 14, 2017.