New law allows 16, 17 year olds to register for organ donations
New York State - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a new law that allows 16 and 17 year olds to register for organ, eye and tissue donations.
The new law took effect on Tuesday on National Organ Donor Day.
The legislation lets younger people enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry at the same time they first apply for a driver's license, learner permit or a non-driver ID.
It is believed that this could increase enrollments in New York by the thousands.
The new law does include safeguards that allow parents or legal guardians to rescind the decision if the minor dies before turning 18.
In August, Cuomo signed legislation to let 16 and 17 year olds register their consent to donate.
The New York State Donate Life Registry is confidential and can only be accessed to determine a person's donation status after death. This can only be done by a federally approved organ procurement organization or licensed eye and tissue bank.
There is no cost to the donor's family and it does not affect medical care or funeral arrangements.
People can enroll online through the DMV at MyDMV.