Governor Cuomo urges Residents to Consider Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

New Yorkers are offered multiple opportunities to sign up in the state’s Donate Life Registry. Last week when commemorating April as Donate Life Month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can now register as eye, organ, and tissue donors when they apply for health insurance through NY State of Health, New York State’s official health insurance marketplace.

Other ways New Yorkers can enroll include:

  • Applying for a New York State driver license, learner permit, or non-driver ID in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or by visiting NYS Department of Motor Vehicles;
  • Applying for a free municipal ID card if a resident of New York City at nyc.gov/IDNYC (IDNYC is available to any city resident as a method of identification for various government and non-government services and offers additional NYC perks such as museum memberships);
  • Registering to vote as a New York State resident by visiting NYS Board of Elections;
  • By visiting The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration’s website and downloading the New York State Donate Life Registry form;
  • And by calling The Eye-Bank at (212) 742-9000 and asking to be sent an enrollment form in the mail.

By signing up in the New York State Donate Life Registry, you may someday make a difference for New Yorkers who are in need of sight-saving corneal transplants or life-saving organ and tissue transplants. Once enrolled, your specific wishes about eye, organ, and tissue donation will be entered and the New York State Department of Health will send you a letter confirming you are in the State’s Donate Life Registry.

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