Organ & Tissue Donation

You can help give the gift of life by choosing to become an organ or tissue donor. One organ donor can help save up to eight lives, and one tissue donation can save or improve the lives of more than 75 people. 

The decision to become an organ or tissue donor does not interfere with the healthcare you receive—saving your life is your NYU Langone doctor’s first priority. 

All people can be considered as potential organ, tissue, and eye donors at the time of death. The presence of cancer, HIV, or other infection (such as sepsis) or intravenous (IV) drug use would rule out donation. People with hepatitis C may be able to donate organs to someone who also has hepatitis C. The same is true for hepatitis B—but this happens less frequently. Most people with cancer may donate the corneas.

Organs and tissues are distributed through federally or state-authorized organ and tissue banks, and donating your organs does not cost your family any money.

Enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry

The New York State Donate Life Registry is a confidential database that records an individual's intent to donate organs and tissues upon his or her death.

No matter which method you choose to enroll, you will receive confirmation by mail from the New York State Department of Health that you are a designated donor. Also, tell your family about your intention to be an organ and tissue donor to help ease their decision-making process at the time of your death.

There are a variety of ways to register to become an organ, tissue, and eye donor in New York State.

Register with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

Check off the donor box on your driver’s license or non-driver identification card application or renewal form. When you enroll through this method, a red heart and the words "organ donor" appear on the front of your driver’s license or non-driver ID card at no extra cost.

You can also enroll online. Have your driver’s license or non-driver ID number ready to login to this secure service.

Register By Mail

Download and complete a New York State Donate Life Registry Enrollment Form and mail it to the New York State Department of Health.

Enroll When You Register to Vote 

When you register to vote with the Board of Elections, complete and sign the "register to donate your organs and tissues" section of the voter registration form, which gets forwarded to the New York State Department of Health.

More Information about Organ and Tissue Donation

For more information, call the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry at 1-866-NYDONOR (1-866-693-6667) or the New York Organ Donor Network at 646-291-4444.

To find out about your New York State Donate Life Registry status or to make changes to your enrollment information, call the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry at 1-866-NYDONOR (1-866-693-6667).

To remove your name from the New York State Donate Life Registry, write to: 

The New York State Donate Life Registry
New York State Department of Health
875 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206