New York 16 and 17-year-olds can now enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry, a legislative change that went into effect this week, coinciding with National Organ Donor Day. The new legislation enables this population to enroll in the Registry at the same time they first apply for a driver license, learner permit or non-driver ID, potentially increasing enrollments in New York by thousands.

The new law includes appropriate safeguards that allow parents or legal guardians to rescind the decision if the minor dies before the age of 18.

In addition, you can register through the New York State Health Department’s website, http://www.health.ny.gov/donatelife or on your voter registration form.