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How to Register to be an Organ Donor at the Department of Motor Vehicles


If you’re planning to renew your New York State driver license, apply for a new license, or obtain a non-driver photo ID card, you have the opportunity to register as an organ donor.

Becoming an organ donor at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is simple.

When you fill out your driver license or non-driver ID card application (form MV-44), there will be an area in which you can sign to enroll in the New York State Department of Health’s Donate Life Registry:

Just sign and date this section.

Your signature indicates you are legally consenting to be an organ, tissue and eye donor. It authorizes the DMV to give your information to the New York State Department of Health for enrollment in the Donate Life Registry.

You will receive a letter of confirmation from the Department of Health, which will also provide you with an opportunity to limit your donation.

Do You Have a Heart? – The Red Heart Symbol

If you enroll through the DMV, as part of a license, permit or non-driver ID transaction, a symbol of a red heart and the words “ORGAN DONOR” will be printed on the front of your document at no extra cost. 

So when someone asks you: “Do you have a heart?” you can proudly answer: “Yes!”

Not planning to renew your license any time soon?    Start the registration process online now.

What You Need to Know

  • Your decision to donate will not affect your medical treatment. Donation is not considered until all efforts to save a person’s life have failed.
  • One donor can save up to 8 lives.
  • Through tissue donation you can improve the lives of as many as 50 people.
  • There is no cost to the donor’s family.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to consent to donate.
  • Your name may be removed from the registry at any time by contacting the Department of Health.