ALBANY — The state Department of Health and Department of Motor Vehicles plan to announce today a new program making it possible for state residents to join the organ donor registry online.
An announcement will be made this afternoon at the New York State Museum members' lounge.
New Yorkers can enroll in the Department of Health’s Donate Life Registry online through the Department of Motor Vehicles “MyDMV” application. Those who register through MyDMV will not need to print, sign and mail their registration application to DOH.
In New York, nearly 10,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant.
About 18 percent of New Yorkers age 18 and over have enrolled in the state Donate Life Registry, compared to the nationwide average of 42 percent, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This new application aims to improve that percentage by making signing up on the registry easier and more convenient.