How to Become an Organ Donor in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

| October 16, 2011 7:15 PM

Cooler used to transport organs from donor to transplant recipient. One donor can potentially supply organs to eight different people. Photo courtesy of BioEthics.net.

There are 121,805 people in the United States currently waiting for organ transplants, and a new name is added to the waiting list every 11 minutes, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. On average, 18 people die every day while waiting for organs.

Thinking about end of life issues can be difficult for many people, but consider this: If you are a registered organ donor and you die, you alone can potentially save the lives of eight people.

The process of registering to be an organ donor varies from state to state, and in most states there are multiple options for how you can sign up.

Here’s how to become a donor in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut:

New York

  1. At the Department of Motor Vehicles office. Check off the donor box on the form for your driver’s license application or renewal, or when applying for or renewing a non-driver identification card.
  2. Fill out a form online. Fill out the Donor Registry enrollment form on this website. Once you’ve filled out the form online, print it, sign it and mail it to the New York State Department of Health.
  3. Through the mail. Download a Donor Registry enrollment form and mail it in.

New Jersey

  1. Online. In New Jersey, you can apply online without having to print out and mail in a form.
  2. At the Motor Vehicle Commission office. You can register when applying for, or renewing, a driver’s license or non-driver identification card.
  3. Get a form. Request a paper registration form at 1-800-SHARE-NJ or download one here.

Connecticut

  1. Online. In Connecticut, you can apply online without having to print out and mail in a form.
  2. At the Department of Motor Vehicles office. Check off the donor box on your form for your driver’s license application or renewal, or when applying for or renewing a non-driver identification card.

 

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