Nina Postupack, Ulster County Clerk announces that the Ulster County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office is teaming up with Donate Life NYS and DMV offices around the state during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Donate Life Month is a national month-long observance aimed at raising public awareness of the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, as nearly 9,500 New Yorkers currently wait for transplants.
On Friday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Kingston DMV office, located at 244 Fair Street, Kingston, will be hosting an information table encouraging New Yorkers to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and the impact it has on thousands of New Yorkers. There will be decorations, refreshments, and promotional items that urge New Yorkers to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors.
New York has the third highest need for donors in the country, yet the second lowest percentage of registered donors. Out of the approximately 9,500 New Yorkers on the waiting list, over 1,700 have been waiting for life saving and improving transplants for more than 5 years. Each year, an estimated 400 men, women and children in the state die because to the shortage of donors. Enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death.
“Making the decision to become an organ and tissue donor is one of the most self-less acts that a person can perform,” says Nina Postupack, Ulster County Clerk. “Through our office, we can build awareness of organ donation and allow Ulster County residents to give the gift of life.”
New Yorkers age 16 and older can enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry at their local DMV offices when applying for their junior driver license. This opportunity can also be found on the forms used to apply or renew a driver license or non-driver identification card. When you enroll through this method, a symbol of a heart and the words “Organ Donor” will be printed on the front of your driver license or non-driver identification card at no extra cost.
New Yorkers can also enroll electronically through the MyDMV website if they have a driver license or non-driver identification card. Enrolling through this method will not result in a new driver license or non-driver identification card with a heart symbol and the words “Organ Donor”.
New Yorkers have the unique opportunity to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through the voter registration form and when applying for health insurance through the New York State of Health (nystateofhealth.ny.gov).
Most recently, New Yorkers can now register online through the new New York State Donate Life Registry website at donatelife.ny.gov.
For more information please contact Nina Postupack, at 340-3040.