New legislation goes into effect this week that will allow 16 and 17 year olds to register for organ, eye and tissue donation.

Coinciding with National Organ Donation Day (February 14th) this new legislation gives all New Yorkers the ability to enroll in the registry at the time they first apply for a drivers license, learner permit or non-driver ID.  The Governor says they hope the new law will increase the number of enrollments into the donation registry by thousands.

"This new law is a balanced effort to help in this administration’s efforts to expand state’s donor registry and help more New Yorkers receive the gift of life," Governor Cuomo said. "With this action, we are taking one more step toward a stronger, healthier New York for all."

The new legislation was signed into law in August. The law includes safeguards that will allow parents or legal guardians to rescind the decision should the the minor pass away before the age of 18. For those interested in organ donation please visit the New York State Health Department's website, or for more information on the registry click here.