CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Saratoga County DMV in Clifton Park is partnering with Donate Life New York State to encourage people to register as organ donors.

The Saratoga County DMV partners with Donate Life New York State each year to recognize April as National Donate Life Month, an annual observance highlighting the critical need for increased organ, eye, and tissue donation in New York State.

During the month of April, the Saratoga County DMV office urges all residents to learn more about donations and to say yes to donation while completing transactions at the DMV.

According to the Saratoga County DMV, nearly 9,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and 1,500 have been waiting five years or longer. They add that each year, an estimated 400 men, women, and children in New York State die because an organ doesn’t become available in time.

Approximately 42% of New Yorkers are enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry – the electronic database that documents a person’s consent to be an organ and tissue donor at the time of their death. While more than 6 million New Yorkers are registered donors, this represents the second lowest percentage of registered donors in the country.

All New Yorkers age 16 and older can enroll in the New York State Donor Registry, regardless of their medical history. The enrollment option is available on forms used to apply for or renew a driver license or non-driver identification card. New Yorkers can also enroll in the Registry while applying for health insurance through the New York State of Health and on voter registration forms. In addition, online enrollment is available at any time.