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New York – Advance Directives on Your Driver’s License

As in most states, when applying for a driver’s license, New Yorkers are prompted to answer whether they are an organ donor.  Pending legislation would extend this prompt to advance directives.


A.B. 449 adds a question on the application for a driver’s license or non-driver identification cards: “Have you executed an advance directive?”  

Nothing in this legislation would require an individual to complete an advance directive. Rather, it would simply ask applicants if they have completed a health care proxy or living will. 

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