N.Y. Judiciary Law Section 858
Hope cards


As used in this section, “hope card” shall mean a laminated and wallet-sized card that contains information about an order of protection.


The office of court administration shall develop a program to issue a hope card to a petitioner that has been granted a final order of protection. The program shall allow for petitioners the ability to request a hope card at the time a final order of protection has been issued while in court, and the ability to apply at a later date.


A hope card shall be provided at no cost to a requesting petitioner; and shall contain information about the respondent, as well as any information regarding any other individuals or companion animals covered under such order of protection, in addition to the petitioner. Hope cards shall have the same effect of a paper order of protection issued by the courts, and have the same validity contained therein. No limits shall be imposed on the number of hope cards a petitioner may request.


Applications for hope cards shall be made accessible in an online portal developed and maintained by the office of court administration, as well as a paper form to be made available at any court with jurisdiction to issue an order of protection. * NB Effective April 20, 2024

Source: Section 858 — Hope cards, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/JUD/858 (updated Oct. 27, 2023; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Oct. 27, 2023

§ 858’s source at nysenate​.gov

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