N.Y. Public Health Law Section 4209-A
Procedure for obtaining identification by persons opposed to the dissection or autopsy of their bodies upon their death


Except as required by law, no dissection or autopsy shall be performed on the body of any person who is carrying an identification card upon his person indicating his opposition to such dissection or autopsy. To be valid, this card must be signed and dated by the person opposed to the dissection or autopsy and must be notarized. The card shall measure at least two inches by three inches and shall be made of a cardboard based material. The card shall state: “I, ............................................................, (insert the name of the person opposed to dissection or autopsy) do not consent to the dissection or autopsy of my body except as is required by law.”

Source: Section 4209-A — Procedure for obtaining identification by persons opposed to the dissection or autopsy of their bodies upon their death, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBH/4209-A (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jul. 13, 2024).

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Sep. 22, 2014

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