requirements to donate blood
Am I Eligible
Find out if you are eligible to donate blood.
- Am I Eligible
General Requirements for Blood Donation
Blood Donor Qualifications: (English) (Spanish)
- Age: 18(16 and 17 year-olds can donate with a Minor Donor Permission Form signed by a parent or guardian)(Spanish)
- Weight: At least 110 lbs
(different requirements for 16-22 year-olds see Blood Donor Qualifications)
DMV identification card, passport, etc.
- Diet: A well-balanced meal is recommended within four hours of donation.
- Hydrate: Being well-hydrated helps donors maintain blood volume and can prevent dizziness or fainting.
Do not donate if any of the following apply to you:
- HIV/AIDS: You are a person with symptoms or laboratory evidence of HIV infection.
- Cancer: Hematological, ie: Hodgkin, Leukemia, Lymphomas.
- Hepatitis: A history of the disease after the age of 11, or a positive lab test for the virus.
- Organ Failure: Kidney, lung or liver failure.
- Recreational Drug Use (by injection): Having injected yourself with drugs not prescribed by a physician.
- United Kingdom: You have visited or lived in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar or Falkland Islands for a total of 3 months or more from 1980 thru 1996.
- European Countries: If you have spent a cumulative of 5 years or more since 1980.
- U.S. Military/Dependents/Civilian Military Employee: If you are U.S. Military/Dependent/Civilian Military Employee who spent a cumulative of six months or more between 1980 thru 1996 associated with a military base in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece, and/or 1980 thru 1990 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany.
- Sexual History: You have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977.
- Travel to certain countries may temporarily restrict you from donating blood. Please call 888-393-4483 for more information or click here.
Questions About Eligibility
You may need to wait before donating blood if any of the following apply: