Am I Eligible

Find out if you are eligible to donate blood.

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)
  • Health: General good health
  • Identification: Valid identification such as a driver’s license,
    DMV identification card, passport, etc.
Quick Tips:
  • 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.

Donor Giving Blood

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:

Deferral Criteria
Allergy No Wait
Abortion/Miscarriage 6 weeks
Acupuncture Can donate if single-use equipment is used
Alcohol Consumption No wait unless intoxicated
Anemia (past diagnosis) No wait if corrected
Blood Donation, Apheresis 48 Hours
Blood Donation, Whole 8 Weeks
Cancer, treated surgically with radiation or chemotherapy, except for hematological cancers 1 Year (except basal and squamous cell, if cancer removed)
Cold No wait if no sore throat or fever
Cough No wait if no sore throat or fever
Sore Throat Until well, no symptoms
Diabetes No wait if medically controlled
Ear and Body Piercing See Acupuncture
Electrolysis See Acupuncture
Gonorrhea 1 Year after treatment is completed
Heart Disease: Angina or Heart Attack
(M.I., No Heart Medication)
6 month wait if asymptomatic and no activity restrictions
Heart Disease: Angioplasty or Bypass Surgery
(No Heart Medication)
6 month wait if asymptomatic and no activity restrictions
Hepatitis Contact Depends on Type
Herpes Free of Fever/Systemic Symptoms
High Blood Pressure No Wait if Medically Controlled
Malaria Permanently Deferred
Immigration from Malarial Area 3 Years
Travel to Malarial Area 1 Year
Pregnancy 6 Week Wait After Delivery
Recent Surgery When Released from MD’s Care
Syphilis 1 Year after treatment is complete
Tattoo No Wait, if received at CA professional tattoo parlor
Have had sex with someone who has hepatitis B or symptomatic hepatitis C 12 months after last sexual contact
Have had sex with anyone who has used needles to take drugs or steroids or anything not prescribed by their doctor 12 months after last sexual contact
You are a man who has had sex with another man 12 months after last sexual contact
Immunization/Vaccines (Shots)
Flu/Pneumonia Vaccine No Wait
MMR 4 Weeks
Rubeola (Measles), Yellow Fever, Mumps and Oral Polio 2 Weeks
Rubella (German Measles) 4 Weeks
Hepatitis A No Wait
Hepatitis B 7 day wait
TB Skin Test 48 Hours
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid (injection) and Cholera No Wait
Typhoid (oral) 14 days
Varicella (Chicken Pox) 4 Weeks
Allergy Shots No Wait
Accutane 1 Month
Allergy Medications No Wait
Antibiotics One Day After Last Dose, symptom-free
Flagyl No Wait
High Blood Pressure Medicine No Wait
Oral Contraceptives No Wait
Propecia 1 Month
Proscar 1 Month
Tegison (for Psoriasis) Permanently Deferred
Tetracycline for Acne No Wait
Vitamins No Wait
Anti-platelet agent Call 888-393-GIVE Anti-coagulants Call 888-393-GIVE