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Eligibility Requirements

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To ensure the safety of blood donation for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood. The final determination will be made on the day of the donation at the blood drive or blood donation center. If you were deferred from donating in the past, you may be able to donate again.

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information.

Important note to users.


View specific eligibility criteria by:

Donation Type Donation Frequency
Blood (whole blood)
Every 56 days
Platelets
Every 7 days, up to 24 times / year
Plasma
Every 28 days, up to 13 times / year
Double Red Cells
Every 112 days, up to 3 times / year

Blood Donors Must:

* Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control. If you are not feeling well on the day of your donation, please contact us to reschedule.
Blood Eligibility for Male and Female Donors

Double Red Cell Donors

If you are male, you must:

  • Be healthy and feeling well
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states
  • Be at least 5'1"
  • Weigh at least 130 lbs.

    Please note higher requirements may apply in certain cases. Check with your donor center to confirm.
 

 

If you are female, you must:

  • Be healthy and feeling well
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states
  • Be at least 5'5"
  • Weigh at least 150 lbs.

    Please note higher requirements may apply in certain cases. Check with your donor center to confirm.

Other aspects of each potential donor's health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin (or hematocrit) are measured.

Making donations for your own use during surgery (autologous blood donation) is considered a medical procedure that requires a written prescription and the rules for eligibility are less strict than for regular volunteer donations.