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Information for 16 Year Old Donors

Student - Can I Give?

Parental Consent Form and a Student's Guide to Blood Donation

Donors must be at least 17-years-old to donate. However, some states allow 16-year-olds to donate blood with parental consent.

A parent will need to review the Student's Guide to Blood Donation (also available in Spanish) and sign the parent/guardian consent form for the young adult to be able to donate blood.

If your state allows 16-year-olds to donate with parental consent, then your student will need to bring the signed form to his or her blood donation appointment. A signed consent form is required each time the student plans to donate.

Please select your state from the list below to download and print the appropriate form for your
state. The form must be signed in black ink by a parent or guardian. The student
must present the signed form on the day of donation.

Sorry, you must be at least 17 years old to donate blood in that state.


Height and weight requirements

Additional height and weight requirements apply for donors who are 18-years-old and
younger and all high school donors.
Male donors who are 18-years-old and younger must weigh 110 pounds or more, depending
on their height in the following chart:

If you are



5' or taller

You must weigh at least




Female donors who are 18-years-old and younger must weigh 110 pounds or more, depending
on their height in the following chart:
If you are 4'10" 4'11" 5'


5'2" 5'3" 5'4" 5'5" 5'6" or taller
You must weigh at least 146 142 138 133 129 124 120 115 110


Proof of age

High school donors must have proof of age to ensure they meet the minimum age requirements
for donation. Donors must present a primary form of ID or two secondary forms of ID. 
Primary form of ID:
The donor needs one of the following forms of ID.
  • American Red Cross donor ID (preferred)
      Or an acceptable primary picture ID:
  • Driver's license
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service card (green card)
  • Credit card
  • State ID
  • Employee ID
  • Passport
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
Secondary form of ID:
When a primary form of ID is not available,
the donor needs two secondary forms of ID.
  • Student ID (without a photo)
  • Driver's license without a photo
  • Credit card or bank card
  • Employee ID (without a photo)
  • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Personal checkbook with name and address
  • Social Security card
  • Voter registration card
  • Payroll stub
  • Vehicle registration
  • Fishing or hunting license
  • Grocery store frequent shopper card or VIP card
  • Club or museum membership card
  • Library card with donor's name
  • Professional license (such as: RN, LPN or MT)
  • Non-American Red Cross donor card
  • Selective Service card
  • Insurance card

Students at High Schools

Without any of the previously listed forms of ID above, the ID and date of birth of a high school student may be checked by the following: 

• School officials determine the donor’s identity and date of birth from a list of potentially eligible donors (may use the yearbook to assist with the determination)

• Adult volunteers instructed on ID verification using a current yearbook picture and an additional piece of ID containing the donor’s name and age

• A parent or legal guardian can provide a document with the donor’s legal name and verbally provide the name and age when the donor does not have ID due to age

High school students may not check identification on other high school students at high school blood drives.

For more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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