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Can I donate blood if I have a tattoo?

Yes, you can.

If you got a tattoo in the last twelve months and it was applied by a state regulated entity, which uses sterile needles and ink that is not reused—and you meet all donor eligibility requirements—you can donate blood. Good news…California is a state that regulates tattoo shops.

Remember, tattoos also include tattoo “touch ups” and permanent cosmetic tattoos.

Inked and want to save lives? Make an appointment to donate blood today.

If you have any questions or for more information, please call us at 1-800-4MY-SDBB or 1-800-469-7322.