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Can I donate blood if I have a tattoo?

Yes, you can.

If you got a tattoo in the last 3 months, is completely healed and was applied by a state regulated entity, which uses sterile needles and fresh ink — 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.

States that do not regulate tattoo parlors:

• Connecticut
• Georgia
• Idaho
• Maryland
• Nevada
• New York
• Pennsylvania
• Utah
• Wyoming

You need to wait 3 months after getting a tattoo in any of the above states, so set a calendar reminder.

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 619-400-8251. You can view the updated donor eligibility criteria based on FDA regulations here.

This blog was updated 10.28.2020