can you donate blood if you have a tattoo?

Can You Donate Blood If You Have a Tattoo?

The quick answer is yes, you can donate blood if you have one or multiple tattoos.

How soon after a tattoo can you donate blood?

You can donate after 7 days as long as you received your tattoo in a state-regulated, licensed parlor using sterile needles and non-reusable ink.

If these requirements aren’t met, it will be a 4-month deferral for donating blood.

Why can’t you donate blood after getting a tattoo?

The only reason you would not be able to donate blood 7 days from when you received your tattoo would be if you got the tattoo in a non-state-regulated tattoo parlor, the artist used unsterile needles, and/or the ink used was reused.

Check with your local tattoo parlor to see if they are state-regulated facilities.  Many tattoo parlors in California are state regulated.

Currently, the only states that DO NOT regulate tattoo facilities are:

  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • and Wyoming.

Where can I schedule my next donation appointment?

The easiest way to schedule your next blood donation appointment is by going to or clicking here.

We recommend checking our Medicine Deferral List before scheduling your appointment.