16-Year-Old Program

16-Year-Old Program

Carter BloodCare knows that 16-year-olds can make a difference. That’s why we’re letting you make the biggest difference of all – saving lives through blood donation. Sixteen-year-olds can now donate blood. The requirements are the same as for any blood donation, but 16-year-olds must have a signed permission form from a parent or guardian. Contact your drive coordinator to make sure you can participate!

Things to Remember Before Donating

  • Bring a photo ID and proof of birth date
  • Weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health
  • If you have a tattoo or piercing you are eligible if done at a licensed Texas facility
  • Eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids starting 2 days prior to donation
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy meal 1 to 2 hours before your donation and drink the water provided by Carter BloodCare collection staff just before donation
  • Get permission forms signed


In order to donate, 16-year-olds need the following two forms signed by their parent:

  1. 16-Year-old Donor Permission Form (English) (Spanish)
  2. Zika Permission Form For Minors (English and Spanish)

Read the Zika Information Sheet for more information (English) (Spanish)

For more tips before, during and after donation, click here.