Am I eligible?

Am I eligible to give blood?


Donor Age:

  • New donors are accepted from their 16th birthday up to their 66th birthday.
  • Existing/Regular donors are accepted up to their 71st birthday.
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  • Regular donors from 71st to their 76th birthday may be accepted subject to authorisation by a NZBS Medical Officer (please enquire at your next donation if you fall within these age limits).


  • Weigh at least 50kg.
  • First time donors who are under 25 years of age must also meet height and weight criteria. Find out if you meet the height and weight criteria by using our eligiblity quiz above.


  • You must be in good health at the time you donate.
  • You cannot donate if you have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection.
  • If you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure. (See the Detailed Eligibility Criteria  for more details under "Tattoo" or "Body Piercing".)
  • If you have visited the dentist for a minor procedure you must wait 24 hours before donating; for major work wait a month.


  • You must not have lived in the United Kingdom, France or the Republic of Ireland between 1980 and 1996 for a cumulative 6 months or more. Find out why here.
  • Travel to areas where mosquito-borne infections are endemic, e.g. malaria, and dengue and Zika virus infections, may result in a temporary deferral but this will depend on a number of factors so please check the  "Donating after Travelling" tool to find out when you can donate.


  • You must have eaten some food during the four hours prior to donation.

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  • You must bring appropriate identification with you each time you donate.
  • Acceptable ID is a document or a combination of documents, which contains three (3) unique points of personal information. These can be: full name, photograph, date of birth, home address, donor ID/registration number, workplace (work ID cards only) or school (school ID cards only).

Personal Identification Leaflet (pdf, 54 KB)

More information on eligibility to donate:

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