How do I become a donor?

First, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet the age requirements for the plasma donation center where you will be donating plasma. They are the following:

  • For Biomat USA: you must be between the ages of 18 and 69*;

    PlasmaCare: you must be between the ages of 18 and 66* and

    Talecris Plasma Resources: you must be between the ages of 18 and 64*.

* 19 years of age and older in Alabama

Second, you must provide:

  • A valid photo ID. This can include a driver's license, state-issued identification, passport, or military ID. If you are a student, you can bring your school ID and a copy of your birth certificate in order to verify your birth date. If you have an out-of-state ID, you'll need to provide proof of your current address (see below).
  • Proof of your social security number. This can include a social security card, or a W-2 or paycheck stub printed with your full name and entire social security number. You may also obtain social security verification from your local Supplemental Security Income (SSI) office. If you are not a US citizen, you may provide proof of your Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN).
  • Proof of address. This can include the information printed on your photo ID, W-2 or paycheck stub if your current address is listed, or a piece of mail with your name and address printed on the envelope and postmarked within the previous 30 days, such as a utility bill. You may also bring a copy of your current lease.

People who live in temporary housing such as a shelter or mission house are not eligible to donate.

Is donating plasma safe?

Thousands of people safely donate plasma everyday. We only use sterile, one-time-use, disposable materials. Our highly-trained staff follows strict safety guidelines when collecting your plasma to ensure your well-being and comfort. Our goal is to meet or exceed all applicable regulatory requirements.

How long does the process take?

The entire donation experience lasts approximately two to three hours for new donors and approximately one and a half to two hours for return donors. The process takes a bit longer for new donors because of the physical exam. As a regular donor, you will receive a physical exam annually.

Why and how are plasma donors paid?

Plasma donors are compensated because of the time commitment involved in being a regular plasma donor. Unlike donating blood, plasma donations can take up to two hours and sometimes longer. In addition, plasma donors can donate two times in a seven day period and only plasma from repeat donors is used to make plasma derived products.

What should I do before donating?

Eat a healthy meal before your visit and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drinks, such as juice and water, the day before and the day of your donation. Just before donating, we recommend that you avoid foods high in fat and cholesterol, strenuous exercise and smoking cigarettes.