Frequently Asked Questions

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Will I be compensated for my donation?

Yes. Plasma donors are financially rewarded for the time they spend donating plasma.  New donors can receive up to $130 for their first four qualified donations. Contact the donation center nearest you for information about ongoing fees and bonus programs.

What do I need to bring on my first donation?

You’ll need the following:

  • 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.
In addition to these items, please make sure you:
  • Drink plenty of water or juice the day before donating
  • Stay away from alcohol
  • Get a good night’s rest
  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco an hour before donating

Is donating safe?

Donating plasma is very safe. The plasma donation industry is strictly regulated, and we have safety precautions in place that meet or exceed every regulation. You can find more specific information about safety and quality here.

What happens when you donate?

Donating plasma is a bit more involved than donating blood. The actual donation process is similar, but you will also be asked to sign forms, complete a physical evaluation and answer questions for a confidential medical history. Take a step-by-step look at the process to find out more.

What is done with the plasma?

The plasma that people donate is made into life-saving medicines for children and adults with serious illnesses. One of the reasons plasma is so valuable is because it cannot be manufactured, and therefore must come from the heroes who are willing to spend time donating. Take a look at the donor to patient process to see how the plasma is made into medicines.