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NCAA football athlete on playing fieldNewborn Screening Results: Sickle Cell Trait

The California Newborn Screening (NBS) Program has been screening all babies in California for sickle cell disease since February 27, 1990. The screening methodology used in California also identifies babies with sickle cell trait and other hemoglobin traits​. ​Screening results are available for those born on or after February 27, 1990. 

NCAA Student Athletes

NCAA Student Athletes may fill out CDPH Form 4400 (PDF) to get newborn screening hemoglobin results, including sickle cell trait results. These results will satisfy the NCAA requirement for college student athletes to have documentation of their sickle cell status. 

It may take up to a month to process your request. 

Please read who can fill out CDPH Form 4400​: 

  1. If the student is 18 years or older: the student must fill the form. Parents, caregivers, or guardians cannot request results for children 18 years or older
  2. If the student is under 18 years: parents, caregivers, or guardians​ must fill out the form to request results​

The results will be emailed to the email address or addresses provided. Include your email address or the email addresses of coaches or trainers or both for reporting of results.​

Please note that you can also get a sickle cell trait test from your doctor or medical provider. Documentation of that test would also satisfy the NCAA requirement. 

To reque​​st res​​ults

If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat ​software on your computer, you will need to download the program to fill out CDPH Form 4400 (PDF) and submit it online. 

To download Adobe Acrobat: On the Adobe Acrobat web page, click on the “Download Adobe Reader” button and follow the instructions on the screen to download the program to your computer.​

Step 1: Download the form

Download CDPH Form 4400 to a computer. 
How you download a file depends on which  program you are using. Follow the instructions for downloading the file, based on which program you have available.
  • Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Firefox user: please right click the CDPH Form 4400 (PDF) link and choose “Save link as” to download the file and save it
  • Safari (Mac) user: ​​please click the ​CDPH 4400 (PDF) form link to download the file. You will need to save it to your computer too.

Step 2: Save the file

Find the "Download" folder on your computer where the file has downloaded. Click on the file to open it. The fields to fill out should be outlined in red. 

If the fields are not outlined in red, save the file to the computer again, then close that file. Reopen the file from the "Download" folder.

Step 3: Fill out the form

Fill out all the required fields outlined in red. Include all basic information. If you do not have information to put in one or two fields that are not outlined in red, leave them blank.

Step 4: Send in the form online

When the form is filled and ready, send in the form online by clicking on the “Submit Online” button at the top of CDPH Form 4400. Clicking on that button should create an email that is ready to send. Send the email.

​​If you are unable to submit the form online

If the “Submit Online” button does not work, there are other ways to send in CDPH Form 4400.

  1. ​When CDPH Form 4400 is filled and ready,​ save it to the computer again. ​Email the PDF file from your computer​ by attaching it to an email addressed to, or

  2. Print out CDPH Form 4400 using the “Print” button on the second page. On the printed form, fill in the required fields using a pen in BLOCK letters that are easy to read. Scan the form to a computer or take a photo of CDPH Form 4400​ with a phone. Email the PDF version of CDPH Form 4400 from your computer​ or phone by attaching it to an email addressed to​

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  Will you send a copy of my results to my coach?
A:  Yes, if you list the email address for your coach in the “Release Records to” section of CDPH Form 4400.
Q:  It’s been more than a few weeks. Where are my results?!
A:  Email us at This mailbox is monitored regularly. Please remember, because of the number of requests received, it can take a month to process each request. We are unable to rush results, even in special circumstances. 

If you need your results sooner, please contact your physician for sickle cell trait testing.
Q:  Do I have to fill this out next year, too?
A:  No, you do not have to resubmit CDPH Form 4400 to the same place every year if you have already received your results. Sickle cell trait results, like blood type, do not change.

Q:  Why do I need to save CDPH Form 4400 to my computer before filling it out online?

A:  CDPH Form 4400 was designed this way. The form file needs to be saved to your computer, closed, and reopened before you can fill the form out and submit it online. Once you have saved the form to your computer, go to the download folder and open the file. 

When you reopen the form, the fields you need to fill out will be outlined in red. That is how you know the form is live and can be submitted online. ​​Fill in at least all of the fields outlined in red. Then click on the "Submit Online" button at the top of the form. to submit the form online.

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