Age Questions (for those under ages 18 and 21)

  • Specific information for Members ages 12 and under
    • I am under the age of 13. Can I create an account on this website?
    • No. In order to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, we cannot collect information from users ages 12 or younger. Until your 13th birthday, please do not create an account here. Accounts will be deleted if the account holder is found to be under 13.

    • I am under the age of 13. Do I need to pay to attend? Do my parents have to accompany me for the entire convention?
    • Minors from ages birth to 12 do not need to pay for a Membership to the convention. They must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times, defined by us as remaining within a line of sight. The accompanying parent must purchase a convention membership.

    • Can an older brother/uncle/family friend accompany me?
    • No. It must be your parents, or a person named by the court to be legally responsible for you.

  • Specific information for Members ages 13 to 17
    • I am from 13 to 17 years old. Do I need the permission of my parents to attend?
    • Yes. If you are under 18 years old at the time of the convention, you need permission from your parents or a legal guardian in order to attend. This rule is necessary due to unfortunate situations in years past.

      Permission is obtained by downloading and printing out the minor consent form, which can be found on our registration page in the months leading up to the convention. Your parent or legal guardian must fill out the form, and then have it taken to a notary and signed in the notary's presence. The other way permission can be obtained is to have your parents come to Registration with you and fill out the parental consent form on site.

    • I am from 13 to 17 years old. Do my parents have to accompany me at the convention, or attend the convention?
    • From 13 to 17, minors may feel free to enjoy the convention on their own, with or without their parents, once the minor has their membership badge. We do recommend careful planning of meet times and contact plans if minors wish to spend extended time on their own. Parents are very welcome to purchase their own membership and attend Anthrocon, but do not need to.

    • I am not yet 18, but I will be 18 before or during the convention. Do I have to wait until I turn 18 before I can register?
    • No, there's no need to wait. As long as you will turn 18 before the convention starts, you do not need to have your parents' permission -- although if you live with them, we really do recommend you let them know where you will be. No use making them worry!

      If your 18th birthday is during the convention, you must have the signed permission form and will be issued a minor badge. You may exchange your minor badge for an adult badge free of charge at Registration on your birthday.

    • Can an older brother/uncle/family friend sign for me?
    • No. It must be your parents, or a person named by the court to be legally responsible for you.

    • I am an emancipated minor. What do I do about a permission form?
    • Emancipated minors need to bring court documents that prove that legal status. You will still be issued a Minor badge, but will not need any permission forms.

    • I am a minor from outside the USA, and notarization does not exist or is incredibly expensive in my country. What should I do?
    • Contact us ahead of time and we'll discuss your options.

    • I have my permission form and it's been signed and notarized. Do I send it to you or do I bring it to the convention?
    • We recommend that you send a photocopy to us (make sure the notary seal is legible) with your registration form and bring along the original to the convention. This way you have something to back you up if the mail gets lost or your bags get misrouted on the way to the convention.

  • General information for all Members ages birth to 17
    • Can I get a hotel room on my own?
    • No. You must be 18 to get a hotel room. If you will be staying overnight, we strongly recommend against making rooming arrangements with anyone that you do not know personally (and by that we mean face-to-face, not someone you met over the internet); better still, it should be someone that your parents have met and whose company they approve. Anthrocon prides itself on providing a safe environment for its Members, but we are nonetheless a large gathering of people from all parts of the world, and one should be appropriately cautious. If you must room with newly met roommates, it is wisest to make sure your parents have their complete contact information, have spoken with them, and have their trust.

    • I don't have a driver's license or any sort of photo ID because I'm young. How can I get in?
    • You will need SOME form of photo identification that lists your name and date of birth. Our recommendation is for a Passport. It serves as positive identification anywhere in the world and you can get one even if you are very young. A State ID is usually an available and inexpensive option; It is similar to a driver's license. Minimum ages vary by state; for PA the minimum age is 10.

      If you cannot get government-issued ID in time, then you should bring as many pieces of identification as you can: birth certificate, a school ID (especially with photo), or any official documents or sources including Photograph, Name, and/or Date Of Birth. If you have any questions, you can contact us ahead of time and we can see what we can work out.

    • I lost my ID on the way to the convention. Can I still get in?
    • We hear this one every year. It won't work.

    • My parents don't understand what Furries are (or have gotten a bad impression). How can I explain it to them?
    • There are two pages on this site that can help. The first is "What is Furry", and the second is "About Anthrocon". Show these to your parents. There have also been extensive discussions on our Discussion Boards that may be helpful to you such as here, here, here, and here.

      A lot of young folks take the wrong tactic when trying to explain Furry Fandom to their parents, in that they spend so much time concentrating on what our fandom is not that they wind up giving a very bad impression. Tell them instead what it is. If you have any questions, you can contact us -- or better still, have your parents email us. We'd be happy to explain to them what we are all about.

      You can also introduce your parents to some of our honored guests from the past. If you cannot convince your parents what Furry Fandom is all about, you can tell them, "THIS is what Anthrocon is all about.":

    • My parents do not want to let me attend by myself. Now what?
    • Why not ask your parents to come to the convention with you? According to our 2007 membership stats, there were a number of people over age 40 who attended the convention. We occasionally have get-togethers and other events for Parents of Furries. If they worry that they might be bored at the convention (A rare thing indeed), the Pittsburgh area has tons of things to see and do.

      It is also worth pointing out that the Chairman's parents have attended the convention frequently since 1999, as well as the parents and family members of other staff. Several times, parents attending Anthrocon have gotten just as into the events as their children. We are a growing convention because Members have a good time, and your parents are likely to as well.

    • My friends all think I am weird because I am a Furry. Am I?
    • If you are, then you will be in the company of more than 6000 people who are just as weird as you are, so what does it matter what your friends think?

    • I am under 21 years of age. Can I drink alcohol in a private hotel room?
    • No. Pennsylvania State Law is very strict about underage drinking. If we as organizers learn of underage drinking, we are required by law to report it. If you are under 21 years old, please do not consume alcoholic beverages while at the convention.

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