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.

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. 

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 membership stats, there were hundreds 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 7,000 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.