At-Home COVID-19 Tests and Collection Kits

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You can take an at-home test at home or anywhere for results. You can use them regardless of your vaccination status and even if you do not have symptoms.

At-home tests, also called self tests, include a nasal swab for you to collect samples from your nose:

Many federal and state programs offer free, easy access to home tests.

3 Ways to Get Rapid At-Home Tests (Results in Minutes)

Order Free Rapid At-Home Tests from the Federal Program

Every U.S. household is eligible to order free at-home tests (eight rapid tests included in order). No ID, credit card or health insurance required.

Get Info/Order Free Tests

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Pick Up Free Tests at Local Organizations

Free rapid at-home tests may be available for pick up in your community. NCDHHS is partnering with community organizations for test distribution.

Search our map for participating locations.

Find Pick-Up Sites Near You

Buy Online or At Local Pharmacy Using Health Insurance

Rapid at-⁠home tests are available to buy around the U.S. Check with online retail pharmacies or your local pharmacy for availability.

Check if you can buy using insurance or get reimbursed.

How to Buy With Insurance

How to Get a PCR Home Collection Kit (Results in 3 Days)

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is working to ensure every North Carolinian can access COVID-19 testing. NCDHHS has partnered with NC-based Labcorp to provide no-cost, at-home COVID-19 collection kits. 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or think you may need to get tested, please get tested. Results are typically available 1-2 days after the sample arrives at the lab. 

Who is eligible? 

Anyone 18 and older in NC can request a kit for themselves online using the steps below. Parents or guardians can request a kit for ages 2-17. 

Four Easy Steps to Request Your Kit and Get Results

  1. Visit Labcorp OnDemand. Follow the instructions to request your kit. Your kit will be mailed via FedEx Overnight shipping. 
  2. Register your kit and collect your sample. Carefully follow the instructions in your collection kit. These instructions tell you how to register your kit online and how to use the swab provided to collect your sample. 
  3. Mail your sample back to the lab. Use the prepaid shipping envelope in your kit to mail your sample. 
  4. Check your results. Use the secure Labcorp OnDemandTM account you made in Step 1 to check your test results. Results are typically available 1-2 days after the sample arrives at the lab.