COVID-19 Home Tests and Collection Kits

Pick up home tests near me   Get home tests mailed to me

Did you know free home tests are widely available? They're easy to use, and rapid home tests give results in minutes, making them the test of choice. 

You can pick up home tests in your community, or get tests mailed to you.

Feeling sick and need a test sooner? Get tested and treated at a one-stop Test to Treat site.

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Not sure how to use a home test?

Here's how to test at home (step-by-step guide, with photos and videos).

Test positive? Unsure what's next?

Pick up home tests near you

Get 10 rapid home tests from local organizations (FREE)

You may be able to pick up 10 free home tests, per visit, at a local organization. NCDHHS is partnering with community organizations for test distribution. Search our map to find a nearby Community Access Point.

Buy from local pharmacy (May be free with insurance)

Check with your local pharmacy for home tests. You may be able to buy rapid tests using insurance (including Medicaid) or get reimbursed.

Get home tests mailed to you

Can't wait for tests in the mail? Pick up tests near you or find a testing location near you

You may be able to order five free rapid home tests through Project Access COVID Tests (ACT). (1-2 weeks for delivery.)

If you get tests that show a July 2022 expiration date, don’t worry! The FDA extended the shelf-life of these tests. Check new expiration dates here.

You may be able to buy tests online from a retail pharmacy using insurance (including Medicaid) or get reimbursed.

PCR tests are slower but usually more accurate, and may be useful if an official test is needed. Tests are shipped to you via FedEx Overnight. You'll mail back your swab and get results a few days later.

Live in Western North Carolina?

People living in zip codes that begin with 287, 288, and 289 can order free, self-swab PCR test kits by visiting between now and January 15, 2023. Order yours now so you have it when you need it!

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