COVID-19 Home Tests and Collection Kits

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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.

Please note: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the shelf-life of some at-home tests. Check here to see when your test expires.

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.

COVIDtests.gov federal program (FREE)

Every U.S. household is eligible to order free at-home tests (four rapid tests per order, mailed via USPS).

Order my tests

If you are blind or have low vision, order accessible tests.

Project Access COVID Tests (FREE)

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

Check my zip code for availability

Order from a retail pharmacy (May be free with insurance)

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

How to buy tests with insurance

Order a PCR home collection kit (May be free with insurance)

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.

The deadline to order a PCR home collection kit is Feb. 15, 2023. If you order a kit before Feb. 15, 2023, and need to return it for results, you can still do so until Feb. 28, 2023.

Request a PCR kit

Live in Western North Carolina?

The deadline to order PCR tests from ineedacovid19test.com has passed. If you ordered tests before Jan. 15, 2023, and need to return it for results, you can still do so.

Have questions?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.