You can pick up or order free, at-home COVID-19 self-test kits. These rapid tests give results within 30 minutes. Lab dropoff is not required.
Pick Up Kits
You can pick up free at-home test kits at over 250 NYC walk-up distribution sites. One test is recommended per person.
Free rapid test kits will continue to be available while supplies last.
Every home in the United States can order four free test kits per residential address from the Federal government.
You can order the kits online or by phone. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver through First Class Package Service.
If you provide an email address, you will get emails with shipping updates. Once your order is shipped, you will get an email with an estimated delivery date and a tracking number. You can track the status of your delivery on USPS.com.
Order free at-home self-test kits.
You can get help by phone if you are having difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support to place your order.
- Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Division: Test Kit Fulfillment Line
- Phone Number: (800) 232-0233
- Business Hours: Daily: 8 AM - Midnight
- Staff is available during business hours. Most languages are available through a representative.
As of January 15, 2022, most people with a health plan can purchase a free at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This applies whether you purchased your health plan on your own or whether you get health insurance through your job.
Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. However, plans are not required to provide coverage of testing (including an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 test) for employment purposes.
Depending on your insurance, you will either get the test free at the point of sale, or you will be reimbursed for the cost of the test by filing a claim. Contact your insurer to find out if your health plan provides direct coverage of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests through such a program, or if you will need to submit a claim for reimbursement.
If you are charged for your test after January 15, keep your receipt and submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Learn more about insurance-paid at-home COVID tests.