You can pick up free at-home self-test tests at distribution sites. One test is recommended per person.
Locations and site hours are available online.
Order Self-Test Kits from Federal Government
Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available to order online and by phone from the Federal Government. These rapid tests give results within 30 minutes. Lab drop-off is not required.
Every home in the United States is eligible to order 4 free at-home tests per residential address. Tests will ship starting the week of December 19, 2022.
The United States Postal Service will deliver tests to anyone who wants them. All orders in the continental United States will be sent through First Class Package Service.
If you provide an email address, you will receive email notifications with shipping updates. Once your order is shipped, you will receive an email with an estimated delivery date and a tracking number. You can track the status of your delivery on USPS.com.
Learn more and order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests at covidtests.gov.
You can get assistance 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.