Need something else?

The Free Mask Locator is an online tool that can help you find pharmacies in your zip code that provide free N95 masks. 

This online tool does not show current inventory. You should check with the pharmacy first for availability.

Rapid Self-Test Kits

Pick Up Self-Test Kits at City Sites

You can pick up free at-home rapid testing kits at various sites throughout the city. One kit is recommended per person. 

The list of locations and hours is 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 3 sets of 4 free at-⁠home tests per residential address. If an order was previously placed for your address, you can place a second order now. Tests will usually ship within 7-12 days of ordering.

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


Learn more and order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests at

By Phone

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.

Insurance Reimbursement

Starting January 15, most people with a health plan can go online, or to a pharmacy or store to purchase an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance. 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 will be required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month, according to White House officials. For instance, a family of four all on the same plan would be able to get up to 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month. However, plans are not required to provide coverage of testing (including an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 test) that is for employment purposes.

The Biden-Harris Administration is "incentivizing" insurers and group health plans to set up programs that will allow Americans to get the over-the-counter tests (PCR and rapid tests) directly through preferred pharmacies, retailers or other entities with no out-of-pocket costs.
For people whose health care providers have ordered a COVID-19 test, the Biden administration said there will not be a limit on the number of tests that are covered — including at-home tests.

Consumers can find out from their plan or insurer if it provides direct coverage of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests through such a program or whether they 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.

Currently, state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs must cover FDA-authorized at-home COVID-19 tests without cost-sharing. At this time original Medicare cannot pay for at-home tests through this program. Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage and payment for at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 tests, so consumers covered by Medicare Advantage should check with their plan.

Learn more about insurance paid at-home COVID tests.

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