Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. The tests are completely free. There are no shipping costs, and you don’t have to give a credit card or bank account number.
- Go to COVIDtests.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to order your free COVID test kits from the federal government. Online, if you click to order, you’ll be redirected to special.usps.com/testkits. If you follow a link from a news story, double-check the URL that shows in your browser’s address bar.
- No one will call, text, or email you from the federal government to ask for your information to “help” you order free kits. Only a scammer will contact you, asking for information like your credit card, bank account, or Social Security number. Do not respond. Instead, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
By the way, private health insurance companies are also mandated to cover the cost of any additional at-home rapid COVID-19 test purchases. Insurance companies are required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per person per month, so a family of four can get 32 tests per month for free.