Coronavirus Testing

Pre-registration for Public Testing

It’s best to get testing through your provider, but if you need to use public testing, you can save time in line by visiting to create a profile from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Test Yourself Express Rapid Antigen Tests


Rapid Test Pick Up Locations for August 11

Rapid Test Pickup Locations, August 11

Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street, NW, from 12 pm to 8 pm
West End Library, 2301 L Street, NW, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street, NE, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Shaw Library (Watha T. Daniel), 1630 7th Street, NW, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place, SW, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Avenue, SE, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road, SE, from 12 pm to 8 pm

Senior Sites Test Pick Up Locations for Seniors 65+

Senior Sites, August 11

Hayes Senior Wellness Center, 500 K Street, NE, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, 3531 Georgia Avenue, NW, from 1 pm to 3 pm

Rapid Test Pick Up

In addition to picking up rapid tests at the libraries listed below, residents can also visit a COVID Center. At the District's COVID Centers, individuals have access to vaccinations, boosters, take-home rapid antigen tests, and walk-up PCR tests. Find a COVID Center today.

CDC/FEMA/ETruNorth Operated PCR Testing Site

Individuals can register here to create a unique digital voucher to take with them during their appointment.

Individuals can also register onsite or call 1-800-635-8611 for assistance.

About Test Yourself DC Express

Test Yourself DC Express is a free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test that detects if you have a current COVID-19 infection in as little as 15 minutes. These tests have been authorized for Emergency Use by the US Food and Drug Administration. The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test kit is intended for the collection of anterior nasal swabs from individuals aged 15 years and older (self-collected) or 2 years and older (collected with adult assistance). Test Yourself DC Express kits are available for DC residents, with proof of address, at 8 locations throughout the District.

Pick Up Locations

Want to test at home?

  • Proof of District residency will be required (e.g, a DC ID or a piece of mail with a DC address) to pick up a test kit
  • District residents will be able to pick-up a maximum of two kits (4 rapid antigen self-tests) per day.





Mt. Pleasant Library

3160 16th Street NW

Ward 1

West End Library

2301 L Street NW

Ward 2

Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW

Ward 3

Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Avenue NW

Ward 4

Woodridge Library 1801 Hamlin Street NE

Ward 5

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) 1630 7th Street NW

Ward 6

SouthWest Library

900 Wesley Place SW Ward 6
Capitol View Library 5001 Central Avenue SE

Ward 7

Anacostia Library 1800 Good Hope Road SE

Ward 8


Monday: 10 am - 6 pm

Tuesday: 10 am - 6 pm

Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm

Thursday: 12 pm - 8 pm

Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday: Closed




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How to Use Your COVID-19 Home Testing Kit

Once you have your test kit, carefully read the instructions prior to beginning, follow the steps to complete your test, and self-report your results. If you have questions regarding the test itself, please reference the manufacturer’s website. If you have questions regarding your test results, contact your primary care provider.

Which COVID-19 Test Do I Need?


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test?
A. Rapid antigen self-tests can be taken at home and provide results within 15-30 minutes. Antigen tests detect certain proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
Q. When should the Antigen Self-Test test be used?
A. COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests are intended for the detection of the virus from individuals within 7-days of symptom onset and individuals with possible exposure to COVID-19. If individuals are asymptomatic and not fully vaccinated, and have close contact with someone with known or suspected COVID-19, testing should occur immediately upon identification of close contact exposure. If the test is negative, those individuals should test again 5-7 days after the last known exposure, or immediately if symptoms develop.
Q: Can I use a COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test for work/school reinstatement or travel purposes?
A. No. Although rapid tests may be accepted by individual employers, schools, or airlines, the rapid tests made available by DC Health are not proctored. DC Health is unable to provide copies of rapid test results or proof of rapid testing for the purpose of work/school reinstatement or travel purposes.
Q. What is the cost of the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test?
A. They are provided by DC Health for FREE with no out-of-pocket costs.
Q. Do I need to return this test to receive my results?
A. No. This is a rapid test that will produce results for the user 15 minutes after all steps have been completed. You should report your results to the DC Health Self-Test reporting portal at
Q: Where can I find test kit instructions?
A. Instructions are provided for you within the test kit box. You can also find the instructions online at iHealth. Carefully read through the instructions before beginning, follow the steps to complete your test, and report your results through the Self-Test Reporting portal.
Q.How long will it take to get my test results?
A. Tests will produce results 15-30 minutes after all steps have been completed.
Q. What do I do with my results?
A. Please report results to the DC Health Self-Test reporting portal at
Q. Is there an age limitation? Can this test be used for children?
A. COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests are intended for use by individuals 15 years and older (self-collected) or 2 years and older (collected with adult assistance).
Q. Where can I find more information about COVID-19 testing options in the District?
A. Visit for additional information about COVID-19 testing in the District.
Q. Does the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test expire?
A. The FDA granted a three-month shelf-life extension for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, which extended the shelf-life of all iHealth tests with expiration dates on or before 2022-09-29 (YYYY-MM-DD) from 6 months to 9 months. For example, if the expiration date printed on your box says 2022-05-21 (YYY-MM-DD), the updated expiration date is 2022-08-21 (YYYY-MM-DD). iHealth will continue to apply to FDA for shelf-life extensions every three months based on their stability studies. You can confirm the current expiration date for your test kit by lot number at