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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 coronavirus.dc.gov/register to create a profile from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Test Yourself

Test Yourself DC is a COVID-19 At Home Testing Kit that allows you to take a COVID-19 test at home without having to wait in line at a testing site. The COVID-19 At Home Testing Kit is intended for the collection of anterior nasal swabs from individuals age 18 years and older (self-collected), 14 years and older (self-collected under adult supervision), or 2 years and older (collected with adult assistance). Test Yourself DC kits are available for pick-up at 27 locations around the city.
 

Pick Up and Drop Off Locations

  • Drop off: By 8pm, 7 days a week

Find a pick up or drop off location here.

List of Locations

Ward 1

MT. PLEASANT LIBRARY
3160 16th Street NW, 20010

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

Ward 2

GEORGETOWN LIBRARY
3260 R Street NW, 20007-2940

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

MLK CENTRAL LIBRARY
901 G Street NW, 20001

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

WEST END LIBRARY
2301 L Street NW, 20037-1430

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

MT. VERNON SQUARE STATION
700 M Street, NW, 20001

Drop-off only: 10 am - 8 pm daily

Ward 3

CHEVY CHASE LIBRARY
5625 Connecticut Avenue NW 20015-2603

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

CLEVELAND PARK LIBRARY
3310 Connecticut Avenue NW 20008-1301

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

PALISADES REC CENTER
5200 Sherier Place, NW

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

TENLEY-FRIENDSHIP LIBRARY
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 20016

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

Ward 4

LAMOND REC CENTER
20 Tuckerman Street NE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

PETWORTH LIBRARY
4200 Kansas Avenue NW, 20011-7245

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

SHEPHERD PARK (JUANITA E. THORNTON) LIBRARY
7420 Georgia Avenue NW, 20012-1722

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

Ward 5

EDGEWOOD REC CENTER
301 Franklin Street NE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

TRINIDAD REC CENTER
1310 Childress Street, NE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

TURKEY THICKET REC CENTER
1100 Michigan Avenue NE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

WOODRIDGE LIBRARY
1801 Hamlin St. NE, 20018-2439

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

Ward 6

ARTHUR CAPPER COMMUNITY CENTER
1000 5th Street SE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm

DC HEALTH
899 N. Capitol Street NE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

ROSEDALE LIBRARY
1701 Gales Street NE

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday 

ROSEDALE REC CENTER
1701 Gales Street NE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

SHAW (WATHA T. DANIEL) LIBRARY
1630 7th Street NW, 20001

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

SOUTHWEST LIBRARY
900 Wesley Place SW

Pick up: Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

Ward 7

BENNING (DOROTHY I. HEIGHT) LIBRARY
3935 Benning Road NE, 20032

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

CAPITOL VIEW LIBRARY
5001 Central Avenue SE, 20019-6470

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

FRANCIS A. GREGORY LIBRARY
3660 Alabama Avenue SE, 20020

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

Ward 8

ANACOSTIA LIBRARY
1800 Good Hope Road SE, 20020

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

BARRY FARM REC CENTER
1230 Sumner Road SE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

BELLEVUE (WILLIAM O. LOCKRIDGE) LIBRARY
115 Atlantic Street SW, 20032

Pick up: 10am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 12pm - 6pm Thursday

FORT STANTON REC CENTER
1812 Erie Street SE

Pick up: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm.  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.  Sunday: Closed

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How to use your COVID-19 Home Testing Kit

  • Take your COVID-19 Home Testing Kit home and prepare to test yourself
  • Log onto testyourself.dc.gov
  • Enter the BLUE numbers printed on your sample tube when prompted on the website
  • Enter the RED numbers printed on your sample tube when prompted on the website
  • Provide your name, demographic information, and insurance information, if applicable*
  • Conduct a Nasal Self Swab (find the instructions on the reverse side of the kit)
  • Package the kit as shown on the reverse side of the kit
  • Drop off your test kit by 8 pm on the same day you take to your test to closest drop box
  • You will receive your results by email (and text, if you opt in)

*Insurance information is not required. By providing insurance information, the District of Columbia will seek reimbursement for the cost of testing from your insurance company. You will not be responsible for any charges, to include co-pays, regardless of whether you provide insurance information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Test Yourself DC?

A. Test Yourself DC is an “At Home COVID-19 Testing Kit.” The kit is a PCR test.

Q. What is the cost of the Test Yourself DC test kit?

A. Home test kits are available for FREE with no out of pocket costs.

Q. Where can I get a Test Yourself DC “At Home COVID-19 Testing Kit”?

A. Test Yourself DC kits are available at one of 16 locations throughout the District

Q. Can I take the COVID-19 test onsite?

A. Individuals can self-administer the test onsite, using a nasal swab, or take the test at home and drop off their test sample later at the closest DC Library drop box. Individuals can find a location at testyourself.dc.gov

Q. Where can I drop off my test sample?

A. Drop off test samples at the closest DC Library drop box. Find a location.

Q. How do I return my test sample?

A. Return the envelope with the sample by 8 pm on the SAME DAY of collection and registration.

How to Return Sample:

1. Ensure sample is sealed tight.

2. Place sample in biohazard bag.

3. Fold or roll biohazard bag around sample.

4. Insert into envelope.

5. Seal envelope. Return envelope to closest drop box, find a location.

Q. Where can I find test kit instructions in other languages?

A. Test kit instructions are available in other languages here.

Q. What happens if I don’t drop off my sample by 8 pm on the SAME DAY of collection and registration?

A. You must register and take your test on the SAME DAY and drop it off on the SAME DAY before 8pm. If you do not, you will be notified that your sample cannot be processed and the test must be redone.

Q. How long will it take to get my test results?

A. Test samples submitted via the Test Yourself DC kit will be sent to one of the District’s laboratory partners. The turnaround time for the testing is 3-5 days.

Q. Where can I get my test results?

A. You will receive your results via the email address provided or via text message (if opted-in to receive a text message).

Q. Have the tests been approved and are they safe?

A. Yes, home testing kits are the same as tests currently utilized all across the District.

Q. Are the tests available to everyone?

A. Yes. Anyone who needs a COVID-19 test can pick up a Test Yourself DC kit at one of 16 locations in the District. Each site is limited to 100-200 test kits per day.

Q. Is there an age limitation? Can I use the test on children?

A. TestYourselfDC Collection Kit is intended for the collection of anterior nasal swabs from individuals age 18 years and older (self-collected), 14 years and older (self-collected under adult supervision), 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 coronavirus.dc.gov/testing for additional information about COVID-19 testing in the District.