Find testing near you

State-sponsored testing is searchable at the link below. Testing sites from other providers may be available at your county’s COVID-19 website.

Find a testing location

Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian that needs it. Appointments are required.

On this page you will find:

Types of tests

Two types of COVID-19 tests are available: Diagnostic tests and antibody tests.

A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests: viral PCR tests that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Testing sites listed on this page use viral PCR tests.

Antigen tests usually provide results faster than viral PCR tests at lower cost, but have a higher chance of missing an active infection.  Antigen tests are used on people suspected of having COVID-19 within 5-12 days of symptoms appearing.

Antibody tests detect past infections. They can determine if you are a good candidate to donate blood plasma. It can take 1-3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies.

You can find locations for both viral PCR and antibody tests on the COVID-19 Testing Sites in California map.

Cost for testing

There are no out-of-pocket costs for medically-necessary testing. If you have medical insurance, Verily or OptumServe will bill your insurance company. If you’re uninsured, the government pays for your test.

Who can get tested

California’s testing capacity and turnaround time have improved. As a result, until further notice, all necessary testing requests will have equal priority.

When demand for tests exceeds capacity, testing will be prioritized in accordance with CDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidance.

Testing for COVID-19 during the rollout of vaccines

It will take many months before enough people are fully vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, at this time, CDPH does not recommend changes to testing requirements, even for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. As the science and evidence evolves, CDPH will issue updated guidance to reflect new information and data. 

  • If your job requires it, you still need to get tested regularly, even if you’ve had the vaccine

The COVID-19 Testing Task Force is working to ensure that Californians have access to tests, and laboratories have capacity to meet demand. 

How to get tested

California has partnered with Verily and OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. Tests are available for everyone, including underserved communities and individuals who are at high risk. 

Testing with Verily

Verily provides drive-through testing. To find a Verily testing site near you and make an appointment:

Complete the screener

You will need a Google account.

Testing with OptumServe

Tests are by appointment only. Find a location near you and make an appointment at:

Register to be tested for COVID-19

If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123.

OptumServe community testing sites serve all individuals who qualify for a test. This includes uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. You do not need a driver’s license to get this test.

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