Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian. Get vaccinated to reduce the need for testing.

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How to get tested

Find testing near you

See a map of testing sites near you at the link below.

Find a testing location

More testing sites may be available at your area’s COVID-19 website.

Use an at-home test

Many drug stores now carry at-home kits. These let you test yourself and get results within minutes. They are available over the counter, without a prescription. Check with your local pharmacy or retail store.

Read more about at-home tests at the CDC’s Self-Testing page.

Get tested with OptumServe

California has partnered with OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. Tests are available for everyone, including:

  • Underserved communities
  • Individuals who are at high risk

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

Register for testing

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.

Cost for testing

There are no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing at a testing site. An insured person can get a COVID-19 test when needed by any provider, in or out of their health plan network, at no cost. If you’re uninsured, the government pays for your test.

Testing guidance

As vaccinations rise across California, CDPH is adapting testing guidance to focus on:

  • High-risk populations, and 
  • Those who are not vaccinated.

Testing provides insights into community prevalence and transmission. It lets us track the introduction of new variants into the community and the evolution of the virus.

In general,

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals do not need screening tests in non-healthcare settings
  • Asymptomatic employees in healthcare settings should still get screening tests. This is true no matter their vaccination status. There are a few exceptions:
    • Facilities may stop routine testing of asymptomatic staff who are fully vaccinated where:
      • More than 70% of residents and more than 70% staff are fully vaccinated in a long-term care facility, or
      • More than 70% of staff are fully vaccinated in an acute health care facility.
    • Facilities may continue routine testing for fully-vaccinated staff with compromised immune systems. Examples are those who have undergone organ transplantation or cancer treatment. These conditions might impact the level of protection provided by COVID-19 vaccine.
  • All individuals with symptoms or who have been exposed to COVID-19 should get tested.
  • Testing before entry, admission, competition, or travel:
    • Unvaccinated people should get tested before joining in activities that put them or others at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure. For example:
      • Attending large indoor social or mass gatherings, like:
        • Large private events
        • Live performance events
        • Sporting events
        • Theme parks
      • Competing in high risk sports
      • Attending events in crowded or poorly-ventilated settings

Read CDPH’s Updated Testing Guidance to find out who needs to get tested, when, and how often.

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