City of Madera:

February 3, 2022

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available to order via USPS

The U.S. Postal Service is now taking orders for the government’s free at-home coronavirus test kits.


Every home in the United States is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. These tests give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required).

COVID-19 self-tests (also referred to as home tests or over-the-counter tests) are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.

Self-tests can be taken at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results. You can use self-tests, regardless of vaccination status, or whether or not you have symptoms.

The free test kits are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service at There is a limit of 1 order per residential address. Additional tests cannot be ordered regardless of the size of the household.