Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 testing
Anyone with a sign or symptom of COVID-19 or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should get a test. Contact your doctor to request a test.
If you do not have a doctor or they cannot provide a test, there are free testing sites at locations across King County, including Federal Way, Auburn, Renton, Tukwila, North Seattle, SODO, South Seattle, and West Seattle. We are opening an additional site on November 20th at Highline College.
Due to high demand, we encourage everyone to register online before going to one of these sites. Find the complete list of locations and hours. To register for a test, select the "Make reservation online" link below your preferred testing location.
Additionally, testing in Renton is currently only available via registration in advance. Nearby testing is available in Tukwila, Auburn, and Highline College.
These sites are open to anyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status. Bring a photo I.D. and an insurance card if you have one.
If you have difficulty registering, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977 (open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-7p.m.) If you need an interpreter, please tell us in English what language you need.
Testing is free at any of the King County and Seattle sites. If you have private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, please bring that information and the lab will bill them. If you do not have coverage, you will not be charged for the test. You do not need to have insurance or a provider's note to schedule a test.
If you get tested at your doctor’s office, a private clinic, or a hospital, there may be administrative costs associated with your visit. However, the test itself is free.
Due to high demand, we encourage everyone to register online before going to a testing sites. Find the complete list of locations and hours here. To register for a test, select the "Make reservation online" link below your preferred testing location.
You will receive instructions about how to retrieve your results when you take the test. Results are usually available within 48 hours, and you are encouraged to start checking at 24 hours. All of King County’s test sites use an online results portal.
You can drive through or walk up to any of King County’s testing sites.
If you’ve been exposed to someone confirmed with COVID-19 but have no symptoms, it is best to get tested 5-7 days after exposure.
A reminder to get tested immediately if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
This depends on where you plan travel. Most states do not require a test, but each state and country has its own COVID-19 guidelines, and requirements change frequently. Do research before you go.
The free testing sites in King County and Seattle cannot provide documentation or signatures certifying your results. But when you retrieve your results online, you will find a printable document that shows the results were processed by a certified lab.
Many private health clinics will provide testing with travel documentation for an additional fee.