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Register an NHS test kit for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you do an NHS PCR (a test that is sent to a lab) test for COVID-19 at home, you might be asked to register it so you can get the test result.

This is how the NHS matches your contact details to the test kit you used.


Registering a test kit is different to reporting a test result.

If you did an NHS rapid lateral flow test, you should report you result to the NHS, even if it's negative or void.

Report an NHS rapid lateral flow test result for COVID-19

How to register a PCR test from the NHS

If you have a PCR home test kit, check if you need to register the kit before you send it to the lab.


Test kits that are already registered will have a ‘Registered Kit’ label on the outer bag. If you have an order confirmation email, this will also tell you if the test kit is already registered. Only use the test kit registered to you or you will not be sent a result.

Register a COVID-19 PCR home test kit (GOV.UK)

Get help to register a PCR test from the NHS

If you need help to register a PCR test from the NHS, call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. 119 provides support in 200 languages.

SignVideo is a free online British Sign Language interpreter service for 119.

You can use the free Be My Eyes app to get help from trained NHS Test and Trace staff. Download the app, go to Specialized Help and select NHS Test & Trace in the Personal Health category.

Page last reviewed: 12 May 2022
Next review due: 26 May 2022