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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 your result to the NHS. You can report positive results online or call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). You can only report negative and void results online (unless you need to report a negative test to 119 because you’re going into hospital).

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:

  • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 9am to 1pm
  • Sunday and bank holidays closed

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: 24 October 2022
Next review due: 24 April 2023