SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health encourages all New Mexicans to order free at-home COVID-19 tests.

Courtesy of the New Mexico Department of Health

Knowing if you have COVID-19 can help you seek proper treatment and prevent you from spreading the virus to your family and community. Tests require a quick swab inside each nostril, and results can be read in just minutes.
NMDOH recently updated its website to make it easier to find testing options by going to Simply enter your ZIP code to identify the different test options available to you:
* Mail order free at-home COVID-19 tests for when you need them.
* four free tests for every New Mexico household, shipped in seven to 12 days.
* five free tests for New Mexico households in ZIP codes that may have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, shipped in two to five days.
* Pick up a free at-home COVID-19 test in your community for when you need it.
Approximately 2 million free at-home COVID-19 tests are being distributed in New Mexico communities while supplies last. Visit to find a location near you.
PCR laboratory testing locations for people experiencing symptoms: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and need a test now, you can also find a PCR laboratory test location near you at
People without internet access or who need help finding a test can call the NMDOH hotline at 1-855-600-3455 to get assistance. You should get tested if:
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19: cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea and/or loss of taste or smell.
  • You have been a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (within 6 feet or less for more than 15 minutes).
  • You are required to present a COVID-19 test to your employer, educational institution or another entity.
Learn more about rapid at-home COVID-19 testing and what to do with test results at:
Testing is one of several ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 along with primary vaccination, getting your booster dose, wearing a mask indoors and social distancing.