COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing

****Update for 9-8-2020: Starting Saturday, September 12th- all Saturday appointments will be held at the Dakota County Northern Service Center. Address: 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul, MN 55118. Sunday and Wednesday will remain at DCFC.****

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays *by appointment*.

If you don’t have a vehicle, a walk up space will be available (appointments still required.)

Testing information

  • Free and open to everyone (no age or location requirements)
  • No symptoms, insurance or ID required
  • Testing is administered by professional medical staff
  • Nose swab viral test (antibody blood tests are not available)

Hours and location

Drive-thru testing is free at:

Dakota Child and Family Clinic, 2530 Horizon Drive, Burnsville

The clinic is open three days a week:

  • Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m.
  • Sundays, noon –4 p.m.

Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul

  • Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Make An Appointment

To make an appointment, call 612-223-8838. 

When you call, we will help you find a day and time that works best for you. We will ask for your name and phone number to confirm your appointment.

Why you should get tested

Testing is one of the best ways to control the spread of COVID-19.  Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who has been around someone with symptoms should be tested.

How the test will look and feel

Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. On your testing day, you’ll be guided through the drive-thru. You will not have to leave your car to get tested. If you don’t have a vehicle – or would like to walk through – we will have a station set up for you. Enter the drive-thru by turning onto Horizon Drive from Cliff Road, by El Loro restaurant.

When you arrive, you’ll be asked to confirm your appointment by providing your name. If you have an insurance card, you’ll be asked for it. Insurance is not required for a test.

All tests will be done by a professional medical team. The test involves a short nose swab (looks like a Q-tip). The swab will be put in your nose and left there for 10 seconds. The swab will feel awkward and might make you sneeze, but it is not painful. After you’re swabbed, you are done.

After the test

If you feel sick, please stay home and away from others. If you don’t feel sick, please still wear a mask in public and keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people.

You should receive your test results 4–7 days after your test day. It’s possible that the wait time may be longer depending on the number of tests that are conducted daily around the state.

If your test shows that you do not have COVID-19, you will receive an email, text or phone call as soon as results are available. If your test shows that you have COVID-19, a team member will call you to discuss what next steps you should take to keep yourself and loved ones safe.

If you need documentation of your results, send an email with your name and date of birth to and we will respond with a PDF of your lab results. Please do not request a copy until after your results have come in.


If you have any questions about getting tested, please call us at 612-223-8838.