Testing Information

Please review the frequently asked questions below.
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Getting Tested

Test requests can be accepted on non-LabCorp forms. Our staff will verify the testing details with the ordering provider. Please bring the test request form your doctor provided, along with your insurance information and identification, to your local LabCorp facility. You can use our website to find locations near you and to schedule appointments here.

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Most test orders are valid for at least six months (unless your doctor has specified otherwise). If your lab testing order is more than six months old, please contact your doctor for a new form.

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Your role in the performance of a lab test is to provide a specimen that will be analyzed in a laboratory. The specimen you provide might be a small amount of a body fluid, such as blood, saliva, semen, or urine, or a sample of stool or hair. You can be assured that LabCorp staff will make the specimen collection process as safe, quick, and comfortable as possible, while safeguarding your dignity and privacy. For more information about what to expect, visit our What to Expect section.

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Prior to visiting LabCorp, you may want to ask your physician specific questions about the testing being performed. Sometimes special preparation is required to improve the accuracy of a test. For more information, visit our Test Preparation section.

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When visiting a patient service center, you should bring the following information with you:

  • The LabCorp test request form from a health care professional requesting laboratory testing
  • A current insurance identification card (Medicare, private insurance or HMO/PPO)
  • A photo ID (for example, a driver's license or employee identification badge)
  • A health spending account card, credit card, or debit card

Children must be supervised at all times while at our labs. Please plan ahead. Note: You may not bring children inside the collection area during a drug screen procedure.

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Generally, minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. LabCorp is required to obtain authorization for the collection procedure and the billing of tests as ordered by a physician. If you are not the child’s legal guardian, you may need to provide a notarized statement signed by the minor’s parent or legal guardian that authorizes you to provide this permission.

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Getting Results

Lab results are delivered to your LabCorp Patient™ portal account. Log in or register online. Please wait at least seven days after we report the lab test results to your doctor before looking for your lab test results online.

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In most cases, lab test results delivery times should not exceed two weeks. The most common reason for delay in receiving results is inaccurate or out-of-date personal information on record with your health care providers or in your LabCorp Patient™​ portal personal profile.

Please check and confirm the following:

  • Your LabCorp Patient portal personal profile information is up to date, complete, and accurate.
  • The personal information on record with all of your health care providers matches the personal information in your LabCorp Patient portal profile. Health care providers include your primary care physician, specialists, hospital professionals, and all LabCorp specimen collection labs.

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If you have been authorized to view the lab test results of other people in your account, select Dependents from the left menu, then select the person whose lab test results you would like to see. If you do not see lab test results for that person, be sure you have access rights to that person’s laboratory information. 

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Your test results will be posted to your LabCorp Patient™ portal account two to seven days after the information is reported to your doctor. Depending on the complexity of the tests, results may be sent to your doctor the day after your specimen is submitted for testing, or it could take several days to complete the tests and send the results to your doctor. You should contact your doctor's office if you have any question about the availability of test results, or you can continue to check your LabCorp Patient™ portal account, as results are posted based on a fixed schedule as indicated above.

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Understanding Results

Patients should discuss their results with the physician who ordered the test or a member of the physician's office staff. Please do not contact the lab where your specimen was collected with questions about your test results.

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To look up patient information about clinical laboratory tests, go to Patient Test Information. You can also review more detailed test information in our online Test Menu. You should also consult your physician for specific questions.

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