DNA/Paternity Testing FAQ's

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  • What types of testing do you offer?Open or Close
    Non-Legal Parentage Testing:
    When testing is for peace of mind and results will not be used in court.
    Fully Accredited Parentage Testing:
    When results are needed for legal purposes.
    Grand Paternity Testing:
    Called for when the father is unavailable.
    Twin Zygosity Testing:
    Available to determine whether twins are identical or fraternal.
  • How are samples collected?Open or Close
    All samples are taken with cheek (buccal) swabs. Since people have the same DNA in every cell of their body, all sample types give the same results.
  • Do I need a doctor’s or lawyer’s order?Open or Close
    No, most of our clients order paternity testing directly from the site except for the state of New York. Keep in mind that for the fully accredited version of the test, a legal guardian must sign for any minor children. If you want us to communicate with any involved relatives, doctors, or attorneys, you must authorize us to do so.
  • Is there an age requirement?Open or Close
    No. There is no minimum age requirement for the child’s portion of the test. Samples are taken with a non-invasive cheek (buccal) swab.
  • What will I need to bring?Open or Close
    Adults must bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, a social security card, a picture of the child, and payment for the test.
  • Is the mother always tested?Open or Close
    No, but if she is, the paternity test may take less time and provide for a higher level of certainty. When the mother participates we are able to subtract her contribution to the child’s DNA pattern before comparison to the potential father’s pattern.
  • How long does testing take?Open or Close
    Paternity testing reports are typically provided 2 to 3 business days following receipt of the samples. Rush testing in one to three days is available at additional cost.
  • How will I receive my results?Open or Close
    First, a phone call from your DNA Counselor will be made to share the results with you over the phone. Then, reports are mailed to all tested adults and their designated representatives. Reports can be sent by fax or e-mail if requested. The report is a confidential, notarized legal document that has a scientific description of the genetic patterns.
  • What about confidentiality?Open or Close
    Information of any kind regarding a case will not be released to anyone other than the tested parties and their named representatives without written order.