About our legal DNA test
A legal DNA test is used to establish biological relationships for legal matters.
We offer a wide range of legal DNA tests that are all AABB accredited and court admissible.
We follow a strict legal process throughout the sample collection, testing, and reporting stages, so that all legal requirements are met and you have strong evidence to support your case.
We will assist you throughout the process and will:
- arrange the sample collection at an approved local clinic at a time convenient to you
- collect the samples under the required chain-of-custody conditions
- ensure all necessary documents are completed
- ship the samples securely in tamper-proof packaging to our AABB-accredited lab so testing can take place
- send your confidential results by password-protected email within 3 business days
We can carry out the following legal DNA tests:
When is a Legal DNA test needed?
There are many reasons why you might need a legal DNA test.
Some of the most common reasons include:
- Child custody and/or visitation
- Child support
- Life insurance
- Military and/or social security benefits
- Rights of inheritance/inheritance disputes
- Will and estate planning
- Name change
- Birth certificate
- Tax forms
Please note that this test cannot be used for Immigration purposes.
What will the test cost?
Pricing for legal DNA testing starts from just $279.
The cost of the test includes all fees for laboratory testing, analysis and reporting. There are additional costs for the sample collection.
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How are the samples collected?
The test requires simple cheek swab samples. This it totally pain-free and can be performed on a person of any age, including new-born babies.
For a court-admissible legal DNA test, the samples must be collected by an independent and authorized professional collector under strict chain-of-custody conditions. This ensures that the DNA samples are collected from the right people, that the correct documents are completed, and that the DNA samples are safely transported to the laboratory without the possibility of tampering.
We have a large network of approved sample collection clinics across the United States, and will arrange an appointment at your local clinic at a time convenient for you.
The professional sample collector will have the sample collection kit and all the necessary paperwork, so you just have to attend your appointment.
People taking part in the test can have their DNA collected at different times and/or in different locations.
How accurate is the test?
Our legal DNA testing is 100% accurate and reliable.
When will I receive my results?
Once the samples are received at the lab, your AABB-accredited and court-admissible results report will be completed within 3 business days.
They will be sent to you by password-protected email for complete security and confidentiality.
What is the difference between a home DNA test and a legal DNA test?
The main difference between a legal DNA test and a home / peace of mind DNA test is how the results report can be used. Results from a legal DNA test are court admissible while results from a home DNA test are not.
Courts accept results for a legal DNA test because a strict chain-of-custody process is followed, and samples are collected by an independent and trained professional.
This ensures that the DNA samples are collected from the right people, that the correct documents are completed, and that the DNA samples are safely transported to the laboratory without the possibility of tampering.
A home / peace of mind DNA test uses samples collected by yourself in the privacy of your own home. The DNA samples will still be analyzed by the laboratory in exactly the same way as legal testing, but the results cannot be used for legal purposes.