Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a doctor or lawyer referral for a DNA test?
No, in most states individuals can order paternity testing without a referral. Except for New York State; a Physician or Attorney referral is required by law.
What if the Tested Parties Live in Different Cities? Must they go in Together For Specimen Collection?
We maintain an extensive network of local clinics and mobile sample collectors nationwide; this allow us to coordinate specimen collection in different cities. Parties being tested can arrange for separate appointment times and locations.
How Are Testing Specimens Collected?
The most frequent option is the cheek (buccal) swabs, which is a painless and non-invasive method. Legal (chain of custody) test specimens are collected in our patient care center by a trained medical technician. Private (non-chain of custody) test specimens are collected by the tested parties in the privacy of their home. Please choose the type of testing carefully based on your specific need to avoid having to order a retest in the future.
How Long Does It Take To Receive Results?
Standard paternity testing is routinely completed in 3 working days following receipt of the samples in the laboratory. Other types of testing may require additional time for completion. Rush testing is available at an additional cost.
How Will I Receive My Test Results?
Reports are mailed to the tested parties or their legal guardian(s) or attorney on record. Emailed results are available at NO extra cost.
What About Confidentiality?
We do not release test results to unauthorized individuals. Test results will only be released to the tested parties or their legal guardian(s) or attorney on record.
What is DNA Testing?
Testing is based on a highly accurate analysis of genetic profiles of the mother, child and alleged father. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (“DNA”), the unique genetic blueprint within each nucleated cell in the body, determines a person’s genetic pattern and individual characteristics. A child inherits one-half of his or her genetic pattern from the mother and one-half from the father. If the mother’s or child’s patterns are known, the father’s can be determined with virtual certainty.
Who Can Use DNA Testing?
- A man or woman needing biological proof of a child.
- An Individual wanting closure or peace of mind regarding his or her paternity.
- A woman seeking child support from a man who denies he fathered her child.
- A parent going through a divorce.
- A person seeking to establish Social Security benefits or inheritance rights.
- Native American Tribal rights.
- A person seeking to immigrate into the U.S. on the grounds that he/she is a blood relative of a sponsoring permanent resident or citizen.
- Someone wanting to identify biological grandparents or siblings.
- Those who have received inconclusive results from other methods or who simply want a “second opinion”.
How Accurate is DNA Testing?
DNA testing is the most conclusive and widely accepted method for testing biological relationships. Our lab uses PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) method which is the most advanced technology; therefore, we can provide the most accurate, definitive results in the industry. We guarantee results for legal testing with a probability of 99.99% or greater for inclusion and 100% certainty for exclusion.
When May Testing be Performed?
There are no age restrictions; because DNA makeup is determined at conception. Testing is possible even before birth, and newborns may be tested safely at delivery using umbilical cord blood or cheek (buccal) swab. Samples may be collected even post mortem. Our lab’s combined technologies are so powerful that the genetic patterns of a deceased father may be reconstructed from his parents, siblings or other proven biological children.