dna testing frequently asked questions


How much does a DNA Testing cost?

The cost of our DNA testing services starts at $199.99 and up.

If you would like to order a DNA Paternity Test kit or need in-office DNA sample collections. Please contact our office today at 866-205-8356 to order your DNA test kit or to ask questions about the process. To see our Home DNA Testing products.

How long will it take to receive my DNA test results?

The turnaround time for your DNA testing results to be completed will be 2 to 3 working days.

Upon the completion of your results. A copy of your results will be emailed to you and a physical result.

Are Home Paternity Tests accurate?

Yes. Home paternity testing can be accurate but it is predicated on few factors.

  1. What type of samples is being used will determine if the lab will be able to provide a result. An example of this would be using a toothbrush sample without enough genetic material.
  2. How many markers will be used for genetic testing analysis.
  3. If all parties involved are collecting their samples at the sample. Depending on your situation and the level of trust a person may be able to utilize another person’s sample if at a different location. So we recommend that all parties involved who are at different locations have some trust that the other party will collect their own DNA sample in good faith. Deception could affect the accuracy of a result.

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Can you do a paternity test without the father knowing?

It is possible to perform DNA test without the father, mother or even a child knowing. This is called a non-legal or peace of mind DNA test. Where using an unusual sample such as a toothbrush, hair follicle samples or blood sample on tissue.

It should be noted that all non-legal tests cannot be used in a court of law. If are in need of peace of mind paternity test. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today at 866-205-0583 or order a Home Paternity Kit here.

Can an At-Home Paternity Test result in court?

No. Home DNA tests cannot be used as evidence in court. Only DNA test results were a chain of custody is established by an unbiased third-party DNA sample collector. The collector will collect your genetic samples, make sure the chain of custody form is completed, and take pictures of your ID and headshot photos of each person involved with your legal DNA test.

Remember, At-Home DNA Testing is for personal use only and does not meet the requirements for any legal purposes like family court or immigration. Visit our page to learn more about this topic here.

If I buy a home paternity test. Can I use my results for child support?

Unfortunately, if you purchase a home paternity test kit you will not be able to utilize the results for child support. Remember, home DNA Tests are for peace on mind purposes only.

Only DNA tests that have an unbiased chain of custody established and are performed by our partner AABB accredited DNA Testing lab will be considered as evidence a judge or magistrate will accept when establishing the paternity of a child.

Can Home Paternity Test results be used to add a father’s name on a birth certificate?

No. A home paternity test is for peace of mind purposes only and does not meet the criteria for evidence submission to the Office of Vital Statistics or Vital Records. It is important that you remember when changing or adding a name to a child’s birth certificate in matters of paternity establishment. In most instances you will have to go before a judge and receive a court order before the Office of Vital Statistics will make a name change.

We always recommend that you contact the Office of Vital Statistics/Vital Records in your city/state to inquire about their procedure for birth certificate name changes.

Do you have to pay for a paternity test if you are on Social Security?

Social Security is best known for retirement benefits, survivor benefits, and disability income. DNA Testing is not covered by Social Security. Therefore you will be required to pay for your DNA test out of pocket.It should be noted, Home Paternity tests or related Home DNA test kit results are not accepted by Social Security.

In order to submit DNA test results to Social Security, your test must be a legal DNA Test. Although, Paternity Express’s focus is Home DNA testing kit services. We can assist you if you require legal DNA testing services. To learn more about legal paternity testing please, contact our office today at 866-205-8356 today.

Can my medical insurance cover my DNA paternity test?

No. Unfortunately, insurance companies like Medicaid do not cover paternity testing.

As we understand it DNA relationship testing services are not covered because this type of genetic tests are not considered a health condition.