How much does a DNA test cost?


As a top DNA testing lab, customers ask, “How much does a DNA test cost?” At-home testing has exploded in the last few years and there are so many options to choose from that there really isn’t a single answer to that all-important question. The two most popular DNA tests are paternity and ancestry, so we’ll start with those and then move on to others.

How Much Does a DNA Test Cost?

For a paternity test performed at an accredited laboratory, the cost is $130 to $200 if you collect DNA at home. If you need results for court, the cost is $300 to $500. The cost of a DNA test for ancestry runs from $49 to $200 or more, depending on types of info included.

Cost for Relationship DNA Tests

Maternity DNA Test: This type of analysis determines whether the woman tested is the biological mother of the child tested. It is often used in cases of immigration and adoption.

Cost of this test is approximately: $200-$450

Grandparent DNA Test: When an alleged father is not available to test, DNA for one or both paternal grandparents + the mother + the child is analyzed to determine a biological link.

Cost of this test is approximately: $300-$500

 Sibling DNA Test: Full-sibling and half-sibling tests can help establish a biological brother/sister relationship. It’s especially useful for immigration and inheritance purposes.

Cost of this test is approximately: $300-$500

Aunt-Uncle DNA Test: This type of analysis compares the DNA of a sibling of the father in question with the DNA of a child to determine if they have a biological relationship.

Cost of this test is approximately: $300-$500

Family Reconstruction DNA Test: This analysis tests DNA from a variety of close family members to determine biological relationships, most often to identify the father of a child.

Cost of this test is approximately: $450-$650

Twin Zygosity DNA Test: This analysis confirms whether twins are identical or fraternal. 70% of twins with two amniotic sacs during pregnancy are fraternal, but 30% are actually identical.

Cost of this test is approximately: $250


Wrapping It Up

So how much does a DNA test cost? You really can’t put a price on the peace of mind that comes from confirming close biological relationships. Nevertheless, accredited labs like DDC understand that doing any type of DNA test is both a financial and emotional investment, so we work hard to ensure results are fast and accurate.

Don’t hesitate to call us at 800-929-0847: We’re here to help.

Do you have questions or comments about how much a DNA test costs? Share in the comments and we’ll answer.


  1. Hi. I am overseas, and I would like to have a DNA test for me and my child (I am the mother) for citizenship purposes. Can I deliver the samples from where I am? How much is the cost for the test?

    • Hi, Glendys. You cannot collect your own DNA and submit it for immigration purposes: it has to be a supervised test, but we can make those arrangements for you. Costs vary, depending on a variety of factors I have passed along your contact information to our experts, and they will reach out to you directly via email. Thanks!

    • Hi, Cindy. As mentioned in this article, a half-sibling test is approximately $300-500, depending on what you need the results for. If you have additional questions about what the test involves or if you want to order the test, you’re welcome to contact us directly at 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern).

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