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How Much Does a Paternity Test Cost?

Jun 4, 2018 | DNA test, Paternity, Paternity Test

How much does a paternity test cost?

Cost for a Quality Paternity Test

As one of the world’s most highly accredited and trusted DNA-testing laboratories, people ask us this question every day. With the explosion of DNA-testing providers in recent years, it’s easy for people who need a paternity test to get confused about which one they should choose. For many, price is the determining factor. But beware! Choosing the lowest-cost option doesn’t always mean you’ll get the highest quality, which is essential for such an important test. There are companies on the internet  that offer  “cheap” DNA paternity tests, but if the price seems ridiculously low, that should set off warning bells. Since getting accurate and reliable results for a reasonable cost is the goal for most people, here is a breakdown of price ranges for what you can expect to pay for a quality paternity test.

How Much Does a Paternity Test Cost?

home DNA paternity test (for personal knowledge and peace of mind only) costs $130 to $200. A legal DNA paternity test (with court-admissible results) for child support, child visitation, and immigration, typically costs $300 to $500, and includes professional DNA collection. A non-invasive prenatal paternity test (testing before the baby is born) is $1,500 to $2,000.

Prices can vary, as does the quality of the testing;  additional features can be added, such as expedited testing.

What about Low-Cost Tests?

Home DNA testing is not regulated like legal testing. Many online companies appear legitimate, but farm out their tests to unregulated labs or ship your DNA samples out of the U.S. for cheaper processing. Be careful because cheap testing often means cheap testing methods—don’t take a chance on your life-changing paternity test.

Why Choose DDC for your DNA Paternity Test?

  • We offer high-quality paternity tests at reasonable prices
  • We are the lab—all testing is done on-site, so you can be sure your analysis is being performed at an accredited facility
  • In our laboratory, two independent teams of DNA analysts run every legal DNA test twice, using state-of-the-art equipment, and the end results are verified by a trained scientist with a PhD degree. We do this above and beyond the AABB requirement, to assure our clients receive the most accurate results possible
  • Results are delivered within 1-2 business days (or even same-day) for a home paternity test or legal paternity test, and as quickly as 3 days for a non-invasive prenatal paternity test
  • Our highly-trained  and caring customer-service specialists are available to help when you have questions

Your best option is to call our toll free number, for two reasons:

  1. To make sure you get the test that’s right for you, and
  2. To see if you qualify for monthly discounts

Call us at 800-929-0847: We’re here to help.

Do you have a question about this topic? Leave a comment and we’ll answer! 

10 Comments

  1. Dawn

    My boyfriend had a swab test done on a child that was supposed to be his and the results came back 88% that he is the father and this was 20 years ago we don’t believe that she is his have you ever heard of a result like this before and this was court ordered?

    Reply
    • DDC

      Hi, Dawn. 20 years go, it was not unusual to get a result like this with a relatively low percentage of possibility compared to the much-more solid results of 99.9% issued today. This doesn’t mean he’s not the biological father, however. If both participants are still living and willing, it may put your heart at rest to test again.

      Reply
  2. Henry

    I’m living in Guyana (South America) can i have a paternity test done whereby i sendnin the samples by dhl ?

    Reply
    • DDC

      Hi, Henry. Contact us via email at contact@dnacenter.com and we’ll be happy to help you.

      Reply
  3. Jeanne

    The paternity kit states for father/child/mother. Can a second child be tested instead of mother and if so, what is the cost? Would I need to purchase two kits? I don’t know how to do this. I’ve tried to call to speak with a rep but call will not go through. Your assistance please.

    Reply
    • DDC

      Hi, Jeanne. Yes, you can test two children instead of the mother with one kit. However, you’ll need to pay two separate lab fees. If you need an at-home kit and just want results for peace of mind (no legal reason), then you can purchase the kit directly from our site without having to call: https://dnacenter.com/products/paternity/home-paternity-testing/

      Reply
  4. Michael

    I have a 17 year old son that I’m paying child support for. Never seen him but on facebook. His stepfather doesn’t want him to talk with me. I’ve heard his not mine. Where should I start to find out the truth.

    Reply
    • DDC

      Hi, Michael. I have too many questions to feel comfortable giving you an answer. You should start by asking a family-law attorney in your area. A lawyer would be able to get into the particulars about your case and legal authority to act on behalf of a minor child. Every state has different rules.

      Reply
  5. Tee

    If you just want to determine paternity, can you just test the father and child? Is it necessary to include the mother?

    Reply
    • DDC

      Hi, Tee. In most cases, the mother’s DNA is not required to obtain conclusive results. There are times, however, when her DNA can help to strengthen results, which is why we recommend she test too.

      Reply

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