How Long Does It Take to Get DNA Paternity Test Results?
For a standard paternity test (testing one possible father with one child) a highly-accredited lab should return DNA paternity test results in one (1) to two (2) business days once all samples are received. DNA Diagnostics Center® (DDC) processes paternity tests at its own state-of-the-art laboratory just outside Cincinnati, Ohio, so we can provide customers with the fastest-available turnaround times—24 to 48 hours—at affordable prices. However, other companies may contract with labs outside the U.S.A, and results can take 3 to 12 weeks or even longer.
DNA Diagnostics Center understands that waiting for results for this potentially life-changing test is stressful, so we provide extremely fast service without sacrificing accuracy. All of our standard DNA paternity tests, including our home paternity tests and legal paternity tests, include 48-hour turnaround times. Our customers also have the option to select 24-hour processing, and even same-day results, for an additional fee. Once complete, results are posted immediately to our secure online portal, and you’ll be notified by email right away. For non-invasive prenatal paternity tests, results can be posted in just three (3) business days for an additional fee.
Why Would it Take Longer to Get DNA Paternity Test Results?
If you decide to go through a child-support office in your state or county, you must meet specific criteria for a court-ordered DNA test. The length of this process has shortened significantly over the years, but there are still multiple steps involved; forms must be processed, a court order must be issued from a judge, DNA collection must be coordinated, and additional paperwork must be completed before results can be released. There is no “rush” option during these procedures, so there may be a lengthy wait involved.
- Longest wait for DNA paternity testing: 4-6 weeks or longer, from a county child-support office. Applicants must meet qualification criteria
- Shortest wait for DNA paternity testing: 1-2 days, ordered directly from a highly-accredited lab like DDC
Tips for Getting the Fastest DNA Paternity Test Results
Contact the DNA lab directly: If you contact an accredited DNA lab—like DDC—that offers fast turnaround times, and arrange for DNA collection of all parties right away (this applies to both home and legally-binding tests), you could see your results the day after the lab receives your samples. Imagine making the initial call or purchase on a Monday with results on a Friday! The key is to talk directly to a DNA specialist: Let them know what your needs are and your desired timeframe for receiving results. At DDC, our DNA specialists are highly trained and readily available to discuss your individual situation, and can customize your paternity-testing experience so it’s just right for you.
Expedite shipping of kit and samples: If ordering a Home Paternity Test Kit, you can choose to expedite shipment of the kit to your home for an additional fee so it is delivered to you as quickly as possible. Also, a pre-paid mailer for returning DNA samples to the lab is included in DDC kits, but you may consider shipping your swab samples back to our laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio, by USPS overnight or a courier service (FedEx, UPS).
Why Choose DDC for your Paternity Testing
Fast delivery of DNA paternity test results is important, but it’s not the only thing so consider. Accuracy should never be sacrificed for speed. DDC is the world leader in paternity and relationship testing, providing reliable results to individuals, government agencies, and healthcare professionals. DDC is also one of the most highly accredited DNA laboratories in the world, with accreditations from the AABB and CLIA, ensuring best practices and complete accuracy.