If you’re wondering how long it takes to get the results back from a DNA paternity test, the answer can vary, depending on which lab you choose. While some DNA labs can provide results in 1-2 days, others can take 3-12 weeks or longer! Most people are looking for paternity results sooner rather than later; DDC’s standard is 2 working days with online results for the fastest answers. Whatever your reason may be, there are many options for DNA paternity tests: legal, curiosity, prenatal, post-natal–choose wisely to fit your needs, and your budget.

how long to get paternity test results

Why would it take longer to find test results?

If you decide to go through a child support office in your county, you must meet specific criteria for a court ordered DNA test. The time the process takes has come down significantly over the years, but there are still forms to be processed, a court order to be sent down from a judge, coordinating the DNA collection, and more paperwork before results can be released. There is no “RUSH” option during these adoption procedures, so there may be a lengthy wait ahead. Once everything has gone through, the results will become public record, and court admissible.

  • Longest wait: 4-6 weeks and longer, from county Child Support office—if you qualify.
  • Shortest wait: 1-2 days, from private lab—but call first!

How can you get faster paternity test results?

If you contact a DNA lab directly, and hustle in for the DNA collection of all parties, some labs offer a priority turnaround times on results. You could be seeing your results the day after the lab has all the samples and paperwork. Imagine doing the initial call on a Monday with the results on a Friday! The key is to call and talk directly to a testing coordinator and get very specific about what you want, when you want it, and how much it will cost.

Some paternity testing sites offer fast testing, but it may take them a week to mail you the kit, with a week to return it. Make sure when you are shopping around, that fast testing is only part of the picture. Other labs offer a low introductory price, but then layer in “Shipping & Handling” and other fees, making it not so savvy after all. Make sure you call and ask about all the features, otherwise, you’ll likely be disappointed.

Don’t forget about accuracy! If you get the results fast but aren’t 100% confident in the results, you’ve wasted your money. Before buying, make sure to do your homework on the lab and make sure it is the right choice for such an important test. When you are browsing, look for AABB Accreditation, BBB ratings, and other independent ratings that ensure good practices and accuracy.

To talk to a DDC representative, click here for a list of services and phone numbers.