As a top DNA testing lab, customers ask, “Where can I get a paternity test?” The answer really depends on how you need to use the results once testing is complete and you have your report.
Where Can I Get a Paternity Test?
You can get a paternity test kit at your local drugstore or online if you plan on collecting DNA yourself at home and need results only for your personal information. For court-admissible results, you must contact an accredited lab directly to set up the test.
At-Home Paternity Testing
An at-home paternity test is quick, private, and can be done conveniently in the comfort of your own home. The main difference between an at-home test and a legal test is that—if you use a kit from a store—results cannot be used as evidence for any kind of legal purpose since the identities of the test participants cannot be independently verified. The options for purchasing a home kit include:
- Directly from the Lab
Caution: Beware of at-home tests purchased from bargain sites, have too-good-to-be-true pricing, and/or do not offer accredited services.
Legal Paternity Testing
A paternity test kit cannot be purchased from the store when results need to be used for legal purposes. This is because a strict “chain of custody” process must be followed from start to finish:
- Testing materials must be sent to a testing facility directly from the lab
- Participants’ IDs must be checked and photographs taken
- An approved DNA-collection witness must supervise the cheek swabbing
- The DNA-collection witness must send in samples to the lab
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Immigration (must be through an AABB-accredited lab)
- Inheritance Rights
- And More
Other Types of Relationship Testing
If you’re trying to confirm a paternal relationship when the alleged father is unavailable, you also need to call the lab directly to set up the test. You should not use an at-home kit for the following analyses:
These types of tests generally require more testing materials than those that come with at-home kits, and the lab fee for these tests is different than the fee for a straight paternity test.
Wrapping It Up
The answer to “Where can I get a paternity test?” is not as straightforward as it may seem at first. But the great news is, it’s easier than ever to get the type of paternity test you need if you know where to look.
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