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Welcome to DDC Paternity Testing

Our goal is to explain our 3 types of paternity tests to help you determine which might be best for your unique situation. There are sections for Legal Paternity, Home Paternity and Prenatal Paternity tests, with quick info about each, and a series of FAQs on the bottom of the page to help answer frequent questions. And you are always welcome to call us directly at 1.800.681.7162: Our caring experts are ready to help. 

Legal Paternity Testing

Legal paternity testing (also known as chain-of-custody testing) provides results that may be used as proof of relationship for child support, custody, immigration, birth certificate, Social Security, or other legal reason. Although this type of paternity test requires on-site DNA collection, our large network of paternity-testing collection sites makes the process easy

Legal Paternity Testing

Legal paternity testing (also known as chain-of-custody testing) provides results that may be used as proof of relationship for child support, custody, immigration, birth certificate, Social Security, or other legal reason. Although this type of paternity test requires on-site DNA collection, our large network of paternity-testing collection sites makes the process easy.

Home Paternity Testing

A home paternity test kit is an excellent choice if you want an answer for personal knowledge or peace of mind only. Because test participants collect and submit their own DNA, results are not court-admissible. With prices starting at $199, our affordable and easy-to-use mail-in paternity test provides peace of mind from the comfort of your home. 

Home Paternity Testing

A home paternity test kit is an excellent choice if you want an answer for personal knowledge or peace of mind only. Because test participants collect and submit their own DNA, results are not court-admissible. With prices starting at $199, our affordable and easy-to-use mail-in paternity test provides peace of mind from the comfort of your home. 

Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test

A prenatal paternity test is for couples seeking answers while the woman is still pregnant. Our test is AABB-accredited, accurate, can be performed as early as 7 weeks, and is completely safe for mother and pregnancy.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test

A prenatal paternity test is for couples seeking answers while the woman is still pregnant. Our test is AABB-accredited, accurate, can be performed as early as 7 weeks, and is completely safe for mother and pregnancy.

FAQs about Paternity Testing

Q: What is paternity testing?

A: Postnatal paternity testing is a painless method of determining if a man is the biological father of a child through the collection of cheek-swab DNA samples from the child, possible father, and the mother (her participation is optional, but recommended). 

Q: Where can I get a paternity test?

A: Regardless of your personal reasons for ordering a paternity test, it’s essential to use a trusted and accredited lab like DDC to perform the testing. You can buy a home kit online and mail it in to the lab for processing. Legal and non-invasive prenatal paternity tests must be purchased directly from an accredited DNA-testing lab. 

Q: What are the different types of paternity tests?

A: 

  • At-Home DNA Test: You collect DNA in the comfort of your own home with a simple cheek swab, and then mail it in dirctly to the lab for processing
  • Legal Paternity Test: This test uses the chain-of-custody process to independently verify tested parties at the time of DNA collection. It’s required for cases involving child support and custody, immigration, inheritance disputes, and other legal matters
  • Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test: Using free-floating DNA found in the mother’s blood, this test allows individuals to safely determine paternity any time after the seventh week of pregnancy
Q: What are the benefits of paternity tests?

A: DNA testing is the gold standard for determining the paternity of a child. The advantages of paternity testing include: 

  • Access to legal rights and privileges such as health insurance or child support (legal paternity tests only)
  • Insights into medical history, such as inherited conditions
  • The chance to develop emotional bonds and a sense of identity
  • Peace of mind
Q: How long does a paternity test take?

A: DDC prides itself on delivering quick and accurate results. Home test results and legal test results are posted two business days after samples are received at our lab, although next-day and same-day results are available for an additional fee. It takes 7 business days to receive results of a non-invasive prenatal paternity test, but 3-day results are an option (extra fee required).

Q: How does a paternity test work?

A: If you want to know how to get a paternity or aren’t certain how the process works, rest assured it’s easy and quick. DNa is collected from the participants’ cheeks using a simple, painless swab. The DNA paternity test compares the collected sample from the possible father to that of a child (minor or adult) to determine the likelihood of a biological father/child relationship between the tested individuals. 

Q: Is there a DNA center near me?

A: If you’re wondering where to get a paternity test, it’s likely DDC has this covered. We have more than 5,000 DNA-collection sites worldwide, including AABB-accredited DDC collection sites in 10 major metro areas in the United States. Simply call one of our specialists today and they’ll identify the closest and most convenient paternity-testing location near you. 

Reach Us

If you’re uncertain which paternity test is right for you or have questions, our highly-experienced and dedicated experts are here to assist you. If you prefer to be contacted by email, use the secure form on this page and one of our team will respond as soon as possible. 

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