Home Paternity Testing
Get paternity answers at home for personal knowledge and peace of mind.
Is a home DNA test kit right for me?
A home paternity test compares the DNA of the alleged father with the DNA of the child. If you don’t anticipate needing results for court or for other legal reasons, then this home paternity test kit is the perfect choice. It contains all the materials needed for paternity testing, plus a trackable postage-paid mailer. Once your kit arrives, you swab all test participants in the comfort of home—no visit to a clinic required. Then seal the sample envelopes and send them off to our lab. It’s that simple!
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Home Paternity Test Results
The report is posted to your secure online account 1-2 business days after all samples have been received at the lab.
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Once all samples arrive at the lab.
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We are your at-home paternity test experts.
DDC performs thousands of at-home paternity tests each year, and you can be sure your results are accurate for the samples we are provided to test. Testing is fast, secure, and reliable.
Home Paternity Testing: How It Works
COLLECT DNA: It’s easy to collect a DNA sample with a simple cheek swab. Use the prepaid envelope included in your kit to submit your DNA or send it via first-class USPS or courier service.
YOUR TEST IS PROCESSED: Our laboratory technicians carefully handle and prepare your DNA samples for processing. Every paternity test with cheek-swab samples is run two separate times by independent teams. The results are then reviewed by our in-house team of PhDs and your report is prepared.
RECEIVE RESULTS ONLINE: Once testing is complete, we email the decision-maker in the case—just log in to our secure website to view results.
Results are completely confidential, and your private genetic information is never shared with or sold to outside parties.
Receive trusted, accurate results—fast.
Learn More about Paternity Testing
Q: Can I use results from a home paternity test for legal reasons?
A: Results from a home paternity test cannot be used as proof of paternity for legal reasons such as child support, custody, Social Security, etc. This is because DNA is collected by test participants, chain-of-custody protocol is not followed, and identities of tested parties haven’t been independently verified. Be assured your results from a home paternity test will still be accurate for the samples provided to us: they are just for peace of mind and personal knowledge only. If you need results for court or think you may in the future, call us directly at 800-681-7162.
Q: Are results for a home paternity test just as accurate as for a legal one?
A: Yes; results for a home paternity test are just as accurate as they are for a legal test. In fact, once samples arrive at the lab, the process for testing is exactly the same for a home test as it is for a legal one. You can be certain your results for a home paternity test are accurate for the samples we are provided.
Q: What if the cheek swabs seem too wet to put in the paper sample envelopes?
A: Cheek-swab samples are not the same as saliva samples, so we recommend that customers swab for a full 30 seconds per swab while taking care to avoid the saliva-rich gum areas. If samples seem “too wet” once swabbing is complete, just wave the swab in the air for 1-2 minutes before placing it in the paper sample envelope.
Q: Do names appear on the home paternity test report?
A: DDC does not put names on the home paternity test report, since identities of the test participants have not been independently confirmed. Names of participants are requested on sample envelopes for internal-tracking and communication purposes only. If you want a report with names, you may want to choose a legal paternity test instead. Sorry—we cannot add names to a home paternity test upon request.
Q: Do you accept unusual samples for home paternity testing?
A: Cheek-swab samples are the industry standard for this type of test. Cheek swabs make DNA extraction by our lab’s robots easy, which is one way to keep costs lower for our customers. If you want to submit an “unusual” sample such as toothbrush, ear wax on swabs, or fingernail clippings, you must call us directly at 800-681-7162 to discuss your request with one of our experts. Keep in mind there is a non-refundable fee of $150 required to test a sample’s viability prior to testing.