For most paternity tests, the samples are collected using sterile buccal swabs. These sterile cotton tip swabs are rubbed on the inside of the cheek collecting the epithelial cells. Buccal swab collections are completely painless and can be used on children, babies, and adults. Due to the fact that the DNA found in our cheek cells is the same DNA found in all of our cells in our body, the results from this test would be exactly the same as if performing the test using a blood sample or other “special” samples.
Legal paternity tests must be collected at 1 of our many collection labs. This allows the collection to be taken by a professional neutral 3rd party. They will also take a thumbprint and a photo at the time of collection, providing proof of who was collected.