Paternity DNA Testing provided by Test Me DNA.

Paternity Testing

DNA Paternity Testing is used to determine if a specific man is the biological father to a specific child. A paternity test will analyze the possible father and child’s DNA profiles. Then the 2 DNA profiles are compared to establish if there is a biological relationship.

With Test Me DNA our paternity tests generally include a 21 genetic marker test. Each genetic marker will have 2 numbers which are referred to as alleles. A child will receive 1 allele from their mother and 1 allele from their biological father. A biological father should match the child with at least 1 allele in each genetic marker.

How DNA Paternity Testing Works

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After deciding on a test, we will either send out a Home Paternity DNA Test Kit or schedule an appointment for Paternity DNA Testing at any of our 1000+ Testing Centers for DNA collection.

Collect DNA Paternity Testing Samples

Collect Samples

DNA collection is painless and easy to perform. DNA collections are performed with non-invasive buccal swabs. The swabs are brushed lightly on the inside of each individual’s cheeks for around 10 seconds.

Paternity Testing Results

Get Paternity Results

Results typically complete within 3-5 business days after the laboratory receives all testing kits. Paternity test results are then provided over the phone and email. Mailed copies can be sent upon request.

Legal Paternity Test vs Home Paternity Test

Legal Paternity DNA Testing

  • Same Day Appointments in most areas
  • Painless DNA collection
  • Fast results: 3-5 business days
  • Schedule by phone
  • Results are private and confidential
  • One low price includes testing & legal DNA results

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Call to order a Legal DNA Paternity Test. In a simple phone call, our DNA specialists will walk you through how the DNA testing works and get you scheduled.

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Common Reasons for a Legal Paternity Test:

  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Tax Forms
  • Name Change
  • Court Order
  • Social Security
  • Will/Estate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Adoption
  • Tribal Enrollment

Paternity DNA Testing Kit

  • Discreet shipping, free shipping both ways
  • Easy to use kit with detailed instructions
  • Fast results: 3-5 business days after returning the kit
  • Order online or by phone
  • Results are private and confidential
  • One low price includes kit + results

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Order the Paternity Home DNA Testing Kit today. The easy to use form will get the paternity testing process started. Receive your testing kit in only a few days.

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Need Your Testing Kit Quick?

Orders submitted by 2pm CST Monday-Friday will be shipped the same day you order. Kits typically arrive in 2-3 business days from shipping date. Some national holidays can impact shipping times.

How are Samples Collected for a Paternity Test?

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.

Family Relationship Testing

DNA Testing Without the Father

The most common type of relationship test performed, is paternity. That involves testing the child directly against the alleged father. Sometimes a standard paternity test is not an option. In such cases a special relationship DNA test can be requested.
Special relationship testing allows for the testing of other paternal relatives such as other known children, grandparents, or aunts and uncles to the child in question. This type of testing is performed when the alleged father is unwilling or not available to participate in a standard paternity test.
We also offer specialty DNA testing. Which can include post-mortem, mobile collections, or comparison testing. Many seeking DNA testing are not aware that these options are available.
Test Me DNA can provide other DNA testing options if a standard paternity does not fit your situation.

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DNA Paternity Testing FAQ

Can I do a Paternity DNA test kit at home?

Yes! Paternity tests are our most common type of home DNA testing.

Home DNA testing kits are available for all of our relationship DNA tests.

What is a DNA paternity test?

A paternity test is a scientific test that compares the DNA profiles of a potential father and a child to determine the biological relationship.

Why would I do a Legal DNA Paternity Test?

There are multiple reasons to get a legal paternity test. The most common reasons for needing legal documentation are child support, child custody, name change, birth certificate change, proving paternity to the IRS or military benefits.

What kind of DNA sample is used for a DNA Test for a father and child?

For all of our home DNA testing kits, a simple buccal swab is the only acceptable sample.

If you choose to do a DNA collection at one of our facilities, the most common sample is a buccal swab. But blood samples can be collected if requested in advance.

There are also options for Post-Mortem DNA samples to be used. These samples must be in the care of a professional office such as a coroner’s office, or a funeral home.

Who needs to be tested for a paternity test?

A possible father and a child are required for a paternity test. We also offer other relationship tests such as siblings, aunt/uncle and grandparent relationship tests.

What ID's are needed for a paternity test?

For home testing kits do not require any type of ID to be tested.

For in lab options or legal paternity testing, anyone over 18 will need to have 2 forms of ID. The first form needs to be a government issued photo ID. The 2nd form does not have to be another photo ID, but it can be. For any person testing under the age of 18, they will need 1 form of ID. It does NOT have to be a photo ID. It can be a birth certificate, social security card, shot record or insurance card. We can accommodate other options for ID, please just let us know what you have available.

How do you get a DNA test if the father is in another state?

Test Me DNA has DNA collection sites nationwide. So we can accommodate people in different states for paternity tests. We can schedule a paternity appointment for each person testing in their own state.

If your preference is the home paternity test and each person lives in a different state, we ship to both people. We will split the paternity test up and each person will get their part of the kit. Both people will also get prepaid shipping back to the lab for testing.

How much does a paternity test cost?

The price of a paternity test is dependent on a few factors. How many people are testing? Do you need the test for legal purposes or just personal knowledge?

The cost of a legal paternity including 1 possible father and 1 child is $349. Any additional person is $125.

The cost of a home paternity test including 1 possible father and 1 child is $179. Any additional person is $69.

Can a DNA paternity test reveal other information about yourself, such as genetic makeup or predisposition to medical illnesses?

Unfortunately not.  The genetic tests that are performed for paternity are only screened for the sole purpose to find genetic matches in the other individual testing against.

Call now and one of our Paternity Testing Specialists will analyze the information provided by you and then guide you through the entire Paternity DNA Testing process.

Contact Us – 1-800-535-5198