Legal DNA Paternity Testing

Legal Paternity Testing can be setup easily with Test Me DNA. Get results typically within 3-5 business days at affordable prices. Legal DNA test results are accredited, admissible in court and can also be used to establish benefits.

All Legal DNA testing needs to be performed by an American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accredited laboratory. Samples for this type of DNA test, will need to be collected by a non-biased authorized 3rd party DNA collector.  A strict Chain of Custody procedure must be followed for all legal testing, Our labs follow this strict step-by-step procedure in order to ensure your Legal DNA Test is admissible in court if ever needed. Following these procedures will allow your results to be used as valid facts in a legal setting.

Test Me DNA is partnered with the nation’s leading accredited DNA testing laboratory. Our DNA testing lab always provides the most accurate results for our clients. This is because they are always upgrading to the newest and most up-to-date technology for DNA testing. Results for testing are at a 99.9% accuracy level.

Legal DNA Testing

Legal DNA Testing Process

Step 1- Call to Schedule

Legal DNA testing requires that all samples be taken by a non-biased 3rd party collector. With thousands of facilities scattered around the nation, Test Me DNA will have a location near you. Our trained DNA case manager will work to find a time and location that best meets your needs. At the time of scheduling, all information pertaining to the individuals testing will be gathered.

Your DNA case manager will try to prepare you on what to expect during the collection process. As well as answer any questions you might have.

Step 2 – Legal DNA Collection Appointment

Arrive on time for your appointment. Be sure to bring the appropriate identification for each individual testing. Labcorp is a professional DNA collection center and their lab technician will be ready for your appointment.

The DNA collection will consist of simple and painless swabs from the inside of the cheeks. The lab technician will also take a fingerprint and a photo of the individuals testing. There will be a few documents to sign, and then your DNA collection appointment will be complete.

Step 3 – Get Your Results

Results can be available in as little as 3-5 business days. This is after all samples are collected and received at the main DNA testing lab.

Once testing has completed, a DNA case manager will notify you via phone and/or email. The original Legal Documents will then be mailed out accordingly.

Our accredited laboratory produces the highest quality legal documents for presentation in court and other legal matters.

Court Admissible DNA Results Include the Following Documents

  • DNA Paternity/Relationship Report. This is a summary of the laboratories findings, which includes the DNA genetic profile of each person tested. It also provides the probability of paternity as well as the combined paternity index. 

  • Notarized Conclusion. This report gives a detailed conclusions that is easy to understand. It is signed off by the physician that oversees the testing and is notarized for legal use.

  • Chain of Custody Records. This document provides the original photograph and thumbprint taken at the time of the DNA collections. It also includes the documentation of the collection, handling and transferring of the DNA collections.

Common Reasons for Legal DNA Test

  • Birth Certificate
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Tribal Enrollment
  • Insurance
  • Tax Forms
  • Will/Estate
  • Adoption
  • Immigration

The Test Me DNA Difference

DNA Collections Included

Test Me DNA offers everything needed to get legal paternity results and testing for one low price. With other companies, they require you to do the work and find a collector or they tack on more to the pricing for the collection. The collection and proper chain of custody are some of the biggest concerns for court admissible DNA tests.

Not only do they add additional fees for using their collection services, but they also do not schedule immediately during your initial setup. With Test Me DNA and our partnership with Labcorp, we can typically schedule appointments the same day or within a few business days. While we have you on the phone, we look at the availability at your chosen location and get the best time booked right then and there.

On the rare occurrence we can not provide a Labcorp DNA collection site in your area, we can work with a list of certified collectors that can perform the collection for a small fee.

Legal DNA Results Included

While other companies only allow one person to receive results and charge additional fees for contacts. They may also tack additional costs to provide you with mailed copies. In most courts, it is required that the original documents be presented, which can only be received by mail.
At Test Me DNA we are committed to provide you with the most accurate results as quickly as possible. Once results are completed, a representative in our office will immediately reach out to you via phone to discuss those results. A email with results will also be provided to you, with the mailed original results reaching you a short time after.

AABB Accreditation

Our partner laboratory LabCorp is one of the very few DNA testing laboratories accredited by the AABB. The AABB’s Relationship DNA Testing Accreditation program is considered the gold standard for DNA testing laboratories. To ensure that all tests are conducted with the highest standard of accuracy, accredited laboratories must pass rigorous reviews and inspections. Only accredited DNA tests are admissible in the court of law.

Legal DNA Paternity Testing FAQ

Are appointments needed for Legal Paternity Tests?

Yes, scheduling is required for Legal DNA Testing. Paperwork and scheduling must be called in before the DNA collection appointment. Same day testing appointments are typically available Monday through Friday.

Is a Legal DNA Test different than a Home Paternity Test?

Legal DNA testing has a strict chain of custody that is followed and samples have to be collected by a trained professional. You will also get legal court admissible DNA results that are notarized. The results for legal testing can be used in a court of law and for various other reasons.

The home DNA testing kit is collected by yourself in the privacy of your own home. The DNA samples will still go back to the same testing laboratory as the legal testing. But since the lab does not have proof of the people that were collected, the results cannot be used for legal purposes.

Test Me DNA’s legal DNA testing and home DNA testing hold the same level of accuracy.

Is a court order required for a Legal Paternity Test?

In most states a court order is NOT needed for DNA Paternity Testing. However, in the state of New York, you will need 1 of the following to get a DNA test, a court order, a doctor’s prescription OR a letter of authorization from an attorney.

Can people testing live in different cities or states?

Absolutely. We have a network of nationwide labs that we work with for DNA collections. So Test Me DNA can schedule and coordinate testing in different geographic areas easily. This allows the DNA testing appointments to be scheduled separately even if the father is in a different state. There is no extra charge for parties to be tested in different locations.

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What makes a legal DNA Test court admissible?

The collection of DNA sample is performed by an independent third-party professional. They verify that all parties testing bring in legally valid forms of ID. A photo is also recorded of all people participating in the testing. The technician collection the sample and the laboratory performing the testing must also follow a strict chain of custody and be accredited by the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks.

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What can I use legal DNA paternity results for?

Common reasons for Legal Paternity Testing include: child custody, child support, name change, tax forms, adoption, will and estate planning, birth certificate changes, military benefits, social security benefits, tribal enrollment, court hearings, etc.

How long does it take to get results of a legal DNA test?

If the legal DNA test is a paternity test, the results typically take 3-5 business days from the time the main lab receives all samples.

If the legal test is a special relationship test, the results typically take 3-8 business days from the time the main lab receives all samples. Special relationship tests include grandparent DNA tests, sibling DNA tests and avuncular DNA tests (DNA test with an aunt or an uncle).

Where can I present legal DNA test results?

Court admissible DNA results can be used in any court of law throughout the United States. They can also be used for most international cases.

The social security office, child support, IRS and other agencies require legal DNA results.

Who can do a legal DNA test?

Our most common legal DNA test is a paternity test. With this test, a possible father and a possible child can be tested to get an accurate result.

However, we offer multiple legal DNA tests including grandparents, siblings, aunt or uncles and mothers.

How much does a legal DNA test cost?

Pricing for legal DNA testing varies based on how many people will be testing.

If 2 people are testing such as 1 possible father and 1 child, the cost of the legal DNA test is $349. Any additional person is $125.

Can you get a legal paternity test if the father is deceased?

This is actually more common than most people realize. If there is a post-mortem DNA sample on file at the coroner’s office or funeral home, a legal DNA test can be performed.

If there is not a DNA sample available for the deceased father, we can do other type of relationship DNA tests. This can include the grandparents, siblings, aunts or uncles.

Legal DNA Testing Questions

Legal DNA Testing Help

If this is your first paternity test, we recommend that you call our paternity experts to make certain that you order the right test for your unique situation.

Our customer service reps can help answer all your paternity test questions and easily setup a test for you in just a few minutes. The process is confidential, simple, and friendly.

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Legal Paternity Testing Cost


All tests include 2 participants. Each additional participant is $125.

  • Court Approved Results
  • Professional Sample Collection
  • Chain of Custody Documents
  • One Low Price
  • 3-5 Day Results

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Why Choose Test Me DNA

Convenient Scheduling Near You

With over 2000 DNA testing locations, we are sure to have a location nearby. Scheduling a DNA collection is always as simple as a telephone call.

Outstanding Customer Service

Our DNA case managers make you our number 1 priority! We care about your concerns and listen to what you have to say. We want to answer each and every one of your questions and set you up with the DNA test that fits your needs.

One Low Cost-No Hidden Fees

Test Me DNA offers DNA Testing at a low cost while still offering accurate and accredited laboratory results.

Most other DNA testing companies tack on hidden fees, but Test Me DNA wants to be upfront with pricing and let you know the full cost for the entire process.

Fast Results

Results for DNA testing are typically available in as little as 3-5 business days after samples are collected and received by the main lab. Results can sometimes be back in a shorter period of time, depending on the work load at the testing lab.

Accurate Results

Test Me DNA only offers DNA testing provided by Labcorp. Labcorp is the nation’s #1 DNA testing laboratory. Our contract with Labcorp allows us to offer their same great test at a discounted rate to our clients. They provide the highest level of accuracy of 99.9%.

Privacy Guaranteed

Patient privacy is of the upmost importance to us. Test Me DNA and their testing laboratory are the only companies with access to personal information. We do not share or sell your personal information with 3rd party companies.

Non-Legal DNA Testing for Private Use

Personal Knowledge Paternity tests including home paternity tests cannot be used as official proof of a family relationship for court proceedings. Although our home testing kits are just as accurate as our legal testing, the collection is not performed under the strict chain of custody required for evidence in the court of law. The laboratory simply tests the samples received and compares the DNA profiles to get results. Since the the collections were performed by the individuals testing, there is no way to verify who was actually collected for the test. For this reason, if you believe you will need to present the DNA results for court purposes, then we suggest using the legal DNA test.