1) What is the difference
between court admissible and private testing?
The results of a court admissible test include legal documentation
and, therefore, can be use in a court of law and for other legal
reasons. The results of a private test can be used only for
personal knowledge and will not hold up in court. We offer both
2) Do you need a court order to
have a court admissible test performed?
No, a court order is not required. Anyone can schedule a court
admissible DNA test. In fact, many individuals have court
admissible testing performed for personal knowledge only. Remember,
the results of a DNA test never expire. Although you may not need
the results to be court admissible now, you may in the future.
3) Do I need to schedule an
Yes, you must contact us to schedule an appointment. Certain
paperwork has to be prepared prior to the test being performed,
therefore, we do not accept walk-ins. Same day appointments are
4) Do I have to pay the entire
fee up front?
No. Once we schedule an appointment that is satisfactory, you will
be required to pay the first half of the payment before close of
business the day before your test date. If we have not received the
first half before the morning of your test date, we will make your
appointment available to others. The other half of payment is not
due until you are ready to access your results. There is no
additional fee for this option.
5) Can individuals getting
tested be in different cities and/or states?
Yes. We offer DNA testing in every state except New York.
Therefore, the location of individuals participating in a DNA test
has no bearing on the testing itself or the accuracy of the
results. There is no additional fee to schedule parties in
6) When testing for paternity, does the mother have to
be tested for accurate results?
No, the mother does not have to be tested. We typically produce
results with very strong support when an alleged father and child
test alone. Testing the mother may reduce the risk of getting
inconclusive results. However, an inconclusive result is not common
with a paternity test.
7) What makes a test court admissible?
A combination of two things make a test court admissible. First,
the collection process. The sample collection for a court
admissible test must be performed by a neutral third party. A form
of identification is required, such as, photo ID, passport, birth
certificate, social security card, etc. Also, a photo is taken of
all parties participating in the DNA test.
Second, the laboratory performing the DNA test must be an AABB
accredited facility. All of our testing is performed by accredited
8) How are samples collected for DNA
The standard, and preferred, collection is a buccal swab. This
procedure involves the use of a cotton swab to collect cheek cells
from the inside of both the left and right cheeks of all parties
being tested. This method is safe, painless and very effective.
Other samples that can be used include blood, hair, finger nails,
toe nails, etc.
9) Can a paternity test be performed before a child is
Yes. There are 2 types of samples that can be used. Both are
collected from the mother. The first is a Cervical Villis Sample
(CVS) which can be collected at 10 to 12 weeks. The second, and
preferred method, is amniotic fluid which can be collected at 12 to
21 weeks. Both must be collect by an OB/GYN. If your OB/GYN will
collect the sample, we will send both the mother and alleged father
in for the buccal swab collection. This process produces accurate
results, but is much more expensive than waiting until after a
child is born.
10) How old must a child be to participate in a DNA
There is no minimum age for a child to be tested.
11) Is it possible to determine if a deceased person is
the father of a child?
Yes. There are a few options. We can perform a test using a parent
of the alleged father or sibling of the alleged father, if
available. Also, a paternity test can be performed using a sample
containing the alleged father's DNA, such as, blood, hair, finger
nails, toe nails, etc.
12) Does insurance cover DNA testing?
No. DNA testing for the purpose of establishing paternity,
maternity or any other relationship is not a health related test.
There are no diagnosis or CPT codes available, which are required
by insurance companies. Therefore, they are not covered by any form
of health insurance.
13) Do you offer mobile collections?
Yes. However, it depends on your location. Many times, we have a
mobile collector available. Typically, there is an additional fee
for a mobile collection. The fee varies depending on the distance
the collector needs to travel.