1) What is the difference between court admissible and private testing?
The results of a court admissible test include the collection of documentation and DNA sample by a neutral third party, which can be use in a court of law or for other legal purpose as proof of an established chain of custody or event.
The results of a private test can be used only for personal knowledge and peace of mind. The samples can be collected by the participating parties or by a 3rd party. However, these results will not hold up in court.
We offer both options.
2) Do I need to schedule an appointment?
It is recommended to schedule an appointment for all participating parties when the purchaser is seeking results for legal purpose. A location is found based on the zip code provided and certain paperwork has to be prepared prior to the test being performed, therefore, walk-ins are not accepted. Same day appointments are available.
3) Do I have to pay the entire fee up front?
No. However, a deposit is required to begin the testing process and the results will not be released until the balance is paid.
4) Can individuals getting tested be in different cities, states or countries?
Yes. We offer DNA testing services worldwide. Locations are found by zip code within the states, and by city and country for overseas. Be advised that in the state of New York only legal DNA testing is allowed. The laboratory will not perform private or peace of mind testing and will return any samples received that are post marked from New York State.
5) When testing for paternity, does the mother have to be tested for accurate results?
No, the mother does not need to be tested for conclusive and accurate paternity results.
6) What makes a test court admissible?
An AABB accredited facility must perform the testing and the chain of custody must be established by a 3rd neutral party. During the collection process the participating parties must provide a form of identification, such as, photo ID, passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc. In addition, a photo will be taken of all tested persons participating in the DNA test.
7) What samples can be used for DNA testing?
The most popular option is the buccal swab. This method involves the use of a Q-tip like swab that collects cells from the inside of the cheek of all the parties being tested. This method is safe, painless and very effective. Other samples that can be used include blood, mucus, hair, finger nails, toe nails, etc.
8) Can a paternity test be performed before a child is born?
Yes. There are 3 types of samples that can be used. The first is a Cervical Villis Sample (CVS) which can be collected at 10 to 12 weeks pregnancy. The second is amniotic fluid which can be collected at 12 to 21 weeks of pregnancy. The third is a non-invasive blood sample which can be collected any time after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
9) How old must a child be to participate in a DNA test?
There is no minimum age for a child to be tested.
10) Is it possible to determine if a deceased person is the father of a child?
Yes. A post-mortem paternity test can be performed after completing viability testing on a sample of deceased provided by the coroner with the consent of the next of kin.
11) Does insurance cover DNA testing?
12) Do you offer mobile collections?
Yes, depending on location. Many times, we have a mobile collector available. Typically, there is an additional fee for a mobile collection service. The fee varies depending on the distance the collector needs to travel.