Legal Paternity DNA Test
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What is paternity testing?
A Paternity DNA Test can determine whether or not the tested man is the biological father of the child in question. In our case, this procedure involves collecting and comparing the DNA found inside the cheek cells taken from a sample of saliva from both the child and the suspected father.
How is a Legal Paternity Test Different from an At-Home Paternity Test?
The biggest differences between the two tests are than an at-home Paternity Test does not require proof of identity where a Legal Paternity Test all participants must identify themselves with state or federal identification (driver license, passport, or birth certificates for young children) and have a picture taken at the time of testing.
Legal DNA testing has a very different sample collection process compared to at-home paternity testing. Legal and AABB guidelines require that everyone involved in the court admissible DNA testing process have their DNA collected by an impartial third party. This can be done at facilities such as a medical office, health clinic, or a hospital.
Legal paternity testing also follows a strict chain of custody and sample collection procedure, as well as different shipping and handling methods than non-legal testing.
When should I Get a Legal Paternity Test?
A Legal Paternity Test is most often needed when dealing with matter of the court. Things such as a mandated court order or when applying to make changes to child support, child custody, changes to a birth certificate, and other legal matters.
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After receipt at our laboratory, results will be finished and your paternity report will ready and be sent to you within 2-3 business days after receipt in our lab.
*Immigration DNA Testing is a separate process than both Home and Legal DNA, both in process and sample collection. For more information on Immigration DNA Testing see our US Immigration DNA Testing Page.
In the Las Cruces, NM/El Paso, TX area?
Schedule an appointment at our El Paso laboratory near N. Mesa and Restler
Steps For Legal Paternity Testing
Step 1: Order Your legal Paternity Test Online (Click here)
Order your DNA test like you would any other product online. Fill in your name, email, phone, shipping address.
If you would like us to set up an appointment for you, include the zip code or city closest to where you would like the testing to take place. After you place your order, a Validity Genetics representative will be in touch with you via your email or phone number (let us know how you would like to be contacted) within 24 hours to confirm payment and help coordinate the sample collection process near your home or office at a time convenient for you.
Step 2: Get your DNA Collected
Show up to your scheduled DNA collection time at the collection station. Make sure to bring a federally recognized government ID, such as a drivers license, passport, or military ID. In the case of a child being tested, a valid certified birth certificate copy must be brought. You may also be required to have a picture taken by the collector (or elect to bring one with you). The collector will help you fill out the paperwork, sign, and certify that the collection has taken place according to legal standards.
Step 3: Receive your Legal Paternity Results
After providing the sample at the collection site, the DNA test kit will be mailed in a secure and traceable package to our accredited home laboratory in El Paso, Texas. The professional laboratory technicians will handle your genetic samples according to the exacting standards set forth by the AABB in preparing and processing the samples. Testing will be complete within two business days, the results will be double checked and verified for 99.99% accuracy, and after being signed off by our PhD lab directors we will issue a legal document to you via your email.