At-Home Collections

At-home DNA collections are commonly called non-legal tests. They provide the same information as a legal DNA test, but they are not intended for use in a court of law. If you just want to know this information but do not need to use that information in a court case, at-home kits are for you.

Please note the difference between the tests.

Non-legal testing cost less than legal because it does not require the chain of custody protocols. The same equipment and procedures are used with both legal and non-legal testing so your results are just as accurate.

If you plan to use your test results for a child support case or other court case, you may want to order a legal DNA test.  If you think you need a legal test click here.

  Non-Legal Test Legal Test
Collection Easy-to-follow kit instructions allow for painless collection of cheek swab samples in the privacy of your own home Painless cheek swab samples are collected at one of 900 LabCorp-operated collection sites or at one of our contracted national sites, providing a "chain of custody"
Uses Referred to as a non-legal test, the at-home kit provides answers when you just need to know Provides court-ready results that may be used to resolve custody disputes and legal matters
Results Testing begins the day samples are received in the laboratory. Results are generally available in 3-5 business days. Testing begins the day samples are received in the laboratory. Results are generally available in 3-5 business days.
Answers Positive test results are routinely 99.99% or higher Positive test results are routinely 99.99% or higher