What is Paternity Testing?
Paternity testing provides scientific evidence of whether a man can be a child's biological father. Paternity is determined by comparing the child's DNA with the DNA profile of the alleged father.
When should I purchase a legal paternity DNA test?
A paternity or maternity test can be used to establish the parenthood of an individual for a court case such as child support, social security, or child custody. The test can also be used to support placing a parent’s name on a birth certificate. LabCorp places the highest emphasis on following legal chain of custody with your sample, so your sample will be valid evidence in a legal setting. We employ the latest technology to provide the most accurate results for you. Our highly accurate tests exclude, on average, 99.99% of non-fathers. We provide safe, secure, and efficient transportation of your samples.
What kind of sample is tested in legal DNA tests?
The most common sample type is a buccal swab. This sample is collected using a cotton swab that is gently rubbed on the inside of your cheek. Blood samples are also acceptable.
Schedule an Appointment
After your order is confirmed and payment is processed, a representative will contact you to schedule the specimen collection or you can select to call us instead. We have more than 1,900 LabCorp-operated facilities in the US, and contract with more than 13,000 locations globally. We will work with you to find a convenient location for sample collection. Our office is open to assist you Monday through Friday, 8am – 8pm EST.
At-Home Tests (Non-Legal)
When should I purchase a non-legal at-home test?
You want to determine the paternity or maternity of a child but you are not involved in a court matter, you should purchase a non-legal at-home test. If there is any chance the results might be needed for legal purposes, a legal test should be performed. LabCorp uses the same testing technology for both legal and non-legal testing. Non-legal or at-home tests allow for sample collection at your home and do not follow the legal chain-of-custody protocols needed for a legal test. Our highly accurate tests exclude, on average, 99.99% of non-fathers.
What kind of sample is tested with at-home test?
A DNA collection kit will be delivered to you. The kit will contain 4 cotton swabs for each person that will be providing their sample for testing. DNA samples can be collected at home by rubbing the cotton swab on the inside of the cheek.