It is preferable to test a child, alleged father, and the mother of the child. However, testing is possible without the mother’s sample and in certain circumstances, such as when the alleged father is unavailable or deceased, it is also possible to conduct a test using stored DNA samples from the alleged father or DNA from his biological relatives.
LabCorp has a nationwide network of more than 1,900 locations that perform DNA collections by buccal swabs. There are no additional fees for samples collected at a LabCorp facility LabCorp also has contracts with more than 13,000 collection sites globally, where collection fees may apply. Please use our Collection Site Locator to find a site located near you.
No, parties can provide their samples at different times and in different cities or states. LabCorp has a large specimen collection network, making it convenient for all parties to submit samples. When placing your order, let us know if certain parties should be scheduled together or separately.
In a legal test, each adult party is required to provide government-issued photo identification at the time of collection. The specimen collector examines the identification and either records that information on the chain-of-custody form or makes a photocopy to attach to the chain-of-custody form. In addition, a photograph is also taken of each party. Minor children are identified through an official birth certificate. If a government-issued photo ID is available for the child, this will be used, as well.
In a non-legal test, standard cheek swab specimens may be collected in a non-clinical setting such as a home. However, the DNA test results conducted using such samples are not intended for use in a court of law. Results using samples collected at home will be for the knowledge of the tested parties only.
Food consumption does not affect your DNA, but could contaminate the buccal swab used for DNA sample collection. Food residue left in the mouth may contaminate the swab and inhibit the extraction of DNA from the swab. If you have eaten recently, the collection technician will ask you to rinse out your mouth.
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