Legal vs. At-Home Testing

What to consider when selecting a DNA test

Legal Tests

Provides court-ready results that may be used to resolve child support disputes, custody disputes, probate issues and other legal matters. Samples are collected at one of LabCorp's conveniently located certified collection facilities insuring proper chain of custody is maintained. A documented chain of custody is required for all tests that may be used for legal purposes.

At-Home Tests

Referred to as a non-legal test or at-home test. This test is used when you just need or want answers regarding genetic relationships. A pre-paid express envelope is provided so that you may expedite your DNA samples to the lab.

Comparison

  Legal Tests At-Home Tests
Used For

Provides court-ready results that may be used to resolve legal matters, such as:

  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Immigration
  • Birth Certificate
  • Tax Forms
  • Will / Estate
  • Court Order
  • Adoption
  • Other legal reasons

Provides answers regarding genetic family relationships, including: 

  • Paternity (father)
  • Maternity (mother)
  • Sibling (half or full)
  • Twin
  • Individual DNA
Sample
Collection
Painless cheek swab collected at one of LabCorp's conveniently located certified collection facilities.

Easy-to-follow kit instructions allow for painless collection of cheek swab samples in the privacy of your own home.

Turn-around time 3-5 business days after sample is collected and received at lab. 3-5 business days after sample is collected and received at lab.
Results Positive test results are routinely 99.99% or higher. Positive test results are routinely 99.99% or higher.
Price Starting at: $210 Starting at: $105
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