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FAQs
What is a Paternity test?

Paternity testing is a scientific test used to determine whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Since we inherit half our DNA from our mother and half from our father the test compares the DNA from the father to the child to see if they match.

What if the father is not available for testing?

When it is not possible to test an alleged father, Paternity can be established indirectly by testing parental relatives using Grandparentage, Siblingship, Avuncular testing, or Forensic testing.

How is a DNA collection performed?

A simple and painless mouth swab is used to collect cells from the inside of a person’s cheek.  A sterile swab is rubbed for 20 to 30 seconds on the inside of the cheek to collect these cells. This type of testing is just as accurate as a blood test, but not as invasive. Forensic samples are also accepted.

Do I need a doctor’s or court order to have DNA testing performed?

Many cases involve doctors and attorneys, but you are not required to have an order nor referral.  You can receive legal and private DNA testing services yourself online, over the phone, by mail or email privately.

What if the person is not able to provide a mouth swab for testing? Can I still have a DNA test done?

Yes, it is possible to have a Forensic sample submitted for testing. Please see our section on Forensic testing for more information.

What if the individuals being tested live in different places?

With local facilities located across Canada to accommodate these types of scenarios. It is also possible to have two separate appointment times at the same location if you are not comfortable seeing the other party.  Individuals tested are positively identified through photographs and government issued photo identification.  If you are having a private test done we can send split kits out to each person who is being tested at each address (simply specify each additional shipping addresses upon checkout in the indicated field). Each kit is identified by a unique number to assure all samples are match up accordingly once received back at the laboratory.

What is the difference between legal testing and private testing?

Legal testing clients can choose to come into a facility across Canada or have a Mobile Unit dispatched to a desired location. During the collection process, the individuals tested are positively identified through photographs and government issued photo identification. Certified DNA Specialists will perform the collection, through a simple and painless mouth swab from the inside of the cheek. All information is documented on a Chain of Custody which ensures all test results are legally admissible and accredited.

Private testing is just as accurate and treated the same way in the laboratory as our legal testing, but can be performed in the comfort of your own home. You will receive your kit in the mail which includes easy to follow instructions, collection envelopes, mouth swabs and a Chain of Custody form.  Also include a return, pre-addressed envelope to return your samples for testing.

Once the samples are received at the facility the exact same procedures are followed with a legal test and a private test, to ensure the highest level of quality and standards. We use 16 to 28 different genetic markers to build a genetic profile, an industry gold standard. All laboratory reports are run in duplicate to ensure accuracy and reviewed by a Ph.D. Analyst.

How long will it take to receive my results?

Once the samples are received at our laboratory you will receive your results within 5 to 7 business days. If you require your results sooner for an additional $100.00 fee you can add a rush analysis and you will have your results within as little as 3 to 5 business days.  Our Ancestry and Genealogy testing takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete.

How will I receive my results?

All reports are sent by mail, email or fax. Results are never released over the phone. When filling out your Chain of Custody form there is a section to fill out to let us know where you would like your final results sent and how many copies you require.

Are my test results court admissible?

Yes, if you have legal testing done they are court admissible and accredited. Private cases are NOT court admissible, but will deliver the same results as legal testing.

Can I have a Paternity test done if the baby is not born yet?

Yes, it is possible to have a Prenatal test done. Please see out section on Prenatal testing for more information.

Does the testing have to be paid for up front?

Yes, testing will not begin until payment is received in full.

Is it possible to have a private kit mailed out to me discreetly?

DNA testing can be a private matter, kits in a plain unmarked envelope with no markings can be ordered. Please indicate which method when ordering your kit online or by calling a DNA Specialists.