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DNA Testing - Paternity

Paternity Testing

Very often, paternity testing must be admissible in a court of law. That means you need an accurate and scientifically sound test that can prove who is the father of a child, or at least show a probability of fatherhood.

Our tests come from a laboratory certified by the American Association of Blood banks. These tests require highly trained professionals who know how to collect blood samples properly and handle them in a professional manner. This handling must adhere to chain of custody rules, so that there is no doubt that the sample belongs to the individual being tested.

Of course, paternity testing can be used for non-court situations as well, such as when an individual simply wants to establish parenthood. We handle these types of tests with the same care as we use for court cases.

Approximately 25% of men tested with paternity testing turn out not to be the father. They are conclusively ruled out because of DNA results.

We most often use a cheek swab, but we can also utilize hair samples, material from toothbrushes, fingernail clippings, and any other personal items that may contain DNA. Taking DNA directly from the individual is preferred, but these other methods are acceptable.

We can also test the DNA of aunts & uncles and grandparents to establish a relationship.

Legal DNA Tests vs. Informational DNA Tests

Which One Do I Need?

Legal DNA Tests

A Legal DNA Test is required when the results will be used in any legal process. A legal test requires that several procedures and documentation are safeguarded, therefore, the test is performed at an approved collection site on the person(s) to be tested since the chain of custody for a sample must be maintained throughout the process. A witness who is not part of the family must be present when the DNA is collected.

Legal DNA Tests should be used for:

  • Child support or custody cases
  • Visitation rights
  • Medical, military, or social security benefits
  • Adding or removing a name from a birth certificate
  • Adoption cases
  • Inheritance cases (biological relationship with the person who has died)

Informational DNA Tests*

Informational DNA Tests are performed for informational or “Peace of Mind” purposes, and therefore do not carry the strict requirements of Legal DNA tests. The sample can be collected by anybody, and they can be anonymous if they want to. For Informational DNA Testing, a kit will be sent directly to you, and the test can be performed in your home and sent back to the lab. Of course, the results cannot be used in legal cases.

If you don't need results for legal reasons like child support or custody, the advantages of an Information DNA Test are:

  • Get answers FAST!
  • You can order an at-home DNA paternity test kit directly from ReliaLab Test.
  • You can collect your DNA in the comfort of your own home with a simple cheek swab.

* - Informational DNA Test can not be administered in the State of New York. All DNA tests in the State of New York must be legal DNA tests.

Order a Paternity DNA Test

Informational DNA Test (Peace Of Mind DNA Test) Orders submitted by 2 PM CST Monday-Friday will be shipped the same day you order. Orders placed on a weekend will be processed the following Monday. Contact our office to order a DNA Test or if you have any questions. For the Legal DNA Test or Peace of Mind DNA Test, please fill out the form below. In the middle of the order form you will choose what test you require. ReliaLab DNA team will generate a Legal DNA Test order for the City, and State you reside in. After the DNA test is purchased, Our associates will be in touch by email and or phone.

Order a Test

Whether you are an individual looking to get a drug test done today or an employer looking to get a pre-employment drug test done today, ordering a test online is easier than ever! Just submit your order online, receive your test authorization by email, go to your local clinic to be tested, and receive your test results in 24 to 48 hours.

Hours of Operation

Monday 8AM–12PM, 1–4:30PM
Tuesday 8AM–12PM, 1–4:30PM
Wednesday 8AM–12PM, 1–4:30PM
Thursday 8AM–12PM, 1–4:30PM
Friday 8AM–12:30PM, 1–3PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our lab.