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Private or Legal DNA Test


The difference between a legal DNA test and private DNA test is how the samples are collected; although the laboratory processing and testing are the same.


Private DNA Test[Also known as the "Peace of Mind DNA Test" or the "Second Opinion DNA Test"] You collect samples yourself in the privacy of your own home, however this DNA test is inadmissible in legal forums such as a court or other governmental agency.  A private paternity test is a fast, economical solution, and is perfect for families who need to know the truth regarding paternity, or for personal information. The private paternity test a/k/a second opinion test or the peace or mind test is prohibited in the state of New York. If you decide a private test is what you need, we will ship a kit to your home or other designated locale.  A private paternity test may be used for:

  • Anyone with lingering doubts about a child's paternity
  • Adopted or adult children seeking their true biological parents
  • Anyone who needs to know the truth before incurring expensive legal costs

Relationship Testing Performed By An AABB Accredited Laboratory



Legal DNA Test - Samples for a legal test must be collected, witnessed, and documented by a neutral third party such as a trained technician, laboratory, doctor, or clinic. The third party collector will document the process using the Chain of Custody method; a documentation process which ensures that the test results are legally admissible. At your sample collection appointment, you will be required to show some form of government issued photo identification and you will be fingerprinted. In addition, a photograph of all test participants may be taken.  Please contact us 888-312-4362 to schedule your appointment at a facility close to your home, office, or other locale.  The Legal DNA Test may be used for:

  • Child support
  • Custody proceedings
  • Inheritance
  • Social Security
  • Other matters in a legal forum, court, or governmental agency
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