Paternity Test US Questions About Paternity Testing Answered
Our independent laboratory provides both Legal and Private Paternity Tests. Our paternity tests start at $99.
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Results will be available within 3-5 business days.
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- Court and AABB approved
- Fast 2-3 day results
- Always private and confidential
- Expert paternity technicians will handle your case
- 250 Local Clinics, find one close to you
- Easy, pain free, cotton swab test.
- We also offer Court Admissible, DNA Immigration Testing and Expert Witness Services.
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How do I sign up for a paternity test right away?
To signup and order a paternity test just call 1-866-434-2400.
|How does Paternity Test US keep paternity test results confidential? |
Paternity Test US keeps DNA test results completely locked down. They are released only to the adult persons who were tested. We use the most up to date software to keep our data encrypted and only viewable by our laboratory technicians.
|What does paternity mean? |
The word paternity simply means fatherhood. Paternity is proven when a paternity testing laboratory uses DNA tests to run a DNA paternity test to demonstrate to a legal standard. This proves whether or not an alleged father (the potential father) is the biological father. Paternity can prove that the the dad is not the baby's father using the same DNA paternity testing methods that prove that the alleged father (the potential father) is not the baby's father.
|How does DNA paternity testing work? |
DNA paternity testing is a specific form of DNA testing, which involves examining the genetic material a child has inherited from its parents. DNA is located everywhere inside and outside of the human body and each DNA strand (or part of the DNA) is always consistent and the same. The DNA in the blood is the same as it is in the skin, the cheek lining, the muscle, the bone, the teeth and all other tissue.
Upon conception a child's DNA is created for the first time. This DNA remains totally constant throughout the person's life. During the paternity testing process, the genetic components of the child compared to those of the alleged father. If the mother's sample is available, it will be used in this comparison as well: modern genetic testing does not require the mother's sample.
If the tested man (alleged father) does not have the genetic characteristics necessary to be the biological father of the child, he is excluded, meaning he is not the baby's father. If the tested man's DNA does contain those genetic characteristics, then he will not 'not excluded' and declared the biological father.
|What age is best for determining paternity? |
Any person, any age can be tested to determine their father, Paternity Test US can even test unborn children through prenatal testing.
|How long will it take to see the results? |
Results can be available within three to five business days.
|Just how accurate is DNA paternity testing? |
DNA paternity testing carried out by Paternity Test US, is an extremely accurate DNA/genetic testing method. It can absolutely determine if the man is or is not the biological father. DNA paternity testing can establish that the alleged father is the baby's father with a probability of paternity of 99% or higher.
|Does using drugs change someone's DNA? |
No, DNA cannot be altered at all by medication, drugs, age or alcohol.
|Where does Paternity Test US operate? |
Paternity Test US operates in every state and country around the world. We will coordinate pick ups no matter where you are located and get the test kits to our labs so that we may run the paternity tests and provide you with immediate results.
|How do these tests take place? |
Paternity Test US uses 100% pain free testing. We use a cotton tip applicator which is used to collect “buccal cells” from the inside of your cheek. This is a non-invasive, pain-free form of collection DNA that can be performed from the comfort of your own home for at one of our convenient collection centers.
|Where is my paternity test collected? |
Paternity Test US has collection centers where you can either drop off a sample or have a sample picked up directly from your home or office. Paternity tests can also be shipped overnight directly be our courier, meaning the sample goes directly from your home to our labs via mail. Call us at 1-866-434-2400 to setup a collection.
How much does the test cost and how should I pay?
Our costs are some of the most competitive in the industry, starting at $99. Paternity Test US accepts all major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
|What is the difference between a personal paternity test and our legal paternity test? |
The sample collection in a personal paternity screening tests are completed by the individuals involved in the test in the privacy of the homes. The photographs, finger printing and strict chain of custody are not implemented thus making the results inadmissible in a court of law. The alleles (genes) examined, accuracy, and the results are identical to the legal paternity test. The personal paternity screening test is for circumstances where legal proceedings are not needed. The results of a personal paternity screening test can not be used in a court of law.
|What is a buccal swab? |
A buccal swab is a specialized applicator with a sponge or Dacron tip, which is rubbed on the inside of the check to collect epithelial cells. This procedure is noninvasive and pain free.
|Are there differences in test results obtained using buccal swabs versus blood or other tissues? |
No, DNA test results are the same because the DNA is the same in all nucleated cells of a person's body. We use the most readily available source of DNA for paternity testing. The DNA we use is located inside the mouth, buccal cells. Every cell in body, except for red blood cells, contains the same DNA. Red bloods do not contain DNA. All DNA containing cells, including cells from buccal swabs, hair follicles and urine specimens, are suitable specimens for DNA analysis (1-3). In 2000, out of 662,567 total samples reported processed for DNA, (80%) represented buccal swabs whereas 132,851 (20%) represented blood samples (4).
Are buccal swabs samples contaminated because they are taken from the mouth?
No, the swabs may contain bacteria and food but the tests are very specific for human DNA. The DNA from bacteria, food, or other organisms will not affect the tests.
Are there age limits on paternity testing?
No, the collection of umbilical cord blood at birth or the use of buccal swabs allows for testing at any age. Before DNA technology became prevalent the only way to determine paternity was to analyze Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA). HLAs are only expressed on red and white blood cell therefore, you had to use blood and you could not collect blood until the child was six month old.
Are the results admissible in court?
Yes, the identification, (photos and fingerprints), strict chain of custody and documented procedures produce results that are admissible in a court of law. In addition, expert witness services can be arranged.
How do I pay for the tests?
Tests can be paid for by Money Order, Discover, Master Card, American Express or Visa.
Can parentage be established for a deceased or missing individual?
Yes, if blood or tissues are collected postmortem and properly stored, the sample can be used by our laboratory for paternity testing. If the alleged father's parents are available, they can be used in grandparentage testing. In addition we are able to extract DNA from a wide variety of sources including licked envelope, gum, a used Kleenex and many more sources, see our forensic paternity testing section for more information.
Can parentage be established if the mother does not participate in the test?
Yes, the 16 allele human identification kit is so powerful that the mother does not have to participate in the test in order to determine paternity. You may have noticed that some companies require the mother, this is because when you only you use 7-9 allele you MUST include the mother in order to determine paternity.
Can different types of specimens (e.g., blood and buccal swabs) be used in the same case?
Yes, DNA tests are the same because the DNA is the identical in all nucleated cells.
Can accurate results be obtained from brothers or related individuals of the alleged father?
Yes, the laboratory should be notified of circumstances involving relatives. Although related individuals have similar genetic markers, additional testing can be performed until one man is excluded.
What do I need to bring to the sample collection appointment?
No identification is required for a private paternity test.
Testing is simple, all you need for a legally admissible test is any form of state-issued photo identification (e.g., drivers license, State ID card, passport).
Can eye color indicate paternity?
No. In humans, there are three genes that are known to control eye color. The expression of these three genes can explain typical patterns of inheritance of brown, green, and blue eye colors. However, they don't explain everything. Grey, hazel, multiple shades of blue, brown, green, and grey are not explained by these three genes. The molecular basis of these genes is not known; what proteins they produce and how these proteins affect eye color are not known. Eye color at birth is often blue turning, turning darker color as the child matures. Why eye color can change over time is not known. An additional gene for green is also postulated, and there are reports of blue-eyed parents producing brown-eyed children (which the three known genes can't easily explain [mutations, modifier genes that suppress brown, and additional brown genes are all potential explanations]).
Bottom line: Eye color can be VERY complicated. If you are in doubt, get a DNA test.