Establish paternal identity for financial support or child custody
Verify familial relationships for inheritance purposes
Determine biological parents as an adoptee
Discover your genetic heritage
Most common reasons for DNA testing:
Birth Parent Search
Prenatal or Post-Birth Paternity Identification
Tracing Ancestral Lineage
When you arrive for your appointment, you will need to present proper identification. The DNA collector will verify your identity and make a copy of your ID. You will need to provide a thumbprint. These steps follow the "chain-of-custody" procedures and will ensure that your test results are legally defensible.
After you are properly identified, you will need to sign a form giving your consent for the sample collection. If you are the legal custodian of a minor to be tested, you must provide a signature on behalf of the child.
The collector will gather your tissue samples using simple buccal (cheek) swabs. several cotton-tipped applicators are brushed against the inside of your cheek walls to gather loose cells. This method of DNA testing produces results as accurate as a blood sample, without any pain.
The entire process normally takes 15-30 minutes, depending upon the number of parties in your group. Once the collection is complete, the collector will seal the envelope and ship it to the lab. In most cases, you should receive your results in 3-5 days.