Frequently Asked Questions
We are eager and happy to answer any questions you may have regarding paternity
testing. If you do not find the information you need here or elsewhere in this
site, please do not hesitate to call one of our offices
Appointments available 7 days a week in most
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Following is a list of
frequently asked questions from our customers:
Is the mother always tested?
No, but if she is, the paternity test may take less time and provide for a
higher level of certainty. When the mother participates we are able to subtract
her contribution to the child's DNA pattern before comparison to the potential
How long does DNA testing take?
Paternity testing reports are typically provided
4-5 days following
receipt of the samples. Rush testing in one to three days is available at
Do I need a doctor's or lawyer's order for a paternity test?
Not a all. In fact, most of our clients order paternity testing directly from the site. Keep in
mind that for the fully accredited version of the test, a legal guardian must
sign for any minor children. If you want us to communicate with any involved
relatives, doctors, or attorneys, you must authorize us to do so.
How are paternity testing samples collected?
All samples are taken with cheek (buccal) swabs.
A painless and quick way to get cells from which
to extract your DNA.
Does the child have to be a certain age to have a DNA paternity test?
No. There is no minimum age requirement for the child's portion of the test.
Samples are taken with a non-invasive cheek (buccal) swab.
What types of parentage testing do you offer?
We offer a broad range of paternity and DNA identity tests.
Non-Legal Parentage Testing - When testing is for peace of mind and
results will not be used in court. See our comparison chart to learn if this
will work for you.
Fully Accredited Parentage Testing - When results are needed for legal
Grand Paternity Testing - Called for when the father is unavailable. It
is a straightforward paternity test when both of his parents are available for
testing and there is no doubt as to his parentage.
Twin Zygosity Testing - Available to determine whether twins are
identical or fraternal.
What about confidentiality?
Information of any kind regarding a case will not be released to anyone other
than the tested parties and their named representatives without written order.
How will I receive my results?
First, a phone call from your DNA Counselor will
be made to share the results with you over the
phone. (So that you don not have to wait
for the US Mail.) Then, reports are mailed to all tested adults and their designated representatives.
Reports can be sent by fax or e-mail if requested. The report is a
confidential, notarized legal document that has a scientific description of the
genetic patterns. .
How much does it cost?
Please refer to our Services and Pricing area for a
full listing of PeopleScreen service offerings and related pricing.
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