Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the legal test and the private test?​

Private at-home DNA relationship tests allow individuals to find out the truth about paternity or other family relationships privately before deciding on next steps. With a private test, a buccal swab kit is mailed to the parties involved for quick and easy self-collection. Testing is completed within 1-2 business days once samples are received.

Legal DNA relationship tests provide court-admissible evidence to support or refute a biological relationship. For legal DNA testing, samples are collected and witnessed by a neutral third party following documented chain-of-custody procedures. Genetrack has sample collection facilities in most major cities in the the United States and Canada, and can arrange professional witnessed sample collection services on the client’s behalf.

What is the minimum age for testing a child?

DNA can be collected from individuals of any age, including newborns, with a simple cheek swab.

What types of relationship tests do you offer?

We offer a variety of relationship DNA tests to suit different needs, including paternity testing, maternity testing, full- or half-siblingship testing, and grandparentage testing. We also offer more complex relationship testing like aunt/uncle and twin zygosity testing.

What if the parties to be tested live in different cities?

For private testing, we can ship kit components to different addresses. Samples are labeled and tested together when received. To order a split kit, simply state “please split this kit” in the comments box of the online order form. Please also indicate which name and address to send each component. Alternatively, you can choose to have the entire kit shipped to you and you can split the kit yourself and send the components to the other parties in the test.

For legal testing, we can arrange separate appointments in each location.

Does the mother need to be tested for a paternity case?

If the mother already knows that she is the biological mother of a child, then there is no need to test her if only the alleged father is in question. A conclusive answer regarding paternity can be obtained without testing the mother.

Can paternity be determined if the alleged father is unavailable?

If the alleged father is deceased, we may be able to use personal items like toothbrushes for forensic DNA testing. f no forensic sample is available, we can test his relatives – like his parentssiblings, or other children.

How is the DNA sample collected?

DNA is collected by gently rubbing the inside of the cheek with a brush for 15 seconds. This safe, quick, and painless method works on people of all ages.

How long does testing take?

Once the samples are received, all DNA relationship tests and sexual health tests are completed within 1-3 business days. Other non-relationship DNA tests take 6-12 weeks.

How do I receive the results of my test?

For private testing, results are available immediately after testing is complete. Log into your secure account anytime to view and download your report.

For legal testing, the certified legal document will be available by email and/or mail immediately once the testing has been completed.

Can testing be performed before a child is born?

Yes, we can perform prenatal DNA testing on CVS or amniotic fluid samples. If you are interested in proceeding with prenatal testing, the first step is to arrange an appointment for amniocentesis or CVS with your physician/obstetrician. Let us know once your physician has scheduled an appointment and we will send a collection kit. Results take 7-10 business days from receipt of samples. If prenatal sampling is not possible, our regular paternity test can test as early as the day of birth from a cheek swab. 

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