DNA paternity testing determines whether a man could be the biological father of a child. The type of paternity test you require depends on what you need the DNA test results for:
1. Legal Paternity Test
If you need paternity test results that can be used as a legal document, then a legal DNA test must be performed.
Listed below are some common legal reasons that this test is used for:
- Child Support
- Birth Certificate
- Court Order
- Child Custody
- Tax Forms
A legal paternity test requires that all tested parties have their DNA samples collected at a certified facility — such as local hospitals, medical offices and health departments. When you place your order with DDC, a scheduling specialist will find an office near you to arrange an appointment.
One advantage of using DDC over other companies is that we have the largest network of certified facilites in North America, so finding a convenient location near you is easy!
2. Home Paternity Test
If you do not need a DNA test for a legal matter — and only want to take a paternity test strictly for your own knowledge — you have the option of purchasing a home DNA test from DDC.
In home paternity testing, the tested parties collect their own DNA samples and mail them to our laboratory. When you call to place an order for a home paternity test, we will send you a DNA kit within one business day and explain the step-by-step process to complete the test.
Before ordering a home test, please consider the legal test if you believe the results will ever be used for more than personal knowledge — this way, you won't have to purchase another test in the future.
3. Prenatal Paternity Test
If you are in need of a paternity test while pregnant DDC offers the safest, most accurate way to establish paternity before the baby is born. Please visit our Prental Paternity Testing page for ordering information.
Your First Step...
Since this is probably your first DNA test, and every situation is unique, we highly recommend you call our paternity experts to ensure you get the test that's right for you. Other laboratories outsource their customer service, but at DDC we take pride in hiring and training our own people so that your experience is confidential, friendly, and easy.
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