Legal Paternity Testing
A paternity test performed using Chain of Custody collection is also known as a legal paternity test. This procedure assures courts and other government agencies of the reliability of the results because it ensures the following:
- The persons performing the sample collection have no interest in the outcome of the test.
- The persons being tested are identified using acceptable proofs of ID (driverís license, state ID, and others).
- The samples are carefully tracked to the tested parties throughout the DNA testing process.
American Paternity Centerís legal paternity test is performed by the largest private DNA laboratory in the United States. Our laboratory has been recognized and accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) as having the highest and most stringent standards for paternity testing. Additionally, we have the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) permit, which is especially important for clients residing in New York. Please see our Accreditations page for details on these and our other accreditations.
A Chain of Custody collection has to be performed by a trained professional. We have the largest network of sample collection sites in the United States, and we can schedule a convenient appointment for all tested parties at a local facility. We can also arrange separate appointments if patients do not wish to go together or if they live in different states. The samples are sent to our laboratory, and we begin testing once we receive all the samples for a paternity case.
A collection fee of $70 per case is charged for the child and alleged father. The mother is collected free of charge. If additional alleged fathers or children need to be tested, there is an additional charge of $35 each.
The fee for a legal paternity test is $420 for one child and one alleged father, with or without the mother. We can start the testing process with only a $100 deposit. Additional alleged fathers and/children can be tested for $195 each (the deposit may increase depending on how many additional persons are added).
Paternity test results are available within five working days after we receive all samples in the lab. As long as the balance is paid in full, we send the results immediately via first class mail free of charge; expedited shipping options are also available for an extra fee. Please call us at 1-800-281-2906 if you need faster turnaround times or faster delivery of results.
You may order a legal paternity test by calling 1-800-281-2906. Our caring, professional staff can answer any questions you may have about the paternity testing process, and they are available to help you with any questions you have, even after you receive your results.
Note for New York residents: Additional procedures are required by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Please call us at 1-800-281-2906 to have your paternity test coordinated according to NYSDOH regulations.