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Does the child have to be a certain age to have a DNA paternity test?
No, we regularly perform paternity testing on newborn infants using cheek (buccal) swabs.

How long does it take to get results?
With the advanced technologies, we can deliver the fastest results in the industry.  There are a variety of services with results available within a week from the time samples are received in the laboratory. 
Urgent testing is available upon request, and results can be available as soon as 24 hours from receipt.  

How soon can I get an appointment?
We will make arrangements for the collection of your DNA as soon as possible.  The process is very fast and completely safe and painless.  We can usually arrange same day appointments in most areas. 
Call us or e-mail us and we will set up an appointment at your earliest convenience as soon as possible.  

If we reside in different cities or states, can testing be performed?
Yes.  Give us a call if you need testing in different cities or states and we will work with you to coordinate collections. 
Appointments will be set up for collections in the different locations.  Cases will be assigned a Case Number and samples are coordinated upon their receipt in the laboratory. 
Please call if there is a problem and you need to reschedule your appointment.  

How will I receive my results?
We offer several options for you to receive your results.  An original notarized report is provided to tested adults. 
The method of results being delivered will be determined at the time of collection.  Results cannot be provided to ANYONE other than the tested adults, unless a prior written authorization has been provided. 
The DNA Parentage Report is a confidential, notarized legal document that has a scientific description of the genetic patterns. Information is also included that explains the results in everyday language.

When can testing be performed?
There are no age restrictions because DNA makeup is set at conception.  Samples can be taken from persons of any age, even post-mortem. 
The combined technologies are so powerful that the genetic patterns of a deceased father can be reconstructed from grandparents, siblings or other children.

Do you need a doctor's order or a court order to have a DNA test?
No, a doctor's order or a court order is not required to have a DNA test.  (NY State is the only state which does require a doctor's order). 
We routinely coordinate cases with attorney's and/or physicians to assist their clients and/or patients. 
If you want us to communicate with any involved relatives, doctors, or attorneys you must authorize us to do so.

How difficult is it to obtain a paternity test?
It is not difficult at all.  At one time, this was a very uncertain, inconvenient and expensive process. 
With the advanced technology today, it is a relatively simple process to get a paternity test. 
Samples can be collected in a matter of a few minutes.  Once the samples are collected, laboratory results can be available in three (3) business days for a standard test; with NEXT DAY results also available in cases where this is needed.  

Are my results legally admissible?
Our laboratory results are recognized by courts in the U.S. and most countries, and are routinely 10 to 1,000 times more accurate than what the court requires for proof of parentage. 
To ensure a strict chain-of-custody, all parties are positively identified, photographed and fingerprinted when samples are collected. 
All DNA samples are stored in a secure facility to ensure accurate, legally defensible results. 
A notarized test report will be sent to all tested parties and attorneys if requested.  In addition, expert testimony services are available.  

Can parentage be determined by blood types?
While blood typing was once used as a tool in determining parentage, this method is completely inconclusive.
Even the most uncommon blood type is shared with at least 10% of the population, meaning millions of other men are just as likely to be the father.
It is inconclusive to use the process of elimination by blood type because it does not take natural mutation into account.  

How accurate are paternity tests?
These tests are extremely accurate. 
Using the advanced technology for paternity testing, if the DNA of an alleged father and child matches, the probability usually exceeds 99.96% that he is the biological father of the child. 
Should there be mismatches, the alleged father is 100% excluded from being the biological father.  There are no cases of a 20% chance of being the father. 
He is either conclusively shown to be the father, or he is excluded and shown to be 0%.

Where Do I Start?
Information Needed To Begin A DNA Test To begin your DNA test, contact us. When you contact us, please provide us with the following information as it will allow us to properly answer your questions:

1.  Tell us what type of DNA test you are requiring. 
For example:  paternity test (standard trio or motherless), grand paternity, etc.  If you are not sure which test would be best, give us a call and we can advise you. 
Check out "Our Services" page.

2.  Tell us whether you are the mother, alleged father, child, grandparent or guardian, etc.

3.  Are you needing the test for legal reasons such as child support issues or changing the name on a child's birth certificate (requiring a strict chain of custody)?  If so, is there a scheduled court date?  Is the test court ordered?  If so, the name of your attorney?  Or are the results solely for your personal use?

4.  Names of the parties to be tested.

5.  Age(s) of the child

6.  Name, address and telephone number of the person who is initiating the test.

7.  Names, addresses and telephone number(s) of the person(s) who are to receive results and/or reports.

8.  Who will be paying for the test?
9.  When would you like to schedule the test?
Once we receive your request for a DNA test, we will make arrangements for the testing to be done at a collection facility the nearest to you.  If you live in a different city or state from one of the other tested parties, we will coordinate setting up individual collections with hundreds of collection sites located in various cities and states, and even throughout the world. When the tested parties go for their testing, please bring with you the following:    

* A picture ID (driver's license, passport, or other form of identification so we can verify who you are).    
* Social security number for each party being tested.    
* Copy of birth certificate of the child (copy of crib card is acceptable for newborns)    
* Proof of custody or guardianship for child, if appropriate    
* Payment for services at the collection site.
Should you desire "at home" DNA testing, we can provide you with a self collection kit.  This is a convenient and discreet method if you are only needing the results for personal reasons.  You must be aware, however, that this method is not legally admissible should you need this at a later time for child custody, child support, estate issues, etc
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