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Home vs. Legal Test What is the difference between a home (self collection) and legal (court admissible) DNA test? Read more
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Home vs. Legal Test

What is the difference between a home (self collection) and legal (court admissible) DNA test?

Should I purchase the formal court admissible DNA test, or will the self collection (home) DNA paternity test kit work for me?

What if I do the less expensive self collection kit,
and then find that I need the court admissible DNA Test after all?
DNA Testing Centre now offers an unprecedented solution to this common dilemma. Once you purchase our home DNA test kit to establish paternity, then later discover you must establish the “chain of custody” as required by the court,  DNA Testing Centre will then apply 100% of the previously paid cost of our home DNA test to the cost of your new court admissible paternity test, valid for two years after completion of your self collection test.  There are a few restrictions which apply as shown below.
  • Testing will only apply to the parties tested in the originally purchased home DNA test kit.
  • Special sample extraction tests (CVS, amniotic fluid, chewed gum, FTA card, cigarette butts, etc.) cannot not applied to the cost of the court admissible test.
  • Any abnormal shipping fees (such as FedEx “first overnight” or Saturday delivery) of the home DNA test kit is not applied to the purchase of a court admissible DNA test. Normal shipping fees are applied to the legal test cost.
  • No stat testing fees will be applied to the cost of the court admissible test.
  • A home test cannot be upgraded to a legal test for US immigration.
Home vs. Legal Test Kits
Legal – Chain of Custody – Results of our formal DNA tests are guaranteed to be admissible any U.S. court of law due to the verified “chain of custody” and because the lab is AABB accredited.  The chain of custody refers to the various chain of “hands” that the individual sample passes through. A legal chain of custody requires the samples to be collected in the presence of a third neutral party at a lab or hospital facility where all parties are photographed to verify their identity.   ORDER NOW!
Home – Self Collected – Results from self collected DNA tests are normally not admissible in a court of law due to the lack of the “chain of custody”.  The chain of custody refers to the various chain of “hands” that the individual sample passes through. A legal chain of custody requires the samples to be collected in the presence of a third neutral party at a lab or hospital facility where all parties are photographed to verify their identity.  If you need a court admissible test after completing a home test, we will apply the purchase price of your test to your court admissible test (see details).

You can still provide the results of a self collected DNA test to your attorney or Judge and they may accept the results if the outcome of the test is not being disputed.  The results of a self collected test or a test without a valid chain of custody will have the following similar disclaimer (varies from lab to lab).  “Paternity screening test results cannot be used in a court of law”
Many customers use the results from a home test (self collection) for a birth certificate change, social security benefits, or to resolve a legal issue.  If the outcome of a home test is disputed, a formal legal test will be required.

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