Paternity DNA Test

What is a Paternity DNA Test?

A paternity DNA test is a test that can be used to determine the biological father of a child. The test compares the child’s DNA with the DNA of the potential father to see if there is a match. Paternity DNA tests are highly accurate. A paternity DNA test can provide answers and bring clarity to any questions surrounding parentage and can also be used as evidence in a court of law for any dispute.


Why Might Someone Need a Paternity DNA Test?

If you are unsure about who the father of your child is, you might need to take a paternity DNA test. This test can be done through a simple cheek swab and can give you peace of mind about your child's paternity. Paternity DNA tests are also often used in child support and custody cases. If there is any doubt about who the father is, a paternity DNA test can confirm or disprove paternity.


How Does Paternity DNA Testing Work?

To put it simply, paternity DNA testing works by comparing the child’s DNA with the potential father’s DNA. If they match, then it is proven that the man is the child’s father. If they do not match, then he is not the father. It is that simple. Paternity DNA testing can be done in two different ways. The first way is through a blood test. However, nowadays there is a second way to test for paternity and that is through a mouth swab which is equally accurate.


Benefits of Paternity DNA Testing

There are many benefits of paternity DNA testing. DNA testing can confirm or deny paternity, which can have important implications for child support and custody cases. In addition, DNA testing can provide peace of mind to fathers who are unsure if they are the biological father of a child. Paternity DNA testing can also be used to determine medical conditions that may be passed down from one generation to the next.


How to Get a Paternity DNA Test

If you are looking to get a paternity DNA test, there are a few things you need to do. First, you need to book an appointment at the Forensic Genetics Laboratory. If you opt for in-home sample collection, you will need to gather a sample from the child and the alleged father. The most common way to do this is through a buccal swab, which collects DNA from the inside of the cheek. This sample can then be sent to the lab for testing. The result will be delivered within 3 to 5 business days.


*This test is for personal use and is not admissible in court. Please see our ‘Legal DNA Test’ for court use. 

If you would like to collect additional forensic samples, visit our instruction page for cheek swabs and hair samples collection.

$199 (for 2 individuals, +$99 for each additional individual)

*Additional fees for alternative samples

*All prices are subject to HST for Canadian residents.


Results are completed in 5 business days. An expedited, 3 business day service, is available for an additional $50 charge (due when samples are received.) We test 16 STR markers presented with numeric values and provide a combined relatedness index and probability of percent relatedness on your report. The results guarantee minimum probabilities in excess of 99.9% for inclusion of paternity and 100% for exclusion. You may choose to receive results by any number of methods including e-mail, mail, and by phone. We always give you the option of password protecting your case!

To book an appointment or receive a free consultation, please contact us by phone at 1-866-362-0577 or by e-mail using the contact form on our contact page.