Home Paternity Test
homeDNAdirect UK offers you a reliable, 21 genetic marker home paternity test that is highly accurate, affordable and accredited for your complete peace of mind.
A paternity test is the most advanced and accurate method available for confirming whether an alleged father is in fact the biological father. At homeDNAdirect we can offer you testing which can be done from the comfort of your own home through the DNA sample collection kit you will receive once you order the test. We can provide paternity testing in Glasgow, Leeds, Kent, Liverpool, Manchester or London.
Price of a home DNA paternity test
The home DNA paternity test is priced at only £99 for testing alleged father and 1 child – there are NO EXTRA FEES. The cost includes the sample collection kit, the DNA analysis and the paternity test result. All tests are carried out on a 21 genetic marker basis. Results are available within 3-5 working days from the receipt of the samples at the laboratory.
Alternative samples to sending an oral swab (such as hair, semen, blood or a toothbrush) can also be provided for a paternity test when one of the parties to be tested is not readily available for swabbing or is deceased. A list of non-standard samples is listed in our forensic DNA samples section.
Note: We can only guarantee standard result turnaround time when testing takes place solely using oral swab samples. Using a discreet sample for your test may lead to an increase in turnaround time.
Do I need to test the mother?
A paternity test can be carried out with the samples of the alleged father and child only although inclusion of the mother’s sample, when available, is recommended. Many clients wonder why we suggest testing the mother’s sample in a paternity test; they wonder why a test that seeks to determine the biological relationship between father and child would require the mother’s sample. In fact, having the mother’s DNA sample allows us the exclude the mother’s side of genetic inheritance from the child profile. We can therefore compare just the profile of the alleged father and child.
The statistical analysis involves determining how likely the father tested is the true father of the child as opposed to any other random man in his same ethnic group. Should the father be the true biological father of the child we will show an inclusion of 99.99% if the mother’s sample is included. If the paternity DNA test is motherless, then the probability of paternity will be of 99.9%. We can see that having the sample of the mother will provide you with a more accurate result.
DNA testing and the Human Tissue Act
Please note that it is an offence under section 45 of the Human Tissue Act to have any bodily material with intent to analyse the DNA in it without qualifying consent, subject to certain exceptions. In order to send a sample for analysis, the person or donor of that sample must give their consent in writing in order for us to test their sample. Furthermore, in order to be fully compliant with the Human Tissue Act, the donor of the sample must also be made aware of how their DNA sample will be used. Failure to comply with the Human Tissue Act is a criminal offence.
How does a home paternity test work?
A child inherits half of their DNA from the biological mother and half their DNA from the biological father. The scientists in our partnered laboratories analyse 20 loci on your DNA and on the DNA of the child to conclude the paternity test. A locus is essentially a location on the DNA molecule. They compare the 20 loci between the alleged father and child’s genetic profile. If the man tested is the child’s biological father, then they will share all 20 genetic markers. If there are loci which do not match then the report will show that paternity is excluded. For more detailed information on the paternity testing method visit our page on interpreting a DNA test result.
Note that the NHS does not offer free paternity DNA testing.
Proceed with one of the below options to either discuss your case with us or to view our at home paternity tests order page including the prices. To learn more about the different paternity testing options that we offer visit our DNA paternity services introduction page.