What is the difference between a peace of mind test and a legal test?

In terms of how samples are analysed once in the laboratory there is no difference between a legal test and a home test. The samples are also analysed in the same laboratory using the exact same equipment and the accuracy of the result of a legal DNA test is the same as that of a standard paternity test. However, in a legal DNA test, the results must adhere to a strict set of rules which are collectively referred to as a ‘chain of custody’. The chain of custody, explained in some more detail below, ensures the validity of the DNA test.

How must I proceed?

Once you have placed your order, you will need to provide us with the address of your chosen sampler. We will then send the kit directly to them and send out an email confirming the kit has been dispatched. You will need to organise an appointment with your sampler in order for them to collect your samples and send them to us for testing. We will send you another email once we receive your samples to inform you of your due date.

What is the chain of custody?

The chain of custody is a process that must be followed that ensures all samples are collected by a neutral third party and that no one attempts to cheat or exchange swabs.

The sampler: The DNA samples in a legal paternity test are taken by a doctor or qualified nurse, referred to as the sampler. He or she is also responsible for placing the swabs in the designated envelopes and sending them back for testing. The sampler verifies the samples and makes sure that at no stage does the client come into contact with the DNA samples.

Identification of parties involved: All participants in the test must provide two passport sized photos displaying a full face with no hair or hats covering any part of the face.

FAQs

What type if identification must I provide?

Identity must be provided for sampling by showing tangible identification which can include any of the following: Passport, Full Drivers License, Armed Forces ID card, Pass card issued by a Government Department or other photo ID. Certified copy of birth certificate for children tested. Identification will further ensure the genuine identity of the people involved. Moreover, take a photocopy of your chosen identification and sign and date the back.

Once you have ordered your legal paternity test, we will dispatch your kit within 2 working days. The kit contains all the necessary for the test; submission forms, instructions and swabbing kit.

What is the cost of a legal test?

The price of the legal DNA test is £289

How are results sent?

Results will be sent to you by email.

Are there any additional fees?

The price does not include the fee of the doctor chosen to take your samples.

For what tests do you offer a legal testing service?

Legal DNA testing is done for both our relationship DNA testing and paternity DNA testing services. We will further advise you on your specific case. Please note that the NHS does not provide free DNA paternity testing.


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