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Frequently Asked Questions – Texas DNA: Paternity Testing

Frequently Asked Questions

We are eager and happy to answer any questions you may have regarding paternity testing. If you do not find the information you need here or elsewhere in this site, please do not hesitate to call one of our offices.

Is the mother always tested?

No, but if she is, the paternity test may take less time and provide for a higher level of certainty. When the mother participates we are able to subtract her contribution to the child’s DNA pattern before comparison to the potential father’s pattern.

How long does DNA testing take?

Paternity testing reports are typically provided 4-5 days following receipt of the samples. Rush testing in one to three days is available at additional cost.

Do I need a doctor’s or lawyer’s order for a paternity test?

Not a all. In fact, most of our clients order paternity testing directly from the site. Keep in mind that for the fully accredited version of the test, a legal guardian must sign for any minor children. If you want us to communicate with any involved relatives, doctors, or attorneys, you must authorize us to do so.

How are paternity testing samples collected?

All samples are taken with cheek (buccal) swabs. A painless and quick way to get cells from which to extract your DNA.

Does the child have to be a certain age to have a DNA paternity test?

No. There is no minimum age requirement for the child’s portion of the test. Samples are taken with a non-invasive cheek (buccal) swab.

What types of parentage testing do you offer?

We offer a broad range of paternity and DNA identity tests.

Non-Legal Parentage Testing – When testing is for peace of mind and results will not be used in court. See our comparison chart to learn if this will work for you.

Fully Accredited Parentage Testing – When results are needed for legal purposes.

Grand Paternity Testing – Called for when the father is unavailable. It is a straightforward paternity test when both of his parents are available for testing and there is no doubt as to his parentage.

Twin Zygosity Testing – Available to determine whether twins are identical or fraternal.

What about confidentiality?

Information of any kind regarding a case will not be released to anyone other than the tested parties and their named representatives without written order.

How will I receive my results?

First, a phone call from your DNA Counselor will be made to share the results with you over the phone. (So that you don not have to wait for the US Mail.) Then, reports are mailed to all tested adults and their designated representatives. Reports can be sent by fax or e-mail if requested. The report is a confidential, notarized legal document that has a scientific description of the genetic patterns.

How much does it cost?

Please refer to our Services and Pricing area for a full listing of PeopleScreen service offerings and related pricing.

Appointments Available 7 Days A Week In Most Areas!

Texas DNA may also be able to send a nurse directly to your home or to your attorney's office for collection if you prefer.