How Do You Get A Paternity Test?

procedure for find out who is the father
How Can I Get A Paternity Test?

First you need to decide if you want to determine paternity for curiosity sake or for legal reasons. The procedure (and cost!) is different.

Testing Because You Just Want To Know....

If you just want to satisfy your own curiosity then a home paternity testing kit will suffice. You can buy a kit online and they will post it out to you, or you can buy a kit in most large stores like Kmart and Walmart. Typically a kit will contain a set of cotton swabs (which look like Q-tips). You (the alleged father) rub a swab inside your cheek to collect a sample of cells. You do the same to the child. Once completed, you place the swabs in an envelope provided and post to the laboratory. You should receive your results by post, or by logging into the supplier's website within 7 days. While the results are accurate, they are not sufficient to stand up in a court of law. Why not? Because a Chain of Custody has to be established. See next section ...

Testing For Legal Purposes

If you would like to use the results of a paternity test in court, then you will need to physically go to a paternity testing clinic to do the test. While the test itself is the same (a cheek swab), you need to do it in the presence of a clinic employee who can testify that the sample is actually yours (so-called Chain of Custody). The child will also need to be bought to the clinic. Some clinics have centers across the United States, so if you don't live in the same state as the child, it doesn't matter. You can simply attend the nearest clinic to you. Obviously, as there is more organization and paper work involved, legal tests are considerably more expensive.

List Of Paternity Testing Clinics In The United States

The following is a list of clinics accredited by the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks). If you can't find a clinic in your area, contact any of the labs on the list and they will arrange for a sample collection near you.

City State Clinic Name Phone Number
Baltimore
Burlington
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbia
Dallas
Dayton
Fairfield
Ft. Worth
Glencoe
Hilton Head
Houston
Houston
Indianapolis
Las Cruces
Lewisville
Lombard
Los Angeles
New York
Ocean Springs
Oceanside
Oklahoma City
Phoenix
Portland
Providence
Richmond
Ridgewood
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
San Antonio
San Diego
Sparks
St. Paul
Tulsa
MD
NC
OH
OH
MO
TX
OH
OH
TX
MO
SC
TX
TX
IN
NM
TX
IL
CA
NY
MS
CA
OK
AZ
OR
RI
VA
NJ
UT
UT
TX
CA
NV
MN
OK
BRT Laboratories, Inc.
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings
Genetica DNA Laboratories Labcorp
Cuyahoga Cty Reg. Forensic Sci. Lab.
Paternity Testing Corporation
Cellmark Forensics
Orchid Cellmark
DDC/DNA Diagnostics Center
University of North Texas
Genetic Technologies, Inc.
IntelliGenetics, LLC
Center For Medical Genetics-Dad Test
Genealogy By Genetics DBA DNA Findings
Indiana Blood Center
Genetic Testing Laboratory/NMSU
Bio Synthesis, Inc.
Independent Forensics of Illinois
Advanced Immigration Genetics
Advanced Genetics
Legal Genetics, Inc.
Andergene Labs
DNA Solutions, Inc.
Chromosomal Labs Bode Technology
American Red Cross Blood Services
Rhode Island Blood Center
Fairfax Identity Laboratories
Clinical Testing and Research, Inc.
Affiliated Genetics
Sorenson Genomics-Identigene
DNA Reference Laboratory
Genetic Profiles Corp.
GenQuest - University of Nevada
Memorial Blood Centers
Oklahoma State University Human Identity Testing
1 (410) 225-9595
1 (877) 370-1129
1 (800) 433-6848
1 (216) 698-4271
1 (888) 837-8323
1 (800) 362-8378
1 (877) 370-1129
1 (800) 310-9742
1 (800) 687-5301
1 (877) 451-4363
1 (843) 686-4455
1 (713) 790-1990
1 (832) 381-5410
1 (800) 632-4722
1 (575) 646-3465
1 (800) 362-3926
1 (866) 434-2400
1 (888) 362-5228
1 (212) 392-4282
1 (800) 362-4363
1 (877) 899-5700
1 (405) 271-6033
1 (855) 436-0100
1 (800) 922-3998
1 (401) 453-8353
1 (800) 234-2528
1 (888) 837-5267
1 (800) 362-5559
1 (888) 404-4363
1 (210) 692-3800
1 (800) 551-7763
1 (877) 362-5227
1 (800) 982-9134
1 (800) 299-7919

Interesting Facts

About 4 percent of fathers, without their knowledge, are raising a child that is not their own.
In 1999 the American Association of Blood Banks carried out a study and found in 30 percent of paternity tests the man tested turned out not to be the biological father.
For more see ... paternity testing research.

Related Questions
Can a paternity test be done without the father?
How much does a paternity test cost?
How accurate is a home paternity test?

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