Relationship DNA Testing
DNA testing in general may conjure up thoughts of trashy daytime talk shows or rare immigration stories, but in actuality it’s a very, very common need many people face. At Test Smartly Labs, we’ve seen and heard nearly every reason under the sun as to why someone needs a DNA test. If you need a safe, non-judgmental place to get fast, reliable answers, we’re here.
When Would You Need a Relationship DNA Test?
Relationship DNA tests most often deal with families, and all of the confusions that can come with them. Here are some of the most common reasons people need our help with DNA testing in their families:
- Prove or disprove someone is the father (paternity testing) or mother (maternity testing)
- Prove or disprove someone is the father/mother or prove a biological relationship with a child by testing grandparents (grandparentage testing)
- Determine if two individuals are full or half siblings (siblingship testing)
- Check if twins are fraternal or identical (twin zygosity test)
Whether you need DNA testing for issues of custody, child support, inheritance, name change, general information, and/or peace of mind, we can help.
How Many People Need To Be Tested To Prove A Family Relationship?
All DNA tests will require samples from at least two people in order to be performed, but oftentimes adding more people in the biological family tree can help with the accuracy of results.
Because genes have variants (called alleles), they can be expressed differently from person to person. DNA testing looks for “matches” within the samples offered – so the more people willing to offer a sample, the more accurate the matching process will be.
If you need a DNA test, please don’t hesitate to contact Test Smartly Labs
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Legal vs. Non-Legal DNA Tests
Non-legal DNA testing may be preferred if you need to collect the DNA samples privately or anonymously.
Legal DNA testing is done when the test results will be used for reasons in addition to peace of mind or general family knowledge. In issues of inheritance, taxes, adoption or custody, results need to follow chain-of-custody procedures in order for them to be used as evidence in legal documents.
This involves a certain procedure for the collection and a witness not involved with the family. Oftentimes special documentation for both the collection, processing and results is required. There are several benefits to getting a legal test that follows the chain of custody done.
At Test Smartly Labs, we’re an accredited lab by the AABB and follow proper procedures to ensure the results can be used for any situation you need.
Immigration DNA Testing
Immigration DNA testing can play a significant role when someone’s trying to get a visa application to go through and enter the U.S. – especially if you need to prove biological relationships.
At Test Smartly Labs, we work with AABB-accredited labs for immigration DNA testing to make sure the DNA test results can be used as part of the Department of State’s visa review process. Learn more about immigration DNA testing.
Be prepared for your DNA or Paternity Test!
- Bring Government Issued ID
- Bring Birth Certificate for Child. If none, bring a social security card, insurance card, or something else to help support identification.
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Provide Authorizations to Receive Results
- Most DNA will require a Buccal Swab specimen from the mouth
- Prenatal DNA will require a Blood Draw so you will want to by hydrated
- Be prepared to have a photo taken of all parties being tested.
- Do not eat anything (particularly meat, vegetables and breast milk for infants) for an hour before arriving.
- You do not have to arrive together or go to the same Test Smartly Labs Testing Center but do coordinate plans with all parties being tested.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.