Legal DNA Testing
For a DNA test to be used in a legal situation, it must be a court-approved DNA test. This can also be called “court admissible,” a “chain of custody paternity test,” or a “legal DNA test” This means a professional DNA collector or lab technician is required to document every step of the process and must sign off on the integrity and identity of each donor and specimen.
A court-approved DNA test can either be court ordered or as an individual test – request the test and follow a certain process that would ensure the test results could be used for legal purposes.
What does chain-of-custody mean?
With paternity testing, chain-of-custody is a thorough documentation of the collection, packaging, transport, receipt, and analysis of test samples. This includes the identity of the person(s) performing each step, the date, and the location that each step was completed, which ensures traceability of every part of the testing process.
What goes into a court admissible DNA test?
For a DNA test to be successfully used in court, it must follow the chain-of-custody procedures. Here’s what that means:
We will take a copy of your driver’s license or other approved form of identity verification before collecting your sample. This must be done for every person involved.
Witness And Collector
The witness must not be related to or connected with any family members involved. This is most often also the sample collector, who swabs the inside of your cheek for the DNA sample. You cannot provide the sample yourself for it to be considered “court admissible,” a collector must be involved.
Process of Analyzing
We follow the proper procedures and paperwork to make sure the sample travels a specific path – ensuring nothing tampered with the outcome, and the sample was protected and recorded every step of the way. We also deliver notarized results exactly as they’re needed, and to who needs them, so they can hold up in any legal situation.
Why Would Someone Need a Legal DNA Test?
Some of the most common reasons for needing a legal DNA paternity test include:
- Child support
- Birth certificate (name verification or change)
- Ordered by a court
- Child custody
- Tax purposes (IRS may request DNA verification)
- Adoption (legal verification of biological parents)
- Will or estate (confirmation of rightful biological heirs)
There are many benefits of legal DNA testing. To get started, contact us today!