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Attest DNA (a division of Attest Solution Experts) understands that the DNA process from collecting samples to getting results from the lab can seem complicated, so we are here to help. Below are answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions: 

We only partner with and utilize AABB accredited laboratories around the country to handle and process DNA samples that we collect.

Do I need a doctor’s order or a court order before a test can be done? 

Not in most cases, however, in New York a prescription from a doctor is required. 

How is a DNA sample collected? 

A local collector if available can come to you, or you have the option to go to a lab near your home. The actual collection of the DNA sample is done via a buccal (cheek) swab by rubbing it gently inside your cheek for about 10 seconds to get a good sample. You may have seen this process on TV. Afterwards, the swabs are placed in a special envelope and sent to the lab for testing.

How long do results take? 

Once DNA samples arrive at the laboratory, it typically takes the following turnaround times:

Paternity DNA Tests: about 2-5 business  days (Relationship testing: about 3 - 6 business  days)

Legal Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Tests: about 7 business  days

Informational Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity DNA Tests: about 21 business days

PeekaBoo Early Baby Gender Test: about 2 business days

Infidelity DNA Tests:  about 10 business days

Immigration DNA Tests: Varies by case

Does the mother of the child have to test?

No, however if the mother is available & willing, adding her DNA may be a good idea. Mothers who participate are guaranteed a copy of the test results. If you do not test, you do not receive a copy of the report. Our strict confidentiality policy allows us to release only to the tested parties, representative such as an attorney, or to the tested child's legal guardian(s).

What if the father is deceased or missing?

There are several options for deceased or missing alleged fathers:

1st: DNA testing of samples taken from the deceased, ( a spot card, stored blood, or a tissue sample from a coroners or medical examiner's office) This type of testing is legal and acceptable by social security. and the courts.

2nd: If there are no biological samples are available from the father, then a grandparentage test is considered, however most courts treat these results as indirect evidence of paternity, therefore non-legal due to the inability to obtain a "chain of custody" (father unavailable)

3rd: If grandparents are not both available then other family members may be tested to determine paternity through genetic reconstructions, siblingship test, and others.

Does the age of the child matter? 

No. We can even test a baby’s DNA even before he or she is born. or we can test newborns using umbilical cord blood, however the preferred method of testing is from a cheek swab, and that can be done as soon as the baby is born and is quick and painless. 

Is the test confidential? 

Yes, completely. Your results will only be sent to whomever you specify.

Can people live in different cities and still get DNA tests performed? 

Yes. With our large DNA Network of accredited labs, it will not be a problem to schedule a lab visit at a nearby collection facility. Once both parties have been swabbed, we’ll start the testing process.