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What is the cost of a paternity test? What type of test do I need? Can I pay extra for faster results? We answer these questions and more in our latest expert guide…

What is the cost of a paternity test?

AlphaBiolabs is an award-winning, UKAS-accredited testing laboratory that offers peace of mind DNA paternity testing from as little cost as £99 for next day results. Same day paternity results can also be made available for only an extra £70.

The paternity test works by analysing DNA within samples provided by the child, the alleged father, and mother, if available. Specific DNA markers are investigated in each sample to identify which half of the child’s DNA is inherited from the father and which half is from the mother. If the man is indeed the biological father, both child and father will share identical sections of DNA at each marker. There will be differences in the DNA if the tested man is not the biological father.

Which type of paternity test do you need?

There are two types of DNA paternity tests available: Peace of Mind and Legal.

Peace of Mind paternity testing kits can be easily acquired online or bought from local High Street stores. Full instructions tell you how to collect your DNA samples (cheek cells) using the swabs provided in the kits. The samples are then returned to the laboratory for analysis, with results available the same or next day.

Legal DNA tests are needed to stand as evidence in court. These types of tests are also needed to change the name on a birth certificate and for child custody issues. Strict chain of custody conditions need to be followed for the sample collection. This means that a trained sample collector or medical professional would need to collect your DNA samples and send them securely back to the laboratory for testing. Legal DNA samples can also be collected for free at AlphaBiolabs’ nationwide Walk in Centres.

Beware ‘cheap’ paternity testing

It can be misleading if testing companies advertise paternity testing kits for free or at very cheap prices. The catch is that you’ll need to then pay a high fee to get your samples processed. At AlphaBiolabs the total price of £99 for a peace of mind paternity test includes the processing fee for next day results as standard.

Unfortunately, paternity testing is not available on the NHS. The NHS advises that customers use government-accredited testing laboratories, such as AlphaBiolabs [1]. That way you can be sure of getting a high-quality service. Professional testing companies will be UKAS accredited, which means they have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence and performance capability.

Further details on AlphaBiolabs’ paternity testing services can be accessed at our Frequently Asked Questions page. Alternatively, please call our Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com


[1] https://www.gov.uk/get-dna-test