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There’s been a lot in the news about how to do secret DNA tests. However, it is illegal in the UK to undertake a DNA test without the tested person’s consent. AlphaBiolabs prides itself on its in-house UK laboratory that can turnaround DNA testing results within a day. So, although we can’t undertake illegal testing, there are options for maintaining secrecy.

In the case of a home DNA paternity test, DNA samples will be required from the alleged father and child. Children under 16 years of age can’t give their own consent. However, an adult with parental responsibility can provide this consent. In addition, the mother doesn’t need to take part (as long as the man being tested has parental responsibility), and therefore, doesn’t need to be made aware of the test. It’s almost as if it is a secret paternity test!

To collect a DNA sample for a paternity test, a swab needs to be rubbed on the inside of a donor’s cheek. It is not an invasive procedure, but it could lead to awkward questions from older children. Our toothbrush and nail DNA tests are helpful in cases such as these as they allow for more discreet sampling. All you need to do is send in the child’s used toothbrush or collected nail clippings, and our in-house scientists will see if they can gain a DNA profile. If they can extract a DNA profile, a paternity test will be performed.

Secrecy guaranteed

AlphaBiolabs takes steps to maintain secrecy by ensuring that all letters and paternity testing kits are sent out in discreet plain packaging with no company logos or branding. In addition, online payment transactions do not name AlphaBiolabs as the recipient on bank statements. Such steps can help minimise any chance of the company name being recognised in any correspondence.

We also only discuss details of our DNA paternity testing with those who know the correct passwords or the answer to unique security questions. This password is picked by the person who instructs the test. All of our reports are sent as a pdf file that require this password to open them, so you can rest assured that this report can’t be opened by anyone else. All of our DNA paternity samples are destroyed after 3 months and all identification paperwork (hard copy and electronic files) are destroyed after 12 months.

Our DNA testing is 100% confidential and data security is paramount.

How to do a secret paternity test

To view all our secret DNA testing services, including toothbrush DNA testing and nail DNA testing, please call Customer Services on 0333 600 1300 or email us at