Home DNA Sample Collection Kit

Our Home DNA Paternity Test is designed to give you peace of mind that you are or are not related to a child where the paternity of that child is in question.

Its Official – We provide the best home DNA paternity testing in the UK

We always knew that we provided the best home DNA paternity testing service in the UK, but now after six months at number one as the best value, most accurate and fastest paternity testing services on DNAtestingchoice.com we can safely say that AlphaBiolabs provides the most accurate home DNA paternity tests to our clients.

Why a Home DNA Sample Collection Kit?

    • Find out the parentage of a child
    • We test the Mother, Child & Alleged Father for one price
    • Take your paternity test at your home at your leisure
    • Get your test results the next working day
    • 100% accurate and confidential testing service
    • Our laboratory processes are UKAS accredited (Laboratory number 2773)*
    • UK based laboratory and help desk
    • All test collection kits sent to your home using discreet packaging with simple instructions
    • AlphaBiolabs is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No 2773
    • We are fully accredited for paternity testing using 24 markers, utilising the very latest DNA technology to ensure the reliability and accuracy of our genetic testing
    • We are the most trusted laboratory by solicitors in the UK for paternity testing
    • TV shows such as The Jeremy Kyle show and media companies trust us for their DNA testing
    • We employ the very latest DNA technology to ensure our genetic testing is first class
    • We test all our negative results twice

Don’t be fooled by cheaper sub-standard home paternity tests.

We go to great lengths to achieve United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation for our DNA paternity testing, the strictest form of accreditation in our industry. AlphaBiolabs is ISO 17025* accredited meaning that you can have confidence in our paternity test results as our own testing laboratory has been independently assessed and passed by industry experts from (UKAS)*.

Home DNA Paternity Test FAQ’s

If you have any questions regarding the most advanced home DNA paternity test in the UK then please feel free to call us on: 0333 600 1300 to speak to one of our paternity testing experts or alternatively please browse some of the questions we are asked on a regular basis below.

How does your home DNA paternity test work?

Our home paternity testing works by comparing a child’s DNA profile with that of an alleged father (and often the mother as well). Because a child inherits half of his or her DNA from each biological parent, such a comparison reveals whether the child may have inherited DNA from the alleged father who is being tested. We prefer to have a sample taken from the mother of a child, but we can test without this.

When AlphaBiolabs carried out a paternity test we use the very latest, most advanced technology available.
A child is born with half of the genetic footprint of it’s mother and half from it’s father. When analysing a genetic footprint we look for individual points in the sequence which we call markers. We use 24 markers to determine paternity while most laboratory’s use 16, so we can be sure that we have a more accurate result.


In DNA test example (A.) you can see that the child’s DNA footprint is made up from half the mother and half the potential father.
In DNA test example (B.) you can see that the potential father dose not share any markers with the child and is therefore excluded from paternity. (i.e. he cannot be the father).

Can you send a paternity kit to different addresses?

Yes we can send the paternity testing kits to different addresses. When you purchase, at the basket stage in the notes section please explain that you would like us to do this and include the second or third address.

Can this type of paternity test be used in court or for the CSA?

No – You cannot use this type of DNA paternity test for the CSA (Child support agency) or in any court of law. As you take the samples yourself and there is no independent third party involved or a chain of custody on the samples this test will no be accepted in a UK court. You will need a legal DNA test for this.

How to take a home DNA paternity test?

Once you have purchased and receive your paternity testing kit, there are just four simple steps you need to follow to receive your results. All the information you need with simple step by step instructions is included in our paternity kit.

  1. Complete and sign all documentation provided. Included with the kit are consent forms, which must be signed and sent back to AlphaBiolabs with the DNA samples.
  2. Rub the inside of the left cheek 20 times using the swab provided and place in colour coded labelled envelope; repeat on right cheek using second swab.
  3. Place all swab envelopes and completed form in the large envelope and post back to AlphaBiolabs using the correct postage.
  4. Receive your results the next working day by email


The below video is a quick video by us telling you how to take your home paternity test DNA samples and what you need to do to get a DNA sample back to us for DNA testing.

What’s included in our home DNA paternity test sample collection kit

Please be careful when opening the packaging so as not to damage the DNA testing swabs. Our DNA paternity collection kit contains enough collection swabs to test one child, one mother and one alleged father.

In our kit you receive:

  • DNA Peace of mind paternity testing request form
  • Personal details and DNA test consent from
  • Full instructions on how to take the and return the samples back to us
  • A self addressed envelope to enable you to send your DNA samples back to us
  • x3 DNA sample collection swab packages containing x2 swabs in each package
  • Individual sample envelopes for the mother, child and alleged father

When you receive your paternity testing kit please read all the information enclosed carefully and follow the sample collection instructions in section 4.

Please note that we cannot start the paternity testing process until all the consent forms are signed by ALL parties involved.

Do you have Parental Responsibility?

In the past parental responsibility has always been granted to the mother of a child, as it is she who is automatically granted Parental Responsibility upon the child’s birth.

If the mother is married to the father, he also has automatic Parental Responsibility and even if the mother and father were married once but have since divorced, the father is still granted automatic Parental Responsibility.

If however, the couple has never been married, the father has been given no parental rights or responsibilities. Parental Responsibility is very important because without it, since September 2006 it is against the law to conduct a paternity test unless you have parental responsibility.

If the baby was born before November 2003, in order to gain Parental Responsibility the father has had to register a document that has been signed by the mother granting Parental Responsibility, obtaining a court order that would require a hearing regarding the request for Parental Responsibility, or later marrying the mother of the child. Learn more here.

Now it is easy to gain this same parental right by:

  • Registering on the birth certificate of the child together with the mother
  • Obtaining a Residence Order for the child, which was previously known as Custody
  • Or by getting a court order

Once Parental Responsibility has been applied for, both parties will appear in court and a judge will hear from all sides.

If the Parental Responsibility Order is denied in court, an appeal can always be made and generally, the appeals are quite successful.

We cannot perform a either legal or peace of mind Paternity Test unless all the form enclosed in the kit are signed by all parties with parental responsibility.

How much will the home DNA paternity test cost in total?

The price for a peace of mind paternity test is currently £99 for a test with your results taking three working days or £149 for a test with next day results.

A legal paternity test cost a little more – please see our legal paternity Testing page here.

How long dose it take to get your home DNA test results?

The paternity test kit is sent out the same day as you order is as long as you order your kit before 2pm, once we receive the DNA samples back into our laboratory you will be emailed your results the next working day by close of business. We send our results out from 4pm onwards on that day.

Do you need the mothers DNA sample for a home paternity test?

It is it not necessary for the mother to provide a DNA sample. We can perform the paternity test without the mothers sample however it is not something we recommend as half of the child’s DNA is shared with the mother. This means when we perform a paternity test without the mothers sample you do run the risk of obtaining an inconclusive result if we come across an anomaly such as a mutated allele, in this case we would require the mothers sample anyway which would cause delays in the process.

Can you send the home DNA sample collection kit to more than one address?

Yes, we can send our home DNA sample collection kits to two address. If you wish the kits to be sent to more than two addresses there is an additional fee of £12.00 per address. This covers the admin & postal costs.

Can more than one person receive the paternity results?

Whoever instructs us to perform the has full control of who the paternity testing results are sent to. We also password protect all of our cases and the file you receive from us containing the results, so only you can have access to any of the information at any time. However by law, anybody who takes part in the paternity testing does have right to receive a copy of the results in writing (email). So if we are asked by a member of the tested party for a copy of the results we have duty to send them to them without the instructing parties consent.

Can I receive a paper copy of the paternity test results through the post?

Yes you can although there is an additional fee of £30.00 to obtain the hard copy and technical data in the post. This covers the admin involved, printing cost and postal fees.


Free DNA testing Support Service

We take our paternity testing service very seriously and know that this test may affect the relationships with people around you. The fatherhood of any child is a very serious matter, which is why we offer a support, help and advice line. Our trained support staff can answer all of your paternity testing questions and guide you to the appropriate body to help you at this difficult time. Call: 0333 600 1300 if you have any paternity related questions, or view our paternity test FAQ (frequently asked questions) page.

Need a Legal Paternity Test ?

We specialise in Legal DNA paternity testing and have helped with paternity resolution in thousands of legal cases brought before UK courts every year.

If you require a legal please call our expert support staff on: 0333 600 1300 or register your case online.

Note: AlphaBiolabs conforms to the consent and use of DNA criteria set out by the Human Tissue Authority.

AlphaBiolabs is accredited to ISO 17025* quality standards which are required to perform DNA paternity testing services. AlphaBiolabs has been accredited by the Ministry of Justice as a body that may carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969.
*Please note: Our sample collection service is not included in our scope of accreditation.