What is a legal DNA paternity test?
For a DNA test to be valid in court, a strict chain of custody must be maintained by the testing company.
An AlphaBiolabs legal paternity DNA test follows this legal chain of custody procedure and monitors all DNA test samples using the very latest technology, so we can report instantly on where the DNA samples are at any stage of the testing process.
Who might need a legal paternity DNA test?
There are many reasons why someone might need a legal paternity DNA test.
Some of the most common reasons include:
- For CMS purposes
- Changing a birth certificate
- Settling inheritance disputes
- Solving legal parentage issues
Up to 45 DNA markers analysed – double the industry standard
Court-approved legal DNA tests
AlphaBiolabs specialises in legal DNA testing. We have worked with solicitors and local authorities for almost 20 years to build a service designed for their needs, and are now able to offer the same court-approved legal DNA service direct to members of the public.
And although we provide the fastest legal DNA test available, this does not mean that we compromise on the quality of the testing.
Our legal DNA testing follows strict procedures to maintain chain of custody, which means that our results are admissible to UK courts and are accepted by:
- Family law courts
- The Ministry of Justice
- The Child Support Agency
- The UK Visas and Immigration Service
- The Home Office
We are also a UKAS-accredited testing laboratory (No. 2773) to the quality technical standard of ISO 17025, and are certified to ISO 9001.
We go to great lengths to ensure that our legal DNA testing processes are the best available, which is why you can be sure if you take a legal paternity DNA test with AlphaBiolabs you will get the fastest, most accurate legal DNA testing available.
We’ve made it easier than ever to spread the cost of your legal DNA test using our interest-free payment options.
Simply choose PayPal at checkout to pay in 3 interest-free instalments, or call us on 0333 600 1300 to apply for our 6-month interest free credit option.
Over ONE MILLION genetic tests performed since 2004
Legal DNA sample collection
We have a UK-wide network of professional sample collectors available to take your DNA samples.
Our fully-trained sample collectors can collect DNA samples from any of our nationwide walk-in centres or from an address of your choice, while observing strict chain of custody conditions.
Why choose AlphaBiolabs for your legal paternity DNA testing?
Here are just a few reasons to choose AlphaBiolabs for your legal paternity DNA test:
- Next-day results as standard
- Ministry of Justice approved and accepted by UK courts
- Award-winning UKAS 17025 accredited laboratory
- Only a simple cheek swab required – can even be done on new-born babies
- Convenient sample collection at your chosen location
- Up to 45 DNA markers (loci) analysed – double the industry standard
- 100% accurate
- All tests performed at our UK laboratory – so your samples won’t be sent abroad
- We are approved to carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under Section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969
- You can spread the cost with 6 months’ interest-free credit, or pay in 3 interest-free instalments with PayPal
- Over ONE MILLION genetic tests performed since 2004
All testing performed at our award-winning UK laboratory
Frequently Asked Questions
A ‘peace of mind’ DNA test means that the test can be self-administered at home using one of our kits that we will send to an address of your choice, in discreet, plain packaging.
It can be used for your own knowledge and peace of mind, but as the samples will have been collected by you (self-administered), the results of the DNA test cannot be used in legal proceedings.
It is still a 100% accurate and reliable form of DNA testing, and if you only need it for your own knowledge, then it is a more affordable solution then a legal DNA test.
A legal and ‘court-approved’ DNA test is a test that can be used in legal cases.
The difference here is that the DNA samples are collected by a third party under strict chain of custody conditions. In these circumstances, a trained sample collector will ensure the DNA samples are collected from the right people, that the correct consent is obtained, and that the DNA samples are safely transported back to the laboratory to prevent the possibility of tampering.
If you require a DNA test for your own personal knowledge only, you can order a peace of mind DNA test online now.
Our standard legal paternity test is already industry-leading, as it analyses 25 DNA markers (the industry standard only analyses 16-21 markers).
What makes AlphaBiolabs unique is that we can also analyse up to 45 DNA markers. This allows more genetic material to be analysed, which strengthens the result and provides additional reassurance.
This is ideal for customers who want the most powerful DNA test available.
It is also particularly useful:
- Where a close male relative may be the biological father of the child
- In cases that do not include the mother’s sample
- Simply where additional reassurance of a result is preferred
You can order a legal DNA test online now for just £299 with results the next working day or for £419 with same-day results.*
The cost of the test includes all fees for laboratory testing and analysis.
There are additional costs for the sample collection and if more than two people are being tested to establish a biological relationship. These are detailed on the order page.
*Working days from when the samples arrive at our laboratory before 10am
The DNA samples are obtained using cheek (buccal) swabs which are rubbed gently and painlessly on the inside of each donor’s cheek to collect cheek (buccal) cells.
For a legal DNA test, the samples must be collected by a third party under strict chain of custody conditions. In these circumstances, a trained sample collector will ensure the DNA samples are collected from the right people, that the correct consent is obtained, and that the DNA samples are safely transported back to the laboratory to prevent the possibility of tampering.
Once you have placed you order, we will contact you to arrange the sample collection. Our professional sample collectors can collect DNA samples from any of our nationwide walk-in centres or from an address of your choice, while observing strict chain of custody conditions.
- Every test participant must have 2 passport-sized photos. The photos must be clear, in colour and show the entire face, unobstructed by hair, hats, sunglasses or anything else that can make identification difficult. The sample collector will need to endorse these photos.
- Each test participant must also provide a form of identification that is recognised under UK law, such as a birth certificate, passport, driving licence etc.
- The sample collector will have the legal DNA test kit, which will include the necessary consent forms for each test participant to sign.
Once the DNA samples arrive at our laboratory, testing can begin, and your secure, password-protected results will be emailed to you the next working day.*
All DNA test results are emailed out from 4:30pm each day.
*Working days from when the samples arrive at our laboratory before 10am
A legal DNA test can be performed at any time on a person of any age, including new-born babies and grown-up children/adults.
There is no minimum age requirement, and the procedure for collecting the DNA samples is totally painless. The DNA samples are collected using a simple cheek (buccal) swab, which is rubbed gently and painlessly on the inside of the cheek to collect cheek (buccal) cells.
Consent is crucial in legal DNA testing, regardless of the age of the participants. Any person aged 16 or over must provide their own consent (a signature) for their DNA samples to be used in testing.
For children under the age of 16, consent must be provided on their behalf by a parent or guardian with parental responsibility for the child.
Legal DNA testing can be an extremely emotional time, and most of our customers do not want other people to know that they are undertaking such tests.
That’s why we go to great lengths to ensure 100% privacy and confidentiality for our customers, from the moment you place your order, to the delivery of your results in a secure way.
Steps we take to ensure confidentiality throughout the testing process include:
- Sending your secure, password-protected results direct to the email address you provide when placing your order
- Keeping all correspondence confidential. For example, online payment transactions do NOT name AlphaBiolabs as the recipient on bank statements
- Limiting access to your personal data to those people who have a business need to know
- Protecting your data from being disclosed in an unauthorised way, by using a secure server for financial transactions on our website
- Adhering to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
AlphaBiolabs uses the very latest technology and techniques in DNA analysis to perform legal DNA testing.
Every human being is born with a DNA profile that is completely unique to them (except for identical twins, who share the same genetic material).
Each person inherits half of their genetic material from each of their parents, with mum and dad each passing half of their DNA profile to their children.
These profiles make up the building blocks of a person’s DNA.
In the laboratory, it is possible for DNA scientists to analyse the DNA of an individual and identify where a person shares matching ‘building blocks’ – alleles – with one or more people.
DNA markers that are shared between the tested individuals can determine whether they are related.
If you’ve been shopping around for a legal DNA test, you may also have noticed that many testing laboratories talk about the number of ‘loci’ analysed within the cost of the test.
Loci is in fact the scientific term for the locations of DNA markers within a strand of DNA: a genetic ‘street address’ for a DNA marker within the DNA strand.
Because loci are located on chromosomes and we inherit one chromosome from each of our parents, each locus (location in the DNA strand) is home to two alleles (one from each parent).
AlphaBiolabs’ legal DNA tests analyse up to 45 DNA markers (loci) – double the industry standard – to determine whether two or more people are biologically related.
In DNA test example (A) you can see that the child has inherited half of its genetic material from its mother, and half from the alleged father. This indicates that the man and child share enough DNA markers to verify a biological relationship.
In DNA test example (B) you can see that the alleged father does not share any DNA markers with the child and can therefore not be the biological father.
Our legal DNA testing is 100% accurate and reliable.
We are UKAS ISO 17025 accredited, meaning that we meet the highest international quality standard for testing laboratories, as recognised by the government.
We are also certified to ISO 9001 and are Ministry of Justice (MoJ) approved to carry out parentage tests directed by the civil courts in England and Wales under Section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969.