Paternity FAQs | Denver DNA & Drug Center

Frequently Asked Questions for Paternity DNA

1. How much does a paternity test cost?

A standard (2 or 3ppl) legal paternity test is $350. Generally, legal paternity tests can cost up to $400. A non-legal, peace of mind (2 or 3ppl) test is $199. To learn more about pricing and shipping fees for paternity testing and or relationship testing at the Denver DNA & Drug Center, please visit our

2. How long does it take to get the test results back?

Typically, test results for paternity are ready within 2-3 business days, and 3-5 business days for relationship DNA tests. Occasionally, the turnaround time on a test result could be extended if additional parties need to be tested, or a sample from an extended relative is inconclusive to establish paternity. Customers will be notified if this occurs.

3. Is there a minimum age for testing?

The minimum age for testing is 18. However, testing for a minor can be conducted if a legal guardian is present. If the minor is the parent, a legal guardian (mother, father of minor parent) will need to accompany and sign the legal guardian forms for a legal paternity test.

4. Can I receive results be received via fax, phone, etc.?

Results can be received via e-mail, fax, telephone, or through traditional mail. If received over the phone, a verbal can be used to keep the results confidential.

5. How are paternity tests performed, blood sample or mouth swab?

The Denver DNA & Drug Center employs a non-invasive buccal swab collection method where we collect cheek swab samples to collect DNA.

6. Is paternity testing covered by insurance or Medicare?

No. Paternity testing is not medically necessary therefore insurances do not cover it.

7. What forms of payments are acceptable?

We accept money order and all major credit cards except American Express.

8. Are tests legally binding?

A legal paternity test in conjunction with a Chain-of-Custody test is considered legally binding. Private, non-legal, peace of mind tests are not legally binding.

9. Can I do a legal paternity test if the alleged parent or child is out of state?

In cases where someone is out of state all we need is a zip code. That way we can locate a DNA center close to them where they can have their samples collected.

10. Can I still be tested for paternity if the alleged father is deceased?

Yes, for a paternity testing a grandparent, aunt, or uncle is always an option that can provide you with a biological answer. Or a FTA Blood Card from the Coroner’s office of the deceased can be used in lieu of a relative being available.

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