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Paternity Informational (Non-Legal)

DNA testing can be used to determine if there is a biological relationship between two individuals. This is typically done by obtaining genetic material (DNA samples) from the two individuals via cheek swabs, then comparing these samples. 

A paternity test is used to determine if someone is the biological father of a child. It works by comparing the DNA of the alleged father to the DNA of the child. If possible, it is preferred to have the child’s mother participate in the Paternity Test as well, since she contributed 50% of her DNA to the child. 

This is an informational Paternity Test. Informational Paternity Test results cannot be used for any type of legal purpose, such as adding or removing a father’s name from the child’s birth certificate, child support, visitation, or other types of legal/verified situations. If you are not planning to use these test results for any type of legal reason, then this test can provide you answers and peace of mind. If you are looking for a Paternity Test that can be used for legal/other purposes, check out the Paternity Legal Test.

All tested parties may schedule an appointment or walk into one of our locations for testing. Our friendly Medical Assistants will collect the samples needed for the test. As an alternative, some store locations offer Home Collection Kits. If the Home Collection Kits are available for online purchase at your selected store, you will see a “Buy At Home Kit” button on this page. After you complete your purchase, a kit will be sent to the address(es) you designate and you can collect the samples yourself, then ship them directly to the lab for testing. 

The basic test kit contains collection supplies for 1 child and 1 alleged father. Test results from the Home Collection Kits are not legally admissible.

Add-On Options To The Informational Paternity Test

  • Add the child’s mother +$ 30.00
  • Add additional children +$100.00 per child
  • Ship collection supplies to more than one address + $10.00 per address

NOTE: If you want to test additional alleged fathers you will need to buy a separate kit(s).

Test Details

This test includes: Paternity Test- Informational (Non-Legal).

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What kind of sample is required?

A cheek swab is required for the test.

How long will it take to get my results?

Results are typically available within 5-7 business days after the lab receives all of the samples.

How will I receive my test results?

You will receive your test results through the e-mail address provided in your order.  Some store locations use our test results portal. Some store locations provide test results through secure e-mail. Contact the store location that fulfilled your kit order if you have any problems accessing test results.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No, we offer a few options to make it most convenient for you.  You can just walk in during our work-friendly hours; you can schedule an appointment to accommodate all tested parties’ calendars; and some locations even offer Home Collection Kits so you can collect samples needed for testing at home.

If I have questions about my paternity test results, who should I contact?

If you have questions regarding your paternity test results, feel free to contact our store.

What is your refund policy for at-home kits?

If you request a refund before we ship the Home Collection Kit, you will receive a full refund.  After the kit has shipped, the sale is final and will not be refunded in line with our Terms of Sale.

Can I order a test for someone else?

If you order a Home Collection Kit through our eCommerce site, the person that orders the test is considered the Tested Party, in line with our Terms of Sale.  If you wish to order a Home Collection Kit on behalf of someone else, please call your nearest store location for assistance.

Do I have to use my real name when I order a Paternity Test kit?

You must complete the Informational Paternity Test Form included in the kit; however, the names on the forms will not be reflected on the test results.   Results will be listed using roles – Alleged Father, Mother and Child.

Are Any Lab Test Now’s Home Collection Kits suitable for children?

The clinical lab tests are for adults over the age of 18 only. Informational Paternity Tests include collecting a buccal swab sample from a child or children.

Will the Home Collection Kit you send me be discreet?

Your Home Collection Kit will be shipped in a plain box with an address label for shipping.  The shipping label will include Any Lab Test Now’s store address in case the kit must be returned by the U.S. Postal Service.  The outside of the box will not reveal the type of test you ordered.

How do I collect the samples required for the test?

Step-by-step collection instructions are included with each type of test kit.

Do you have any tips for collecting my paternity test sample?

Follow the instructions included in the Collection Kit.  Ensure you wash your hands prior to beginning the sample collection process.  Press each swab firmly against the skin tissue as you swab to collect the skin cells.

What will happen if I do not collect enough of my sample and the lab is unable to perform the test?

Any Lab Test Now will notify you if your sample is rejected.  You will be required to recollect your sample using another kit.  We can either ship another kit to you or you may come by and pick one up.  There is an additional $15.00 charge for the new kit and pre-paid shipping of the recollected specimen to the laboratory.

Is there a charge for the recollected sample? Do I have to pay for another test?

There is an additional $15.00 charge for the new kit and pre-paid shipping of the recollected specimen to the laboratory.  This will be paid to the Any Lab Test Now store that processed your order.  You do not have to pay for another test.

What if I accidentally drop the swab on the floor or another surface after I collected my sample?

Do not send a contaminated swab to the laboratory.  Put all remaining kit components into the box for safekeeping.  Simply call the Any Lab Test Now store location that processed your order.  You can quickly go to the store and pick up a replacement swab, or we can send you another swab via USPS first class mail.

How quickly do I need to mail my sample after I’ve completed the collection?

We recommend that you ship your sample to the laboratory the same day or the day after you have collected your specimen for testing.

How do I ship my DNA sample to the lab?

The swabs envelopes for each tested party and the folded Paternity Information Form should be placed directly into the pre-paid return envelope provided.  Drop the envelope off at the U.S. postal service location. Do not put the swab samples back into the kit box.

How long will it take for my sample to arrive at the lab?

Samples will be returned to the laboratory via USPS first class mail for most Home Collection Kits.  The shipment time is dependent on the U.S. postal service, and can range from 2 to 7 business days in most instances.

Am I able to pay for my Home Collection Kit with my Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account card?

Your HSA or FSA card can be used for clinical lab tests.  HSA and FSA cards cannot be used for social-based tests, such as Informational Paternity Tests.

If I ordered an informational paternity test Home Collection Kit, then realize that I actually need a legally-admissible test, what should I do?

No problem!  Simply contact the Any Lab Test Now store location that fulfilled your order.  They will schedule an appointment for you to come in for the specimen collection and chain-of-custody paperwork.  We will apply what you paid for the kit against the cost of the legally-admissible paternity test.  You will just be responsible for the difference in price at the time of your appointment.

What if I never receive a Home Collection Kit?

Please contact the Any Lab Test Now location where you placed the order.  They will be able to help you and ensure you receive a test kit.

Can my minor child order a test without my consent?

No. Home Collection Kits can be ordered by adults only.

Do you have instructions in Spanish?

Collection instructions in Spanish are only included in Informational Paternity test kits.

How will my order be shipped to me?

Your Home Collection Kit will be shipped to you via USPS First Class Mail.  The order will be processed as follows:

  • Home Collection Kits ordered before 3 p.m. will be shipped the same day
  • Home Collection Kits ordered after 3 p.m. will be shipped the following business day
  • Home Collection Kits ordered over the weekend will be shipped the following business day.

Regular mail delivery times vary.  Since the package will be shipped locally, we anticipate 1 to 3 business days from the time the Home Collection Kit is shipped.

Can you ship my home collection kit to a P.O. box?

Yes, we can. Kits are mailed via U.S. Postal Service, first class mail.

Can I pick up my home collection kit from the store?

Yes, you can.  Simply choose this option from the dropdown menu during the order process.  Your kit will be waiting for you when you arrive during the store’s standard business hours.