Frequently Asked Questions

Can my insurance cover my DNA Testing?

No. Currently, as we understand it, paternity testing to provide a biological relationship is not considered a medical issue. Therefore most, if not all insurance companies do not cover paternity testing.

Please contact your insurance company to inquire about their coverage. If your insurance company does cover paternity testing. It is important to note, IDTO does not accept medical insurance.

Therefore, you will be required to pay the upfront costs of your paternity test and supply your insurance company with your receipt from the paternity test for reimbursement. To learn more about our services please call 888-204-0583 to get started.

The cost of an IDTO legal paternity test starts at $350.00 and up. For prices for other related DNA testing services click here.

Will my paternity test results be legally binding?

n order for your DNA test result to be legally admissible, an unbroken chain of custody must be established. IDTO is partnered with an AABB accredited lab that oversees the strict adherence of all legal chain of custody testing we provide to our clients. Read more about legal chain of custody paternity testing here.

Are my DNA test results confidential?

Yes. Our partner laboratory does not share your information with any third party companies. Only the participants involved of the DNA test will have access to your results. Results will only be released to a third party by the request of the tested party or by court order from a Judge.

The legal paternity testing process was designed to utilize test results for legal purposes for situations such as child support, immigration, birth certificate name change etc. Essentially, your results can be used to help establish paternity.

How much does a home paternity test cost?

The cost of an IDTO home DNA paternity test kit starts at $199.99 and up. Learn more about home paternity testing or purchase a kit here.

What does “chain of custody” mean?

Chain of custody is a required part of legal documentation, as it tracks the control and custody of materials such as physical or digital evidence. Chain of custody is important in criminal cases, but it’s also used in civil litigation and to create drug-testing protocols for athletes and to manage supply chains.

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

When performing a legal DNA test you will need to make sure you walk with state-issued identification. 

How soon can you DNA test a baby after birth?

When performing a legal DNA test you will need to make sure you walk with state-issued identification. 

Can a DNA Testing be performed in two different states?

Yes. If the tested parties reside in two different states or cities in the same state IDTO can schedule appointments if we have collection sites in our network near your home.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to ask questions call 888-204-0583 today.

What method is use to collect my DNA sample?

The commonly used method of DNA sample collection is performed by cheek swab. Blood samples are also a viable collection method with same accuracy as cheek swab collections.

The main difference between the two collection options are blood samples are more painful and expensive than buccal cheek swab samples.

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