Home Paternity DNA Test – SAME Day Results

  • Easy to use at home test kit
  • Samples processed in our UK DNA laboratory, not sent overseas
  • Highly accurate test using next generation DNA profiling methods
  • Experts in DNA profiling and Paternity Testing
  • Confidential and personal service
  • No hidden costs
  • Free Postage to and from to the laboratory (Tracked 24)


If samples arrive back at our UK laboratory before 10am we aim to provide you with the results the SAME day, via email.


Paternity DNA testing at home.

DNA testing can quickly identify whether an alleged father is the biological father of a child with 99.99% confidence. DNA paternity testing is currently the most accurate and widely-used technology to determine parentage. With over 20 years’ Experience in paternity, kinship and forensic DNA testing the Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub is your trusted partner when it comes to quality driven, accurate results that leave no room for doubt. Confidential advisory service available free of charge when needed.

Simple to sample, peace of mind testing

As our DNA is present in almost every cell in the body, it is very easy to self-sample, making sampling from your own relaxed environment so much easier.

1. Order your kit

Order online and we will send you a home DNA test sampling kit containing everything you need for sampling all those to be tested. Kits are sent first class post.

2. Take DNA samples

Follow the instructions included in the sampling kit, complete the paperwork, then send the samples back to our laboratory using the pre-paid Tracked 24 service.

3. DNA test processed

Our extremely powerful test analyses 27 DNA markers using the latest technology in DNA profiling. Have no doubt your samples will be processed in confidence with quality driven laboratory procedures.

4. Final results

Receive your private and confidential report via secure email within 2 working days of all the samples arriving at the laboratory.

Why order our paternity DNA test?

The Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub is extremely experienced in DNA testing. The paternity DNA test establishes whether a man is the true biological father of a child. Paternity is excluded if the DNA test shows that a man is NOT the biological father.

Our genetic test analyses 27 DNA locations using the next generation in DNA profiling technology to provide you with a highly accurate result to put your mind at rest. We construct a DNA profile for each individual. The DNA profile of the child is then compared with that of the alleged father.

If the markers of a child do not match up with the markers of the alleged father he is NOT the biological father. If the markers of the child and alleged father match at all locations, then the probability of paternity is 99.9% or greater, indicating that he is the biological father of the child.

There are no grey areas with the Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub report. The result will be either 0% or greater than 99.9%. As your samples are processed in our UK laboratory your results are available the SAME day if received in the lab before 10am.

What's included in your paternity DNA test kit?

Your kit will include easy to follow instructions for use and a sample consent form plus the following items:

A) Required number of swabs
B) Required number of tubes
C) Required number of barcodes
D) Protective pouches
E) Postage prepaid return box

You can trust our Paternity DNA test.

With at least 27 DNA markers analysed get definitive results, that leave no room for doubt.


More than 20 years’ experience in DNA profiling, sequencing, counselling and customer service.


As a forensic lab where quality control is paramount you can be confident that your DNA is in safe hands.

Want to learn more?

To understand more about our Paternity DNA test please read our fact sheet. Any questions you might have can be answered here. And if you are really keen you can learn all about the science of DNA profiling.

What is DNA?

DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) is the molecule in the body that carries our genetic code and makes us who we are. We inherit half our DNA from our biological mother and half from our biological father. Each person inherits a unique mixture of our parents DNA which ,with the exception of identical twins, makes each of us genetically different.

What Is a paternity DNA test?

It tests whether a man is the biological father of a child by comparing the DNA of a child with the DNA of an alleged father. DNA is present in almost all of our cells, including those lining the inside of our mouth. Simply rubbing the inside of the mouth with a swab transfers some of those cells onto the swab. The laboratory extracts the DNA from the swab and the test is conducted.

How does a paternity test work?

Children inherit half their DNA from their biological mother and half from their biological father. Our DNA test analyses 24 DNA locations across our genome. We analyse and compares the DNA of the child to that of the alleged father tested to determine whether the DNA Of the child was inherited from the alleged father. This assists in determining the likelihood that a man is the biological father of a child. The test will result in either a man matching a child with a probability of paternity of over 99.9% or it will exclude them completely.

Can paternity testing be done without a sample from the mother?

Yes, the DNA profiles of only the child and the alleged father can be compared when the mother is not available, but if a close male relative of the alleged father could also be suspected as the child’s biological father then the mother’s sample is essential in order to be completely sure of the true biological father.

Why does testing test the mother help in paternity testing?

Although a sample from the mother is not a necessity for a paternity test, it is advisable to include her. As a child inherits half it’s DNA from a mother and half from the father seeing the DNA contribution from the mother means this can be excluded from the child’s DNA profile and the certainty of paternity increases. It will result in a more conclusive result.

What DNA samples can be used?

A swab from inside the mouth is all that is needed as DNA is found in our cells that line the surface of the mouth. No other samples will be accepted for this paternity test. You must use the swabs contained in the sampling kit you will receive. The sampling is quick, non-invasive and painless.

What is a peace of mind paternity test?

This is a test that is run for your own information. You collect the swabs at home at a time convenient for you. You post the swabs back to our laboratory for analysis and we will email the report to you. The postage for sending the kit to you, and for sending the samples back to the laboratory is all included in the cost of the test.

This test is exactly the same test that is run for the legal paternity tests required for court purposes, the only difference is the sample has not been sampled by someone impartial, who can verify the identification of the individuals sampled. This is a critical requirement for any test report to be used in court.

Please note that whilst you are solely responsible for home sampling it is still a legal requirement that someone with parental/legal guardian responsibility for children under 16 must sign consent to the child’s sample being taken at home.

How soon after birth can a paternity test be done on a baby?

It can be done immediately after birth. Taking a swab from the inside of the baby’s mouth is totally harmless, painless, non-invasive and quick.

What is in the Paternity Test kit

  • Instructions For Use
  • A Sample Consent Form
  • The required number of;
    • sterile swabs
    • microtubes
    • barcodes
    • protective pouches
  • Prepaid Royal Mail Tracked 24 tamperproof return box

How do I take the sample?

The Instructions For Use included in the kit detail everything to assist you in taking a mouth swab. It is very straightforward, painless and quick. The most important thing to remember is NOT taking the swab within 30 minutes of eating or drinking. Food or drink residue can result in poor quality DNA and a new sample may be requested.

How soon will the results be ready?

The Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub aims to have all samples for peace of mind paternity testing received back at the laboratory before 10am on a working day resulted by the end of the SAME working day, at no extra cost. Those received after 10am will be received within 2 working days.

If a swab does not contain sufficient or adequate quality DNA the result may be delayed as we may need to request another sample.

The results will be emailed to the email address provided on the Consent form sent in with the samples.

Are the home sampling kits discreet?

Yes our kits are posted out in plain grey or white plastic envelopes with no branding on them.

How do I go about doing the Paternity DNA test?

Order and pay for a test kit online. A kit will be shipped to you 1st class via Royal Mail. When you receive the kit follow all the instructions carefully and post the samples back to the laboratory in the prepaid tamperproof box.

How do I arrange for an at home DNA test?

Click HERE to take you to the online link to order your test. Everything you need take the samples will be sent out to the address of your choice.

What happens to my DNA samples after testing?

The samples are destroyed after THREE months unless we are otherwise prior instructed in writing or the samples relate to a case where we have been notified of possible fraudulent activity. All other confidential documentation will be destroyed after TWELVE months unless we are otherwise instructed. All DNA profiles retained for up to 6 years.

How much does it cost?

£99 for an at home DNA paternity test between an alleged father and child. There are no additional charges for an electronic full report. The report will include each individual’s DNA profile and all the associated statistical calculations. There are no additional charges for the rapid turnaround time of same day results. The only additional charges that apply are for additional children, at a cost of £50 each, and if the mother’s sample is to be included. This will be an additional £50. A father, mother and child will cost £149. All postage costs are included in these costs.

What if the potential fathers are related?

If the potential fathers are brothers, or father and son, then we strongly advise that the mother provide a sample for testing to obtain a conclusive result. Assigning of the mother’s DNA contribution in the child makes the test statistically more conclusive.

Can a result be inconclusive?

The test used at the Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub has an extremely high power of discrimination between individuals, therefore it is rare that an inconclusive result will be obtained. However, where the possible fathers are close relatives there is a chance of an inconclusive report if the mother, or both possible fathers is/are, not tested. Either sample can be “added in” at a later date at a cost of £50, but a report can only be issued once a conclusive result is obtained.

It is also possible that one individual has a slight variant in one or two of the markers tested which occurred at conception, but means they do not match the other individual. Whilst this should not affect the probability of paternity, when both parents are tested, it can result in reduced confidence in the probability of paternity, when only father and child are tested. This would result in the mother being requested or if this is not an option further DNA markers can be analysed at an additional cost.

Can you use a DNA ancestry test to prove paternity?

An ancestry DNA can identify potential DNA matches, but only a paternity DNA test can prove a father-child DNA match.

Can a paternity DNA test be carried out when a father is deceased?

It is possible to identify a biological father of a child, even after the man has passed away. These are called kinship tests. It is the exact same test but different statistical hypothesis are analysed and other family members are required to give samples for DNA profiling. Biological parents, siblings or other children of the deceased father can be analysed against the DNA of the child in order to obtain a likelihood of paternity. It is not routinely as conclusive but may well suggest a biological relationship between the deceased and the child.

Is home paternity DNA testing legal?

Home peace of mind paternity DNA testing is absolutely legal, as long as the correct consent is given for the sample donors participating in the DNA test.

The Human Tissue Act 2004, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, includes a section (Section 45) on the non-consensual analysis of DNA and creates a new offence of DNA ‘theft’.

It is unlawful to have human tissue with the intention of its DNA being analysed, without the consent of the person from whom the tissue came. In Scotland, The Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 deals with the uses of human tissue, and also covers the non-consensual testing of DNA. Failing to obtain or abusing consent will result in consequences and even punishments. Therefore consent is needed from, or on behalf of, each person whose samples are provided for DNA testing.

Anyone aged 16 or over must provide their own consent (a signature) to take part in DNA testing. For children under 16 years of age, consent must be provided by a parent or guardian with parental responsibility for the child. In the UK, a mother has parental responsibility for her child automatically from birth. A father usually has parental responsibility if he’s either: married to the child’s mother, or named on the birth certificate (after a certain date, depending on which part of the UK the child was born in).

Does the NHS offer free paternity testing?

No, the NHS does not offer free paternity testing.