For a DNA test to be utilized in legal situations, it has to be a court-approved DNA test. This is also be known as “court-admissible testing" or “legal paternity testing” and indicates “chain-of-custody" procedures were followed. A professional DNA collector/lab technician records every step of the process and signs off on the integrity and identity of every donor and specimen.

Legal DNA testing can be court-ordered or administered as an individual test – you can ask for the test and adhere to procedures that ensure results may be used for legal purposes.

What is Chain-of-Custody?

Maintaining a chain-of-custody thoroughly ensures the traceability of each step in the testing process, including who performed the test, the date, and the location of where each step was completed. From the collection of samples to reporting the results – each part of the testing process is essential for the legal defensibility of the results in a court of law.

For a test to be used in court, it has to follow the chain-of-custody procedures. Here is what that really means:

1. The Identity is Verified

We will take a copy of your driver’s license or other accepted form of identity confirmation prior to collecting your sample. This is done for every individual involved.

2. There is Witness And Collector Presence

The witness must not be related to or connected with any family members involved. This person often also serves as the sample collector who swabs the inside of the cheek for the DNA sample. You cannot provide the sample yourself. For testing to be considered court-admissible, a collector must be involved.

3. Assessment Procedure

We follow the proper procedures to make sure samples travel a certain route – ensuring nothing’s tampered with and all samples are guarded and recorded every step of the way. In addition, we deliver notarized results as needed.

There are several benefits to choosing legal DNA testing. Contact your local Test Smartly location today for more information!