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” 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 every specimen.
Court-Admissible Testing can be court-ordered, or, as an individual, you can ask for the test and adhere to procedures that ensure results may be used for legal purposes.
What is Chain-of-Custody?
For a test to be used in court, it has to follow what are called “chain of custody” procedures. Here is what that means:
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.
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.
We follow the proper procedures to make sure samples travel a certain route – ensuring nothing’s tampered with and all samples was guarded. Samples are recorded every step along the way. In addition, we deliver notarized results as needed.
There benefits of legal DNA testing are vast. To begin, contact us today.