Paternity Testing

Compare the best paternity DNA tests from all of the top paternity testing providers. Read reviews from our DNA Testing Choice experts, compare paternity test prices and see which tests are rated best by customers.

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Alpha Biolabs Same Day Lab Located in the UK £ 99.00
5.0 Stars (204)
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Visit Site Website > 0333 600 1300
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Easy DNA 2 Days Lab Located in the US £ 99.00
5.0 Stars (261)
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Visit Site Website > 08000 488721
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DNA Diagnostics Center 3 Days Lab Located in the US £ 98.00
5.0 Stars (174)
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Visit Site Website > 020 3301 7346
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Home DNA Direct 2 Days Lab Located in the US £ 99.00
5.0 Stars (163)
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Visit Site Website > 0808 120 5300
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Who 1 Day Lab Located in the US £ 99.00
5.0 Stars (158)
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Visit Site Website > 0800 840 1134
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International Biosciences 1 Day Lab Located in the US £ 99.00
4.9 Stars (113)
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Visit Site Website > 01273 227 544
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northgene 1 Day Lab Located in the UK £ 95.00
4.9 Stars (75)
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That DNA Company 2 Days Lab Located in the UK £ 88.00
4.9 Stars (66)
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Visit Site Website > 0203 603 1189
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DNA Worldwide 3 Days Lab Located in Germany £ 99.00
4.9 Stars (40)
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dadchecksilver 2 Days Lab Located in the UK £ 145.00
4.9 Stars (28)
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Visit Site Website > 0191 543 6434
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DNA@Home 1 Day Lab Located in the UK £ 99.99
4.9 Stars (7)
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Genetic Testing Laboratories 1 Day Lab Located in the US £ 99.00
4.7 Stars (53)
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Visit Site Website > 01273 748926
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dadcheckgold 5 Days Lab Located in the UK £ ?Unpublished
4.7 Stars (14)
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Visit Site Website > 0191 543 6334
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Cellmark 1 Day Lab Located in the UK £ 324.00
4.6 Stars (39)
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Anglia DNA 1 Day Lab Located in the UK £ 99.00
4.6 Stars (15)
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DNA Solutions 2 Weeks Lab Located in the US £ 148.00
4.3 Stars (4)
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DNA Legal 3 Days Lab Located in the UK £ ?Unpublished
4.0 Stars (8)
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Affinity DNA 3 Days Lab Located in the US £ 99.00
4.0 Stars (1)
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Affirmative DNA 2 Days Lab Located in the UK £ 90.00
3.9 Stars (3)
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Paternity Depot 5 Days Lab Located in the US £ 59.00
3.7 Stars (7)
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DNA Clinics Same Day Lab Located in the UK £ 119.00
3.5 Stars (2)
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Home Health UK 5 Days Lab Located in the US £ 67.89
3.2 Stars (6)
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Genetrack Biolabs 3 Days Lab Located in Canada £ 99.00
3.1 Stars (10)
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Nimble Diagnostics 1 Week Lab Located in the UK £ 149.00
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Angelscope DNA Diagnostics 1 Week Lab Located in the UK £ 145.00
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Key Forensic 2 Days Lab Located in the UK £ 270.00
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medichecks 5 Days Lab Located in the UK £ 449.00
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DNA Organisation UK 2 Days Lab Located in the UK £ 122.40
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Geneblitz 2 Days Lab Located in the UK £ 88.00
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Visit Site Website > 0191 543 6405
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23DNA UK 1 Day Lab Located in the US £ 199.00
2.0 Stars (2)
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Good to Know

Paternity tests prove whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Paternity testing providers need a cheek swab sample from both the child and the ‘alleged’ father, and these samples are then compared to see if there’s a genetic match.

On purchasing, the provider will send you a testing kit with everything you need to take the samples. You can take the samples at home and after you send the kit back, they’ll be in touch with the results a few days later. You can choose how you are contacted, with email generally being the quickest service. Some providers offer express services but these often come with extra fees.

Look out for companies selling cheap kits. That’s exactly what they are – just the kit and no testing. Providers then charge more to actually run the test when you return the samples.

Are paternity tests available on the NHS?
Unfortunately not. Paternity tests are not available on the NHS at this time.

’Peace of mind’ or ‘legal’ test?
There are two types of service for paternity testing: ‘Peace of mind’ tests and ‘legal’ tests – legal tests are court admissible. The science behind the tests is exactly the same – the difference is that for court admissible tests, somebody official needs to watch them being taken so the court is assured that the samples came from the right people. Court admissible tests also require that the samples be handled securely all the way to the lab.

In a rush?
One paternity testing provider lets you send in samples without the need to use a kit! This is the Collect & Send™ product from the Genetic Testing Laboratories, aka GTLDNA. Be warned, specific instructions on their website for collecting the sample must be followed carefully to ensure they receive what they need.

Are the tests accurate?
Paternity tests are 100% accurate at ruling somebody out, at saying someone is not the child’s biological father. Paternity tests are between 99.99% and 99.9999% accurate at confirming whether someone is the child’s biological father, depending on the provider. The test is more accurate if you test both the ‘alleged’ and the ‘known’ parent.

The tests compare DNA from both parties at certain ‘DNA locations’ to establish a genetic match. Most providers check 16 locations, some check up to 68 which improves the accuracy but which costs more.

Watch out for VAT and hefty postage being added at the checkout. Some providers with offices in the UK will use labs overseas, so if having your samples tested in the UK is important to you (and the provider’s website isn’t clear) check out our listings for these details.