Buccal (mouth) swabs are the most reliable and least costly way of obtaining DNA specimens. However they require that the test participants be alive and available. You can consider using alternative sources of DNA when buccal swabbing is not practical due to the test subject being deceased or otherwise unavailable to participate in the test. We also approve of their use by legal guardians who believe it would be disturbing to inform their minor child that a relationship is in-question.
We do not routinely challenge our clients regarding their authority to provide us specimens however, if you cause us concern, we have the right and obligation to request proof and to charge you for our time requesting and reviewing the necessary documents. For example, IDs of the billing contact and test participants, birth certificates or other proof of guardianship, or a simple letter from your attorney authorizing us to proceed. This can delay your case and, if you are evasive or uncooperative, result in the forfeiture of monies paid.
Privacy laws vary and are subject to change. We discuss Privacy and Consent elsewhere in this Help/FAQ however this is not to be taken as legal advice. We advise you to seek proper legal counsel as to whether you may covertly collect DNA specimens per your community standards before ordering your test.
Secret DNA tests are not the same as anonymous DNA tests. Secret DNA testing make use of found DNA — alternative sources of DNA, sometimes referred to as discreet DNA specimens, that do not require that the person providing the specimen be aware that a DNA test is being conducted. Whereas anonymous DNA testing is an administrative process designed to keep the identity of the test participants secret. It is possible that both may apply to your case — you may wish to conduct an anonymous DNA test while keeping the testing process secret from certain participants.
Please review our Sortable & Searchable Table of Alternative DNA Sources which is designed to assist you in selecting the least costly source of DNA that fits your circumstance. It is wise to have a backup plan in case the specimens you provide lack sufficient DNA for further analysis. To that end, we encourage you to include backup specimens in your order and we will refund the price of any not used.