Buccal (mouth) swabbing is highly accurate and super simple to perform. The FBI and police agencies all over the world use it. You see it on the crime shows on TV. Your DNA is the same everywhere in your body so there is no reason to puncture your body to obtain blood samples for DNA testing.
We provide written instructions and are available to supervise via video chat (Skype or Facebook) if you are nervous. In summary: you will insert each swab in your mouth, rub your cheek 10-20 times, let the swabs dry, place them in the envelope, then seal. Simple stuff we think you’ll agree. A common sense reminder for clients providing their own testing supplies: You should not proceed with your specimen collection in advance of receiving our illustrated instructions for the specific test that you purchased.
Swabbing does not differ between Home and Legal tests. Where the process differs is that specimen collection for Legal tests is witnessed and carefully documented in order to assure authenticity so that the results are acceptable for official purposes such as evidence in a court of law. We discuss this is greater depth in this FAQ topic, the product description and our blog posting and provide thorough instructions for you and your witness in with the testing supplies.
We can easily accommodate split-collections for test participants who live far apart such as OFWs and persons working aboard ships.
Fresh specimens give the best results and it is easy to forget instructions read months or even weeks before so be certain to collect and dispatch your specimens as soon as possible and no later than one month after placing your order. This is discussed further in How to Get a DNA Paternity Test Quickly and Easily Online.
Buccal (mouth) swabbing is the same whether the test is for personal knowledge or for official use. What differs is that specimen collection for official purposes is conducted under controlled conditions to assure that the persons named are in fact the persons providing the specimens.
We discuss the requirements for AABB accredited tests in these two blog postings:
- Home vs. Legal DNA Tests (Part 2)-Specimen Collection
- Home vs. Legal DNA Tests (Part 3)-Choosing Your Witness
We also offer NATA accredited tests for use in Australian courts.
Please note that specimen collection for Immigration tests often are subject to additional further restrictions. The embassy or consulate to which you are applying will provide you instructions specific to your case and we will follow those instructions precisely to assure that your test results are accepted. You cannot get a “head start” by obtaining a DNA test prior to opening your case with the embassy.
However, you will be well-served to obtain an inexpensive home test prior to applying at the embassy to avoid expensive surprises.
We are prohibited by law from giving legal advice directly to our clients however are free to offer our opinion to attorneys. We highly recommend that you discuss your case with a qualified attorney and have your attorney contact us before purchasing a Legal or Immigration test. Many attorneys offer initial consultations at little or no cost and we do not charge for brief consultations with attorneys.
We operate online but still have strong community ties. We are fully licensed and registered with the Department of Trade (DTI) so you can check our record easy enough. We are well-known to our colleagues at the PNP National DNA Crime Lab and, in fact, they refer us cases. We are active in the Rotary Club and other community organizations.
We operate online in order to serve the entire Philippines with affordable DNA testing. There is simply no need to incur expensive travel to avail of modern DNA testing. It is quite simple to collect DNA specimens in the privacy of your home or at your attorney’s office. In fact, you already leave your DNA pretty much everywhere you go, just like your fingerprints. In fact, your fingerprints contain your DNA as well.
You are welcome to visit us in Roxas City, Capiz.
If you are still nervous, you might also consider paying by credit card or PayPal so that you can initiate a charge-back should we not perform as promised.
The #1 question that we are constantly asked is: “Why are your DNA Paternity and Relationship Tests priced so low?” That’s a polite way of asking if we are “for real“? If you are safe ordering something as important as a DNA test from us? If you are going to receive a high quality test? If there is a catch?
Our low prices are due to a combination of factors. The chief ones being our efficient busy model and economies of scale. As with Amazon.com and Lazada.com.ph, we sell exclusively online and provide extensive information on our website so we do not need a large staff. This also allows us to serve the entire Philippines (and beyond). This spreads our costs over a large client base which greatly reduces our cost per client.
Our DNA testing makes use of modern DNA specimen collection that can be easily performed at home or your attorney’s office. This also saves our clients a ton of money on travel and court appearance fees.
We choose to pass the savings on to our clients because we believe in the power of affordable DNA testing to promote justice in the Philippines. We treat paternity testing as a social welfare program rather than a business. As such, we are only required to break-even after expenses, not to earn a big profit.
You are entirely safe” in ordering a DNA test from our website and will save a great deal of money doing so.
Laboratory services are lightening-fast: 85% of our paternity and maternity tests are processed in a single day. 98% within 2 business days. Labs often charge as much just for an upgrade to rush service as we do for the entire test which includes rush processing in our low price. Our laboratories are highly automated so we are able to process paternity and maternity tests quickly, accurately and inexpensively.
Dispatch your specimens on Monday by premium courier and you will almost always receive your results report the same week. Save with economy courier service and you will usually receive your test results early-to-middle the following week. We do not promise laboratory hours on weekends and holidays.
Registered mail is slower but only costs around ₱175. We purposely do not bundle specimen shipping into the price of our tests so that clients with extremely limited financial resources can still afford our high quality DNA testing by sending their specimens via inexpensive, slower Registered Mail. So your actual time to receive results will vary from less than a week to upwards of 3 weeks depending on how you choose to ship.
We pride ourselves on fast service however remind you that we are not a provider of emergency medical services. We do not promise instant response 24x7x365. Courier acceptance times vary and shipments can be delayed. Occasionally our lab becomes overloaded and needs an extra day to catch-up. So if you are on an extremely tight schedule where a day or two’s slippage could cause you great concern, kindly avail of a different provider.
We do our best to pack your testing supplies within one business day of our receipt of your paid order. Please remember that shipper acceptance and cutoff times tend to be somewhat loose in the Philippines so it is best to assume that the actual shipment of your supplies begins the the first business day after we pack your order.
Free shipping is via Registered Mail which can take anywhere from 3 days to a week (or more) to reach you depending on your location in the Philippines. Domestic Registered Mail is not trackable online so you will need to contact your local PHLPost office for updates. We highly recommend that you avail of inexpensive courier shipping for the small price of ₱250. Expedited shipping of your testing supplies via courier service is available as an option when you checkout. International shipments cost more and take a little longer, of course.
Shipping time is highly variable and beyond our control. We provide a tracking number so that you know where your supplies are and when they are due to arrive. Please monitor your shipment in case the courier has difficulty locating your house.
If you are considering a Chain or Legal test, we strongly encourage you to consult with an attorney and to have that attorney contact us before ordering. The tests themselves and notarized reports meet the highest standards so that is not the issue. Rather, our concern is that attorneys vary widely in their experience with DNA evidence as do the courts and government agencies that hear cases. It is therefore prudent for us to briefly discuss your specific case with the person you are entrusting to present your evidence. We do not charge extra for this service.
In general, the more important the outcome of the test is to you, the more likely you will benefit by consulting an attorney before selecting your test. A few possible exceptions come to mind:
- When an inexpensive Informational test provides immediate benefits such as peace of mind or perhaps as a first-line defense against nuisance complaints.
- When you are performing the test for well-defined official purposes such as immigration and are not otherwise using the services of an immigration attorney. The embassy of the receiving country will provide you well defined procedures which we follow precisely.
In the Philippines, the Integrated Bar can assist you in locating a qualified attorney that fits your financial circumstances. We strongly encourage you to at least make inquiry.
We provide links to the IBP website in the reference section of this FAQ.
We are required to remind you that we are not attorneys and therefore are neither qualified, nor permitted, to offer legal advice.
If your shipping company requests proof that your specimens are not infectious, a simple note from your doctor will usually suffice: ” SAMPLE SPECIMEN IS NON-INFECTIOUS AND NON-HAZARDOUS “
Shipping regulations are complex and may not correspond to “common sense”. For example, a licked envelope used for shipping purposes does not require certification. However, the exact same envelope being sent to our laboratory for analysis could require certification that it is not infectious.
FedEx and DHL locations in major cities are more likely to request certification than your neighborhood post office. It somewhat depends on the particular staff member, the latest news of disease outbreaks, how you describe your shipment, and whether you’re sneezing or coughing at the shipping counter.
Please note that the same applies to the father for maternity tests: we do not charge extra to process the additional parent (i.e. mother for paternity tests, father for maternity tests) if you include both parents’ specimens with your original submission. This is because the total laboratory cost of a duo test and a trio test is about the same (for the same level of precision). It’s simply that the costs are in different places.
DNA relationship testing is a combination of chemical reactions and statistical analysis. The chemical reactions isolate and breakdown the DNA to provide the markers (“genes”) for comparison. These markers are then analyzed statistically to determine the degree of relatedness. The rarer the markers, the more precise the results. The less markers shared in common between the parents, the more precise the results. The more known about the parents, the more precise the results.
A duo test uses less chemicals and equipment time. However, analyzing the results of a duo test requires far more computer and people time in order to obtain the same level of precision in the absence of the mother’s DNA. Forensic scientists are expensive!
While you cannot control your genetic makeup, you can be 100% certain about the mother’s markers when she provides her specimen for a paternity test. This means that all the other markers the child possesses must have been provided by the father. These are referred to as obligate alleles. In rare instances, it is not possible to conclusively determine the relationship between the parties without having both parents’ specimens. So it is in your best interest to provide these specimens as we must charge to re-run tests and add the additional parent’s specimen after-the-fact.
Some labs report duo tests at lower precision in order to advertise a low priced “loss-leader.” These labs often attempt to up-sell clients to a more expensive “high loci” test. Whereas we re-run the specimens using additional markers at no additional charge in order to best-assure a minimum of 99.99% probability of paternity at no additional charge. Obviously that too is expensive for us so it is more cost-effective for us to run both parents’ specimens from the get-go. To be clear, however, even with both parents’ specimen, we cannot guarantee a particular result in the absence of knowing the genetic makeup of the test participants ahead of time.
Do know that the AABB only requires 99.1% probability of paternity for non-exclusions. This means that there is nearly a 1 in 100 men will match and would not be excluded. Whereas our protocols are designed to assure you that no more than 1 in 10,000 will match. That is a worst case scenario — we are usually in the 1 in million and higher range. Once again, however, we cannot guarantee a particular outcome in the absence of knowing the genetic makeup of the test participants ahead of time
A trio test is clearly superior. Better for you. Better for us. So kindly provide both parents’ specimen if at all possible.
So that you can be 100% confident in the accuracy of your test results, every test participant is processed twice using completely different machines and personnel for each test when there is an exclusion. A forensic scientist then compares the results to assure that the test was performed correctly. There is no extra charge for this service.
Laboratories do not often make mistakes. 2x double-blind testing is designed to catch those rare instances when something has gone wrong so that you will have complete confidence in the results of your DNA Paternity Test.
The address to which you send your specimens varies with the test that you order so we include a pre-addressed envelope with your testing supplies. To prevent unpaid specimens from being received for processing, we cannot provide that address prior to receiving your payment. We also include the phone number in case you wish to ship by courier service.
We contract with the finest laboratories in the world. Unfortunately, there are none in the Philippines that meet our exacting specifications. Not even St. Lukes. In fact, the domestic labs sometimes refer clients to us because our contracts provide for rapid, highly accurate services at extremely low cost.
Frankly, the lab can be on the moon as long as your local post office delivers there at a cost of around ₱175 and we get the results back to you in the time indicated in our product description, with results in as little as 1 week if you can afford to ship by FedEx or DHL. Express shipping is also available from your post office. Ask for EMS.
Our laboratories are as close as your local post office. Or, if you prefer, couriers can pick your specimens up at your home or office. FedEx does not charge for pick-up in the Philippines.
We have a library of example DNA test reports that you may freely download to see how results are reported. The downloads are handled as zero cost products which can be accessed here. We invite labs to provide additional sample reports and greatly appreciate their support.
This table can be sorted and searched to assist you in selecting the least expensive specimen that fits your circumstances. Kindly review this topic for an introduction to alternative DNA Specimens. We remind you that buccal swabbing is the most reliable and cheapest method of specimen collection and that use of alternative specimens are subject to the privacy laws of your community.
Note: We do our best to update the prices in this table when changes occur in the ordering system however in the event of a discrepancy, the ordering system will be considered the authoritative source. Kindly notify us of any discrepancies.
|Source of DNA||Description||Packaging and Shipping||Cost Per Sample (in ₱ PHP)||Success Rate|
|Toothbrush||Air-dry the toothbrush for 30-60 minutes.||Ship in paper envelope.||5000||Fair to good|
|Nails (Finger / Toe)||Freshly trimmed nails 5-10 clippings||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.||5500||Good to very good|
|Ear Wax||Cotton swab or Q-tip.||Ship in paper envelope.||5500||Good to very good|
|Nasal mucous on used Kleenex / Handkerchief||Place in paper envelope.||Ship in paper envelope.||5000||Good to very good|
|Blood Stains||Band aids, blood-stained tissues (not tampons and feminine napkins)||Mark location of stain. Ship in paper envelope.||5750||Good to very good|
|Razors (electric or disposable)||Blades from electric (with clippings if available) or entire disposable razor.||Ship in paper envelope.||6000||Fair to good|
|Sperm / Semen stain on fabric||Mark location of stain on fabric||Mark location of stain on fabric and ship fabric wrapped in paper.||6000||Good to very good|
|Sperm / Semen from Condom||Swab inside of the condom as soon as possible.||Ship swabs in paper envelope.||5000||Good to very good|
|Gum||Sugar-free gum is preferred works best.||Do not touch the gum with your fingers. Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.||6000||Fair to good|
|Tampons and feminine napkins||Allow to dry before shipping||Ship in paper envelope.||6000||Fair to very good|
|Blood on filter paper (60 days or fresher)||Whatman, Matrix or Parchment||Ship in paper envelope||3500||Excellent|
|Blood (Whole)||Blood draw in medical Vacutainer tube.||Ship in original tube.||3500||Excellent|
|Sperm / Semen - fresh or frozen from sperm bank||Fresh liquid semen or frozen from sperm bank.||Absorb liquid onto a clean cotton swabs. Air-dry for 1 hour. Ship in paper envelope.||4000||Excellent|
|Hair with roots||Roots (follicles) MUST be attached. Required 6-10 hairs.||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.||6000||Fair|
|Infidelity / Forensic Samples||Array of samples e.g. underwear, where DNA source is unknown, unseen or potentially mixed.||Call to discuss. Ship items in paper bag.||Price on request||Fair to good|
|Cigarette Butts||2 to 4 butts||Ship in paper envelope.||5750||Poor to good|
|Drinking glass, soda can, plastic bottle or drinking straw||Various items drinking items..||Send actual item if possible. Otherwise, swab area where DNA is suspected with cotton swabs moistened with distilled water. Let swabs dry and ship in paper.||5500||Highly variable|
|Bone (from exhumed body)||Fibula or Femur, at least a 4-inch section.||Call to discuss||Price on request||Good for mtDNA
Poor source of nuclear DNA
|Bone (not from exhumed body)||Fibula or Femur, at least a 4-inch section.||Use clean blade. Ship on dry ice or as preserved.||Price on request||Good for mtDNA
Poor source of nuclear DNA
|Tissue samples preserved in paraffin||Tissue samples from pathology lab or embedded in paraffin. Non-embalmed.||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.||6000||Good to very good|
|Tooth||Molar, premolar or canine preferred.||Call to discuss. Ship in paper envelope.||7500+||Good for mtDNA
Poor source of nuclear DNA
|Dental Floss||Do not touch the floss with your fingers.||Call to discuss||6000+||Fair|
|Umbilical Cord (Dried)||Must include buccal swab from mother to use asreference DNA sample||Ship in paper envelope or as preserved.||5000||Good to very good|
|Clothing||Hats, baseball caps, underwear, bandanna.||Call to discuss. Ship in paper bag.||Price on request||Highly variable|
|Fetal Demise||For detection of maternal DNA only. Success increases with age of fetus.||Call to discuss||6000||Highly variable|
|Post Mortem Tissue||Coroner samples, funeral homes.||Please call to discuss. On dry ice or as preserved.||7000||Highly variable|
|Licked Envelope/Stamp||Greeting card or letter.||Ship in paper envelope.||6500||Poor to fair|
- Chain-of-Custody (CoC) refers to the order of places where, and the persons with whom, physical evidence was located from the time it was collected to its submission at trial. All evidence, not just DNA, is subject to challenge so it is of the utmost importance that CoC be properly documented.
- Tests are named for their intended usage:
- Informational tests also known as Home, Personal Knowledge and PK tests, are steeply discounted but otherwise use the same laboratory equipment and personnel as Chain and Legal tests. The chief difference is that the labs will not issue notarized reports so as to not interfere with their higher profit business.
- Chain-of-Custody tests preserve the chain-of-custody so that the test results are admissible in court. We are unique in offering you the option of deferring the cost of obtaining a hardcopy of the notarized test report until you are certain that you are going to court. You will still receive a notarized report by email. Court is expensive and slow. Most clients simply need proof of paternity to change their lives.
- Legal tests preserve the chain-of-custody and include a hardcopy notarized report. We highly recommend that you discuss this choice with your attorney prior to spending the extra money.
- Immigration tests are conducted precisely to the standards of the country which is requesting proof of paternity. Our tests and procedures are well-accepted by immigration authorities throughout the world, including the USA.
NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AID:
Phone: +63 (02) 631.3014 locals 120, 122, &123
Telefax: +63 (02) 631.3013
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) can assist you in locating a qualified attorney that fits your financial circumstances. You need only ask. Many communities have IBP chapters. Click here to go directly to the IBP list of chapters on their website. If there is not a chapter in your area, you should contact the IBP main office in Manila.
The IBP states that:
Legal Aid is not a matter of charity. It is a means for the correction of social imbalances that may and often do lead to injustice, for which reason it is a public responsibility of the Bar.
So don’t be shy about asking them for help.
We are here to assist you but please keep in mind that we rely on self-service to keep our prices low. If we hire a large support staff then we must charge more to cover their salaries. Please, always, Always, ALWAYS browse the website, read the product descriptions and if you do not find your answer, perform a search to see if your question has already been answered before contacting us for support.
We handle pre- and post-sales support rather differently so have addressed each in an individual FAQ:
Questions about an order you already placed? Please log into your account and check your order status and order notes as that is where we enter routine information such as whether we have received your payment, shipment tracking info, whether your specimens have been received and logged-into our Laboratory Case Management System, etc.
General questions, such as “What Happens Next” and “How Long to Receive my Test Results” are well-covered in this FAQ and answers can be easily found by typing that inquiry into the search box. You are welcome to email us your inquiries however please keep in mind that if your question has already been answered in our instructions, emails or on our website, there will be a small charge per our Additional Charges Policy. Please be certain to include your order number when contacting us.
Calling and texting for information about a specific order is discouraged. Email is our primary means of communication.
We pride ourselves on fast service however remind you that we are not a provider of emergency medical services. We do not promise instant response 24x7x365. So if you are on an extremely tight schedule, such as a foreigner departing the Philippines in a week or less, kindly avail of a different provider.
Please help us keep our prices low (and avoid additional charges) by checking your account/order, the product description and our FAQ and using a bit of common sense before inquiring.