Legal DNA Testing

What is Legal DNA Testing? This type of test involves the identification of the people taking part in the DNA analysis. This also includes stricter chain of custody over the DNA samples. As a result, you can use the results from a Legal DNA Test for the following purposes.

When should you use the Legal DNA Test?

You will need to use this service if you need to use the results for any legal purposes. Also, because of the ID needed, you must also have your DNA samples collected by us. This can be at one of our DNA Clinics. Or, we can arrange for a sample collector to visit your location.

There are a variety of reasons why you might need a DNA test for legal purposes. We have listed some of these above for you. But in some cases, such as immigration, requirements can be quite complex. In this case, we would recommend calling and speaking to our team to discuss your options.


What is a ‘Peace of Mind’ DNA Test?

This type of DNA test is for personal information only. For instance, if you don’t need a DNA test for legal purposes, this would be the alternative. Also, the peace of mind option has some benefits over the legal option. For instance, it is a cheaper DNA test and you can take your own DNA samples. But you can still book a peace of mind DNA test at any of our DNA Clinics.

The cheapest DNA tests are peace of mind self-collection DNA kits. There are three options, these are:

  1. Order a free DNA test kit online
  2. Order a DNA Clinics kit through
  3. Call 0800 988 7107 and order a DNA Home Kit.

Please note, you cannot use any of the DNA self-collection kit options as a Legal DNA test.


What happens at the appointment for a Legal DNA Test?

The clinic or sample collector will guide you through the appointment. This will include all paperwork and collecting your DNA samples. Also, you must bring with you the following identification documents:

  • Two passport sized photographs for each person taking part in the test.
  • Current photo identification. For example, passport, driving licence or national ID card.
  • For clients under 16 years of age, a birth certificate is acceptable if no other forms of ID exist.

Also, for Paternity DNA Testing, we advise that the biological mother takes part in the test. This is a requirement of some UK courts. However, we can talk you through this requirement when you call.


How do I order a Legal DNA test?

There are many options available to you, these include:

  • Call to make an appointment at one of our DNA Clinics
  • Or, call to arrange for a sample collection technician to visit your location
  • Also, you or your solicitor can contact us to organise a Legal DNA Test for court purposes


Why choose DNA Clinics?

  • DNA Clinics is a brand partner of Boots
  • Processing is performed in a UK laboratory with UKAS accreditation
  • The laboratory is on the MOJ accredited list of laboratories
  • A standard turnaround of only 3-5 days for Legal DNA Test results
  • Established in 2005, our team of experts will guide you through the science
  • Unrivalled convenience with a choice of over 50 DNA Clinics nationwide
  • Certification to 3 ISO standards. This includes Quality, Information Security and Environment standards
  • We are a registered company with the Information Commissioner’s Office


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