What’s the difference between a legal paternity test and a home paternity test?

Before you begin the DNA testing process, it’s essential to have the end in mind. If you are using your paternity test results in a legal despite, the results must be court admissible. There are two key differences between a court admissible test and a home test:

  1. Collection
  2. Pricing


When performing a home paternity test, you are the collector. You choose the people to test, and you submit their samples in the kit through the mail. You receive the results, and they are stored by you. There are no names on the report.

When you purchase a legal paternity test, your purchase begins with an appointment. The DNA Specialists of Houston will receive the DNA kit on your behalf, and they will then come to you and test all individuals involved. Additionally, they will require an ID from all adults to verify the identity of the applicants. The collector will then submit the test, and you will receive the results.


Though the test and collection tools are the same with a court admissible DNA test and a home test, the need for appointments, verification, and collection by an AABB certified collector odes create a significant difference in price. However, if you know upfront you need court admissible testing, choosing the right test from the outset makes all the difference.

A legal paternity test is court admissible and can be used in cases involving:

  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Inheritance rights
  • Adoption
  • Social Security
  • Wills and Trusts