How Much Does a DNA Test Cost?
A DNA test can be used to determine a child’s father, a person’s ancestry or the presence of genetic diseases.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a DNA test will depend on the type of test you’re taking, where it’s being purchased, how it’s going to be done and the company you use.
- For example, it usually costs around $100 to $300 for an at-home kit. However, the costs may go up to $500 or $600 if you require the test to be admissible in court or if you would like it done in a professional doctor’s office. This is the most common way to do the test when disputing paternity or child support cases.
- DNAJunction.com created a table that serves as a quick guide in helping one choose quality DNA testing services. It lists the in-home and the legal prices, which vary significantly. The paternity DNA test, for example, can cost $350 to $600 for the legal price but can cost $150 to $350 for an in-home test. Other price ranges are specific for maternity, grandparent, full siblings and half siblings DNA tests.
- According to DNACenter.com, a website dedicated to giving DNA tests and other services, a regular paternity DNA test can cost between $400 and $500. The site also noted that some testing companies would start DNA testing as long as the individual can initially deposit an amount as little as $99.
Type of Test
$350 to $650
$350 to $650
$750 to $1,000
$500 to $1,000
$900 to $1,300
NOTE: Prices can be cut in half if the tests are done at home.
What is going to be included?
- For a regular DNA test, wherein parents want to test their child, both parents will generally be sampled and compared to the child’s DNA. Usually, the mother will be sampled first and check which of the pairs in the child are from her. The results will enable the father’s results to be excluded or included as the biological contributor. In the event that a mother is not available, a test can still be done but it can be a little more complex to do. Either way, the results can be offered usually within five days.
- DNA testing is such a varied subject that there are specific things with which one can associate it. The common DNA Paternity Test is just one of them. However, there are other types of DNA tests. DNACenter.com offers different services associated with DNA testing such as Immigration DNA Testing, Adoption DNA Testing, Forensic Services, DNA Maternity Test, DNA Grandparentage Test, and other related services. You can check out its site for a detailed list and the specific services each one covers.
Factors that influence the price:
- The type of DNA test. As previously mentioned, there are several types of DNA tests which differ according to the purpose of the person who wants to initiate them. For special cases which need to have a higher complexity in order to achieve accuracy, the price will likely be higher than the usual.
- Facility that does the DNA test. The prices for DNA tests vary from a facility to facility which also is primarily influenced by the location of the facility.
Tips to know:
- The costs associated with DNA testing services may vary from one company to the other. Thus, one should be familiar of the average pricing before ordering a DNA test. If you decide to go with an at-home kit, make sure that you know of the additional costs associated with the laboratory testing.
- As suggested by DNACenter.com, you need to make sure that the laboratory will test the results twice to ensure accuracy.
- It is but recommended that the DNA test is done at a facility accredited by the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks). In fact, it is always wise to check AABB first to identify the accredited laboratories near your area. This will help you in making sure that you are dealing with a legitimate company that upholds the standards set by the association.
How to save money?
- To give value to your money, consider looking for different DNA testing services offered by different companies in your area. Compare their services and prices. Do not just go for the cheapest quote, but choose the facility that is accredited and good reputation. DNA testing is a crucial procedure; that is why results should not be compromised just because of money.
- Depending on the reason for the test, some insurance companies will cover a DNA test.