How Much Does a Paternity Test Cost?
A paternity test is a type of laboratory examination performed to determine whether a man is the biological parent of a child. The most basic reliable standard for paternal exam is through genetic testing, but there are other methods performed such as blood group typing and using human leukocyte antigens. Depending on the type of paternal test that will be used and the clinic performing the test, the price will vary.
How much is it?
- On average, a paternity test conducted at a local laboratory in person can cost anywhere from $450 to as much as $1,800.
- Paternal testing is not only performed at laboratories, but can also be performed at home. Paternal testing kits are available over the counter at drugstores. The DNA material is collected using a simple cheek swab that typically costs anywhere from $50 to $300. Upon completion of the test, the results are sent to the laboratory. It can cost anywhere between $400 and $800 to receive your results.
- For example, DNATesting.com sells at home tests and GeneticProfiles.com can perform the test for $500.
- For patients that are not covered by insurance, a paternal test wherein the DNA samples are collected in a more invasive way can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. For example, DNACenter.com can perform the test and all of the procedures will be performed using the available methods for the price mentioned.
What are the extra costs?
- The DNA test itself can cost anywhere from $400 to $475, while the DNA collection can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500. These are usually included with the testing price unless you wish to have this performed separately.
- If more than one participant has to be tested as well, additional fees may apply.
- Expedited results can cost more if you want to have the results faster than the standard delivery. Most results may take up to 8 weeks to process.
What is going to be included?
- The payment for the test includes the chemical added to the samples in the laboratory as well as the technician that will analyze the 16 different locations on the DNA of each individual before creating the DNA profile.
- Many clinics may allow you to view the results right online. Once the test has been taken, the clinic will e-mail you as well as alert you when the results are ready to be viewed online.
Types of paternity tests:
- Blood collection
- Cheek swab collection
- Umbilical cord collection
How can I save money?
- To save on costs, consider the reasons you are having a paternity testing done. The test may not even be necessary to be taken.
- If there really is a need to perform the test, you can check with different online providers as well as local labs to see which facility can provide the service at the lowest price.
- Check with your insurance company to see if the service is covered by your plan. If it is, it can reduce a significant amount from the original price.
- There are times when more than one participant will be required in order to get the testing done appropriately. If this is the case, consider asking for discounts as many labs will provide discounts to those that have more than one person needing a test.