DNA Sample Collection

This DNA testing kit contains all of the appropriate materials and paperwork for sample collection from one individual. Sterile swabs are attached to each Specimen Envelope.

Step 1

Complete the Donor Information and Consent Form on the back of the Specimen Envelope. Remember to sign the consent form. DNA testing cannot proceed if the consent form is not signed.

Step 2

Wash and dry hands thoroughly.

Step 3

Carefully peel apart the sleeve containing the sterile swabs. Remove a single swab carefully, holding the swab by the stick.

Step 4

Scrape and rotate the swab vigorously on the inside of the right cheek for 15 seconds.

Step 5

Immediately after collecting the cheek cells, place the swab directly into the appropriate color coded Specimen Envelope. Repeat for remaining swab, this time collecting from the left cheek. After both swabs are collected for the individual, allow the swabs to dry inside the Specimen Envelope at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. After the swabs are completely dry, seal and label the Specimen Envelope.

Step 6

After completing the collections, double check to ensure that the information has been correctly filled in on the front and back of the Specimen Envelope. Ensure that the Consent Form on the back of each Specimen Envelope is signed. Testing cannot proceed if the Consent Form is not signed. Return the specimens together with the completed Consent Form directly to the laboratory for testing using the pre-addressed Return Envelope provided in the kit.

DNA Sample Collection Tips

DNA stores best in the dried form. After sample collection, remember to allow the brushes to dry completely at room temperature inside the Specimen Envelope before sealing the envelope. You must use the swabs provided in this kit to collect the DNA sample. Samples collected using supplies other than the ones supplied in this kit will not be tested. Ensure that soothers, fingers, and toys are kept away from the mouth for at least 1 hour prior to sample collection.

How do I obtain my DNA Test kit?

You may order the DNA test online at any time. Orders placed before 2pm PST (5pm ET) on working days are shipped out the same day. Orders placed after 2pm PST (5pm ET) or on weekends, or holidays are shipped out the next business days.

If you have any questions about our DNA tests, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact us at any time.