What is a legal maternity DNA test?

A legal maternity test may be used in various circumstances:

  • In the case an adopted child and mother are reunited and they would like to affirm the maternity.
  • In the case a mother who conceived through in vitro fertilisation would like to confirm that the proper embryo was implanted.
  • In the case a family or hospital employees fear a baby may have been accidentally switched in the hospital nursery.
  • Proving a maternal relationship for immigration
  • Providing life-long peace of mind after returning home from hospital


A legal maternity test works similarly as a legal paternity test. The child’s genetic sample is compared with the sample of the child’s possible mother and a professional DNA analyst examines the samples for evidence of DNA inheritance from mother to child.

EDC coordinates the DNA sample collection at a location near you. The professional collector then compiles all identification, completes paperwork for the maternity test, and sends the package to EDC for testing. Legal maternity test results can be submitted to immigration agencies or courts as legal proof of maternity.

Legal vs. at-home maternity test?

What to consider when selecting a DNA maternity test?

Legal maternity test:

Provides court-ready results that may be used to resolve child support disputes, custody disputes, probate issues and other legal matters. Samples are collected at one of EDC’s conveniently located certified collection facilities insuring proper chain of custody is maintained. A documented chain of custody is required for all tests that may be used for legal purposes.

At-home maternity test:

Referred to as a non-legal maternity test or at-home maternity test. This maternity test is used when you just need or want answers regarding genetic relationships. A pre-paid express envelope is provided so that you may expedite your DNA samples to the lab.

Price and affordability of a legal maternity test?

Legal maternity tests are more expensive than at-home maternity tests as we ensure coordination of DNA collection and other features needed to issue a legal document. Therefore, if you only need the DNA maternity test results to reveal the truth, then an affordable home maternity test is the best choice for you. For additional peace of mind, EDC ensures that:
– The high-quality testing is strictly the same with every DNA test
– Industry-leading features include running every test twice (Duall Process) to ensure the highest accuracy
– Laboratory inspection excellence, proven by 18 perfect inspections of the most rigorous accrediting organisations

Why is EDC the best choice for my legal maternity test?

The caring employees at the EDC laboratories are leaders in efficient DNA test processing and share their expertise together to provide you the best service. In our up-to-date laboratories our fully professional technicians and researchers ensure top-quality standards and service excellence.

We are specialists providing only reliable maternity test results. Our DNA testing results are fast, precise and confidential.

How to order a legal maternity test and get started?

If you are willing to proceed with a legal maternity testing process now and to receive your results as soon as possible, you only need to order your legal maternity test. This is the quickest way to get started and receive your results online. After your order is confirmed and payment is processed, a representative will contact you to schedule the specimen collection or you can select to call us instead. We have more than 1,900 EDC facilities in the US , and contract with more than 13,000 locations globally. We will work with you to find a convenient location for sample collection. Our office is open to assist you Monday through Sunday, 8am – 9pm EST.

Find your local DNA collection facility?

Legal maternity tests require all tested people to have their DNA samples collected by a certified facility (hospitals, health departments, medical offices). One of EDC’s advantages over other companies is that we have the largest network of certified facilites worldwide, so finding a convenient location near you is easy!

Call us now to order a legal DNA maternity test. A scheduling specialist will find an office near you to arrange an appointment. Multiple appointments can be setup in different places.

5 reasons you might need a legal maternity test?

When deciding between a peace-of-mind maternity test and a legal maternity test, it’s essential to consider what you need the results for.  Too many new parents hurry and do an at-home maternity test, thinking the results can be used for legal purposes—but the truth is courts won’t accept those results. Why? Because there’s no way to prove that the samples submitted for testing really belonged to the people whose names are on the report.
With a legal maternity test, results are accepted by the court, because an independent, qualified third-party witness (also known as a DNA Collector) supervises the DNA collection process from beginning to end, including checking participant IDs, witnessing the handling of cheek swabs, completing paperwork, and mailing samples to the lab. That way, the court can be sure samples weren’t fraudulently tampered with. Here are the top 5 reasons why people need to get a legal, chain-of-custody test.

#1 Reason for a Legal Maternity Test: Child Custody and Child Support
#2 Reason for a Legal Maternity Test: Immigration
#3 Reason for a Legal Maternity Test: Inheritance Rights
#4 Reason for a Legal Maternity Test: Death Benefits
#5 Reason for a Legal Maternity Test: The Need to Know our Roots

What are the identity requirements for a legal maternity test ?

When you go to your sample collection appointment, be sure to bring: Photo ID and birth certificate for people being tested.
At your appointment, we will: Take copies of your Photo ID / Birth certificate. Get thumbprints (or for babies we sometimes get footprints) of all people being tested. Take a ‘mug shot’ of all people being tested. Fill out consent forms and other paperwork.

Legal maternity test results delay & how it looks?

We guarantee to have your legal maternity testing results ready within 5-6 days from receipt of samples. A shorter turnaround time of 2 working day can be arranged for an additional charge.

Feel free to consult our results examples here: https://paternitytesting.com/support/dna-results-example/

How accurate is the legal maternity test?

DNA maternity testing is the most accurate method available for determining whether the woman tested is the biological mother of the child tested.

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Our laboratory maintains the confidentiaity of our customer and never discloses personal information or test results without prior client consent. We ensure the highest level of protection of our clients’ privacy and therefore we follow a strict confidentiality policy. We will not disclose your data to anybody without your approval. We will always act according to your instructions concerning communication with you or other individuals involved in your DNA test. We never release DNA test results over the phone.

Is your web site safe and secure?

Shopping with your credit card with Paternitytesting.com is guaranteed to be safe and secure.
We take extensive steps to process thousands of Internet transactions securely and safely. Our secure server software (SSL) is the industry standard for securing credit card transactions over the Internet.
This software encrypts all your personal information into an unrecognizable code that is securely transmitted from you to us. When this encrypted information reaches our secure server, we translate it back to its original form and store it safely offline and inaccessible through the Internet.
To continue our commitment to your security, every credit card processed is run through an address verification process to verify that the card is registered to the billing address on the order.

Can I order over the phone?

Absolutely! We understand it’s sometimes easier to talk to a “real person ” when placing an order. Call us anytime from Monday to Sunday (8:00AM to 9:00PM EST) . We have representatives to assist you in English, Spanish or French and more…

What are the payment options?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover as forms of payment. We have added Paypal as a form of payment as well.

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