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Sending DNA Kits to Different Locations

Not all the persons participating in a DNA test may reside at the same address or location. Paternity Depot offers the possibility to have separate DNA paternity testing kits sent to individuals residing at different addresses both within the same country as well as in different ones.

Paternity Depot is a worldwide leader in DNA testing and we handle many cases where the parties to be tested are not located in the same state, province or country. Since we have multiple office locations, we have the ability to ship the kit from the nearest office to the address of destination. This will ensure that the kit will arrive faster to the other location.

The additional kit required will incur a shipping charge which is dependent on the destination of the kit. Each kit issued will have their own unique reference number, and the testing will only commence once all the samples have been received (unless otherwise agreed to). To proceed with this method, go to our Order Form and choose 'Split Kit' or 'International Split Kit' under Shipping

Please note that all swabs used for sample collection kits are double treated with UVC rays at 265nm to ensure long life stability of up to a year for DNA samples.

Your DNA samples are absolutely stabilized during shipping to ensure a precise clinical result thanks to our UVC treatment, all at no extra cost.

Make your own DNA kit (save 20% and a week of time)

How to fast track an order and save even more on your test?

Why wait for several days, or even a week or more depending on local Postal Services for your kit to arrive.

You can start the sample collection NOW and it is easy to do!

You will need:


Mark the name of the person on each envelope into which swab samples will be placed, and indicate the nature of the test (paternity, maternity, siblingship etc.) and also the donor status. For donor status, you could indicate father, mother, child, additional child etc. and write this on the envelopes. It is important to indicate the exact type of tests you wish to do. You can confirm this with the form that you are filling out.

Put the mailing address below on the larger envelope:

Paternity Depot Laboratories

5999 South Park Ave, Suite 130

Hamburg, NY 14075


You can submit discrete samples for one or more of the parties to be tested. This includes such samples as a toothbrush, chewing gum, cigarette butts, earwax, nail clippings, hair with follicles attached, or any other viable source of DNA.

Person being sampled should not eat or drink, other than water, for 30 minutes prior to being sampled. If using a Q-tip, cut off or snap off the cotton swab at one end, leaving only one end with cotton which you will use for swabbing. Be careful not to touch the cotton portion at any time, it's only contact should be with inner surface of the cheeks and mouth of the person being tested.

Likewise discrete samples should not have the DNA portion of them touch your hands, handle them with saran or plastic wrap , not directly with your fingers ,and place them in small paper envelope marked with the name of the donor ,and test purpose, as soon as possible.

Pick up a Q-tip by the shaft and massage the inside of one cheek for about 10 seconds by rubbing up and down. Use a second Q-tip on the other cheek.


Place the Q-tips in the envelope marked with that person's name. Leave the envelope unsealed for at least 30 minutes to allow partial drying of the swab, but do not touch the cotton swab. You may then seal the envelope and place all the envelopes and any document in the slightly larger envelope, which you have addressed to our facility. You will mail or courier the samples over to us.


On receipt of your order by us, you will be sent an order confirmation along with online access information, and the PIN number so that only you can track the progress of the test and view and print out the final result.

Understanding Your Results

We understand that for many clients, this will be their first experience with any kind of DNA testing. We at Paternity Depot have therefore put together this comprehensive guide to assist you in better understanding what your DNA test results are actually telling you

The results in simple terms

The DNA test results will either include or exclude a given person from being biologically related to another person. In paternity testing, the tested putative father is father is excluded as being the biological father when he shares an insufficient number of genetic markers with the child; in this case the probability of paternity reads 0% in your result. When alleged father and child share a sufficient number of genetic markers, he is "included" as the biological father; the probability of paternity in this case reads 99.99%.

The combined paternity index or CPI

The Combined Paternity Index (CPI) is a scientific algorithm used for DNA comparisons. When a given person's DNA undergoes analysis, the scientists examine what are referred to as the genetic Loci or very specific locations on their genetic makeup. These loci help accurately confirm or exclude the genetic relationship between the people tested. Paternity Depot analyses 16 genetic loci in order to run a complete and scientifically valid DNA test which adheres to international testing standards. The actual CPI of a test subject is the coincidence, or similarity level, of one person's 16 genetic markers in comparison with another. It is done by multiplying all 16 paternity indexes that are derived for every one of the 16 genetic loci we test. Using these values we can proceed to calculate the probability of paternity. This figure expresses how many times more likely the alleged biological father is the real father of the child when compared with an untested male in his same ethnic group. In this way DNA tests can positively determine genetic relationships to a startling accuracy of 99.99999% when testing for paternity.

Your DNA test results

During the DNA analysis at our laboratories, the loci required will be extracted, amplified and examined using a process of analysis known as PCR or polymerase chain reaction. This biochemical technology in molecular biology enables us to work with very small DNA samples and provide highly accurate results.

On the actual DNA test report sent to our clients, there will be two columns. On the left hand portion of the report will be the actual loci tested – all 20 of them. For each Loci identified, there are two numbers presented. For example, if the child's numbers for a particular locus are 12 and 14, the number 12 size loci will be inherited from one side (maternal or paternal) and the other number 14 from the other (paternal or maternal). Paternity Depot will be able to determine which locus was inherited from which parent by comparing the profiles of two or more people. Thus, if the alleged father has numbers 14 and 2 for the same locus, we can conclude that the child inherited the number 14 locus from the father and the 2 from the mother.

Contact us for more information.