Do you have questions about who your mother is?

A DNA test can confirm the biological relationship between a mother and child. Maternity testing follows the same process as paternity testing.

A maternity DNA test is often useful in cases where:

  • A child has been separated from mom because of adoption.
  • There’s a concern that baby was switched at birth.
  • Parents want to confirm the right embryo was implanted into the right mother during IVF procedures.
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Does the father need to be tested?

No, the father does not need to be tested in maternity DNA tests to have results as accurate as 99.99%

What if the mother isn’t available?

If the mother is alive but unavailable for a mouth swab, a sample can be submitted for forensic testing analysis from material containing her DNA such as tissues or pillows.

If the mother has passed away, we can help you determine maternity by testing her relatives, potential aunts and uncles or grandparents. Read our relationship testing page to learn more.

Do you need private or legal DNA testing?

There are two types of DNA tests available: legal and private. Our fully accredited laboratory follows the same rigorous high quality standards when processing both legal and private cases; the only difference is in the documentation procedures at the time of collection.

Legal, court-admissible cases require a chain of custody of the sample, which must be drawn from an approved Canadian DNA Services collection site. When DNA test results will be used for legal purposes, such as child support, social security, or custody matters, Legal DNA tests are required. Legal testing requires scheduling a collection appointment.

Private DNA tests provide the same information as a legal DNA test; but they are not intended for use in a court of law and are not considered court-admissible. They do not have special collection requirements and can be collected in the privacy of your home.

Legal DNA tests

If you need a legal DNA test done, you can choose to come into one of our convenient testing locations across Canada or have a mobile unit sent to your home or work. During the collection process, the individuals tested are positively identified through photographs and government-issued identification. Certified DNA specialists collect the DNA by doing a simple and painless mouth swab from the inside of the cheek. All information is documented on a Chain of Custody, which ensures all test results are accredited and legally admissible.

Once received at our laboratory, your results will be ready within 5 to 7 business days, or for an additional $100.00 you can add a rush analysis which ensures your results are completed within 3 to 5 business days.

If you have further questions, please view the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact a Certified DNA Specialist toll-free at 1-877-477-5661.

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