Can the test results be used for legal purposes?

LB Genetics offers legally-admissible DNA paternity tests and other family relationship tests, which are performed using strict sample identification and chain-of-custody procedures in accordance with the AABB Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories.  These test results are defensible as evidence in a court of law and are accepted as proof of biological relationship by government or private agencies requiring such verification before granting certain benefits.  These agencies include the Social Security Administration (SSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Armed Forces, and Native American tribal membership committees.  For our legally-admissible DNA tests, participants are identified photographically, written consent is obtained, and samples are collected and processed by neutral parties with no interest in the outcome.

Results of our personal/peace-of-mind DNA tests cannot be used for legal purposes.  This is because, for these tests, the identity of the test participants is not verified, and samples are not collected and/or submitted with a documented chain-of-custody by neutral third parties.  For these reasons, we do not state last names of test participants on our personal DNA test result reports.  Peace-of-mind tests are to be used for personal knowledge only.

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