HomeDNA™ Paternity

America's #1 selling paternity test -- fast, accurate, and confidential.

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America’s #1 selling paternity test!

With more than 23 years’ experience and millions of satisfied customers, it is easy to see why the HomeDNA Paternity Test (formerly IDENTIGENE®) is America’s most trusted DNA test when the truth matters. Get the kit and see for yourself why more people choose us for paternity testing and DNA testing services.

This kit is available to purchase only from retailers—either in-store or online. Click FIND A STORE (above) to locate a retailer near you. Price shown includes kit + lab fee.

  • Accuracy guaranteed
  • Confidential (securely encrypted online access)
  • Test is for one (1) child + one (1) possible father + the biological mother (mother’s participation optional, but recommended)
  • Choose at-home or legal testing
  • Results available online or by mail

Kit Contents:

  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Payment form
  • Cheek swabs for DNA collection (possible father, child, biological mother - optional)
  • Storage envelopes for DNA samples
  • Postage-paid envelope for returning samples to the lab (U.S. customers only)

Results Back:

  • In just two (2) days after receipt of samples at the lab. 1-day and same-day results available for an additional fee



HomeDNA Paternity, formerly IDENTIGENE®, is America’s #1 paternity test. This bestselling DNA test provides fast, accurate, and confidential paternity results in just one business day once samples arrive at our lab. HomeDNA is the affordable, trusted answer that you need, and it's easy!


  • Peace of mind knowing who the father is
  • Dual Process™ testing means every saliva sample is tested two times by separate lab teams to guarantee results accuracy
  • Fast turn-around time—only two (2) business days to get an answer
  • Results review and sign-off by a trained PhD

Test Results Include:

  • A complete report detailing whether the possible father tested is included or excluded

When using the kit for legal purposes, such as child support or child custody, testing requires a witnessed sample collection. Call 800-344-9583 prior to opening your kit for detailed instructions.

For faster processing, use the online test registration at DNAtesting.com after you receive your kit.

1-day and same-day results are also available for an additional fee.

This item is NOT for New York Residents.

New York Residents: The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) requires a doctor (or lawyer) authorization and a witnessed collection (additional fees apply) for all in-state paternity tests. Paternity testing at home is not allowed.

The Science

The Science

The Science Behind the Test

Extracting the DNA

Genetic scientists and technicians use many methods to extract DNA from cells. All methods use three basic steps:

  1. Lysing (breaking open) the cells
  2. Separating the DNA from the rest of the cell
  3. Collecting the pure DNA in a single sample, ready for testing

Using a special chemical process, we break open the collected cells. This separates the DNA from the nucleus and leaves the scientist with a liquid that contains DNA along with other cell parts not needed for testing, such as proteins and lipids. We then separate the DNA from the other cell parts using sophisticated robotics.

The extraction robot uses more chemicals to transfer the DNA mixture to tiny silica-based nano-beads (one billionth of a meter in size); the DNA sticks to the beads while the other cell parts are washed away.

The final step, the elution step, removes the DNA from the beads. The robot collects the pure DNA, which is now ready for the next step in the paternity testing process.

PCR: Amplifying (Copying) the DNA

The DNA scientist puts the extracted DNA into a special solution containing primers. Like toner in a biological copy machine, primers find and make copies of the DNA sample-just those specific regions that we need for a paternity test.

The copy process begins by separating the double-stranded DNA-simply by turning up the heat. As the solution cools, the primers bind to single-stranded DNA, making two copies of the original. We repeat this process (heating and cooling the DNA and the primers) 28 times, making millions of copies of tiny DNA fragments that can now be detected and viewed by a special machine called a genetic analyzer.

Scientists refer to this ‘biological copy machine’ process as Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR.

Measuring DNA for Paternity Testing

The complete PCR process makes copies of 16-18 Genetic Systems (sometimes called markers or loci) to make one DNA Profile: 15-17 markers useful for paternity and one (1) gender marker (used for test-participant verification). Each individual person has different sizes or lengths of DNA fragments at each Genetic System. Special software measures the different sizes of the DNA sections, represented by two numbers (alleles) at each Genetic System on your paternity test report. We then use this information to answer your paternity question.

Paternity Test Reporting

A child’s DNA Profile is always a combination of half the father’s markers and half the mother’s markers. If the tested (possible) father does not share matching markers with the child, then the tested man is excluded as the biological father (he is not the father). If the DNA Profiles do match, the father is not excluded (he is the father) and the probability of paternity is reported (typically greater than 99.99%).

How It Works

How It Works

5 Easy Steps to Get your HomeDNA Paternity Analysis + Report

  1. BUY KIT: Order your complete DNA test through our online store today or check for a store near you that carries the DNA collection kit
  2. REGISTER KIT: Go online to HomeDNA.com and register your kit’s barcode
  3. COLLECT DNA: Use the cheek swabs found in the kit to collect the DNA from all participants and mail the samples to our lab
  4. ANALYZE DNA: You will receive an email when your samples arrive at our fully-accredited lab 
  5. RECEIVE REPORT: You will receive an email in (2) business days that your report has been uploaded to your secure online account and is ready for viewing. Want results even faster? 1-day and same-day results are available for an additional fee

Mailing time: If using the postage-paid envelope included in the kit, please allow 7-10 business days for samples to arrive at the lab. For faster mailing time, you're welcome to send samples via first-class mail or courier service.

If you need results for court: Results from testing using this at-home kit are not court-admissible. If you need testing for legal reasons, do not open the kit, and please contact us directly at 800-344-9583. 



Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Purchase the kit at participating retailers
  2. Register your paternity test kit online by using our test setup OR fill out the included order form and send it in with your sample envelopes
  3. Fill out the DNA sample envelope information for each participant. Write each participant's name, date of birth, race description, and (if applicable) their relationship to the other participants on the sample envelope.
Collect DNA samples by rubbing swabs on the inside of the cheek to gather cells. Cheek swabs are convenient and safe for participants of any age, including infants. Each participant should use three swabs and place them in the corresponding sample envelope provided.
Once each participant's DNA is collected, send your samples and order form (if you did not use online test setup) to the lab using the prepaid envelope included, your own envelope or an express courier like FedEx.

If you are testing for legal purposes, such as child support, child custody, immigration, or estate planning, you definitely need a court-admissible test. Courts will not accept test-results where DNA was collected at home because the identity of the participants cannot be verified. If you think you may ever need results for legal reasons (even if you may not right now), then it may be a better choice than at-home testing.

Give us a call at 888-404-4363 to arrange for legal testing with court-admissible results.

Whether for legal or personal purposes, the DNA test results and testing are the same. When testing for legal reasons, a third-party must witness the DNA collection process and verify the identity of each person being tested. Purchasers of the DNA test kit sold at drug stores qualify for a discounted test price for legal purpose testing.

Learn more about legal paternity testing, or contact us for more help and information.

Please note that New York State requires all paternity testing to be authorized by a doctor or lawyer and collected by a disinterested third party. Thus, all New York State paternity cases meet the requirements for court-admissible testing.

Learn more about paternity testing for New York state residents.

There are no age restrictions for DNA test participants. When collection is performed by an adult as directed, the cheek swabs are even safe for infants.

Paternity test results usually take two (2) business days from the time that all samples arrive at the laboratory, as long as no recollection or additional testing is needed. If you chose 1-day or same-day results, your report will be posted accordingly. Other tests, like grandparent, sibling, or aunt/uncle tests, may take up to two (2) weeks.

If you included an email address on your paperwork, you will be notified once samples arrive at the lab. You will receive another notification once results are ready to view. Once the report has been posted, you can log in to view your results using the email address associated with the case or the case reference number and the password you selected for your case.

IMPORTANT: You cannot log in to your account until you are notified that your results are posted.

If you need assistance, feel free to call us at 800-344-9583, M-F from 8:30a to 5:30p ET.

We have a special paternity test kit for New York State. New York has a different paternity-testing process than other states that requires a doctor or a lawyer to first authorize the DNA test. DNA collection and submission must then be supervised by an approved witness. Call us at 800-344-9583, Monday through Friday from 8:30a - 5:30a ET, with any questions or to assist in finding a doctor in your area. You can also visit our paternity testing for New York state residents page.

We strongly recommend including the biological mother in a paternity test because her participation can strengthen the paternity test result. Occasionally, the mother is needed to get a conclusive result and we may contact you to request the mother's DNA sample.

For detailed information, see Why Test The Mother?

Very often, paternity can still be determined by testing relatives of the possible father, such as the possible father's parents. Testing can also be done for a brother or sister of the child or a brother or sister of the possible father. For guidance regarding this type of testing, please call us at 800-344-9583, Monday-Friday, 8:30a-5:30 ET.

About This Brand

About This Brand

HomeDNA empowers you with valuable information contained in your own DNA. This targeted selection of easy, at-home genetic tests will help you make better health and wellness choices and provide important answers about family relationships both past and present. Brought to you by DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), this innovative product line includes:

  • HomeDNA Ancestry Analysis + Report
  • Home DNA Healthy Weight Analysis + Report
  • HomeDNA Paternity Analysis + Report (formerly Identigene®)
  • HomeDNA Skin Care Analysis + Report

Established in 1995, DDC was founded on the belief that technological advancements in DNA testing should translate to services that are accessible and affordable to everyone. We have built an international reputation based on our commitment to reliability, innovation, and value by offering DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, animal breeders and veterinarians, and how wellness-inspired consumers. DDC's laboratory in Fairfield, Ohio is nationally and internationally recognized through multiple accreditations.

As an industry leader in DNA testing we offer:

  • A fully-accredited laboratory with state-of-the-art technology and robotics to ensure accuracy
  • A large team of expert PhDs to conduct results screening, testing, and research
  • A secured facility with established screening protocols to guarantee privacy and security

For over 20 years, we have earned the trust of our customers by carefully handling more than 10 million DNA samples. Your sensitive DNA test results always remain confidential, and we will not sell your personal data to third parties. DDC is the DNA testing laboratory trusted around the world.

HomeDNA™ Paternity is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 2404.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable I was accused of being a the father of a child January 18th. I was refereed by a friend to get a reliable cost effective paternity test (Identigene). I purchased and, mailed the test off January 27th hoping for a speedy response. I received the result February 2, saying I was excluded from being the biological father. The biological mother insisted this test was wrong and took me for child support, meaning I had to take another paternity test. This process was delayed and I did not receive the results until April 20. This "official" test also read that I was excluded, with the exact same results as Identigene. I would recommend this product because its fast reliable and cost effective. Thank you identigene.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing directions The directions recommended i create an onlibe account which i did. The directions however contradicted the mail in instructions creating some confusion. After waiting more than two weeks i called customer service and learned that i had not been sogned up for text alerts despite my filling out information to do so. The customer service representative was very friendly and fixed it for me but ultimately i never received any alert, via email or text, about the status of my results. I found out a week after my resukts were ready when i got the email to submit this review. The rsults were clear but this service was not as efficient ad it should be.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Inaccurate Results I purchased the test. We tested the baby and my son. I mailed in the sample. My son was excluded according to Indentigene. The mother filed a paternity suit. My son was required to take a DNA test. The test indicated he is the father. Indentigene says the results are 100% accurate, but blames their errors on "samples". You have no way to prove what you sent in to them. At the most, I would only do the court admissible test.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Misleading a little Bought this product based on the package advertising results in 2 days. Well, that is not quite accurate...in that it takes 7-10 BUSINESS days for them to supposedly receive it plus the two days processing, etc. Now, I firmly believe that if I would've paid the extra $30 in house RUSH fee...that my materials wouldn't have taken this long. I can't figure out why it takes so long for them to receive the package when I can mail something across country that can get there in 3 days!!! Just a shame to make people wait so long for an answer to an question that is obviously causing enough stress as it is!! Other than this? Was happy with the results!
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great! I bought this product hoping to get some piece of mind about the paternity of my alleged son. I am glad I did, because the results were quick, and it was not very expensive even with the lab fee included. I received my results directly by email. Although my results were shocking, I would definitely use this again. If you need the results to hold up in court, Identigene can also help you with that as well, but it cost more. If you need to get an answer quickly, this is the way to go.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the answer This test will finally and completely give you the answer to any paternity doubts or questions you have and I guarantee it will give you the peace of mind you need to sleep at night knowing for a fact if the child is yours or not/his or not. This test has given completely new meaning to my life and I cried tears of joy upon reading the results...exactly as I thought but I had to be sure...%99.9999999 probability of paternity (the highest possible). I recommend identigene to everyone who is in a situation where paternity is at question and the phone staff are so great and friendly, it just makes the experience so much less stressful if you can imagine that.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty satisfied My alleged father and myself did this as a second test, after doing the first one at a dna testing facility. First one was negative and well we were very much disappointed, no words to describe the deception we both felt. So we went for round two with a home kit, it was inexpensive and we really hoped the first one was wrong, but it wasn’t. Our second dna test came back negative, he is not my father. So I think it’s time to move on from that but I think this home kit dna test is accurate. I just had high hopes and I think that makes me still wonder, what if.. but overall it’s a good deal, convenient price and it gets the job done.
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate Result I am pleased and happy that the answer my kid's father been asking for has been answered. At first I didn't want to go through with the test not because I felt as though he wasn't my kids father but because I didn't feel the need to prove this to him but for him to deny his own child and believe two brown skin people cannot make a light skin baby was impossible. Thank you to the DNA kit we was able to get the answer that I've been telling him for 4 years. Ladies if you feel as though it's not worth it, it actually is and I encourage females that are going through what I went through- go ahead and go for it. Trust me it's worth it!
Date published: 2018-05-25
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