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 2493.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and easy My little girl went without a father for two months because he didn't believe he was the father.. I bought this DNA test and within one week my little girl had her daddy back! Thank you!
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life saver! I purchased this test for piece of mind and as a more affordable way of knowing before setting up child support as i am going into the military... the mother of my alleged son said it was a waste of money because she was sure he was mine... it was anything but a waste of money.. this was after her keeping the boy from me, arguing about visitation and causing a great deal of heartache.... the identigene test clearly confirmed that there was zero chance the boy was even related to me... this saved me from pricey court costs and more heartache.... it was such a relief to know the truth finally... i would recommend this easy to use product to anyone who isnt sure...the results were fast, easy to access and understand... kudos on an awesome service and thank god for identigene!
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Peace of mind We had no problem following the simple instructions, creating an account, paying our lab and expedite fees. The confirmation emails seemed a little unprofessional, but no biggie. We got an email that results were ready (on expedited day it was expected, great job) BUT could not log into account to get results. Remember the not-so-professional emails...well sifting through trying to figure out if the account created was through the lab or identigene...anyway it took a good 30 minutes to reset or find log in and passwords... but worth it for the results. Thanks guys no worries..maybe it was me... maybe not, but we appreciate ya!
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick fast and easy We didn't exactly get what we wanted to see but it was very quick and affordable. At least we know now...
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Features I am glad that brought this kit it has changed my Life
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally after years of question... I am a Christian minister and I came across an elderly man through my ministry who had been struggling for years regarding the fatherhood of one of his sons. It was something he had never shared with anyone. There had been many years of doubt and question lingering in his mind. This man was aging and suffering a wasting disease as suspicion had worn many holes in the family dynamic and the question needed to be put to rest once and for all. We realized this was either slaying a dragon or it was opening a can of worms. We weighed the risk and decided to move forward. I was pleased to help him find the truth. I turned to Identigene to help us find the answers. I found the test kit conveniently at a local CVS store. They were professional and courteous and once they had the samples in hand, they were fast. The shipping of the samples was the slowest part of the process. All together it took a week to get the results that were available online. We were so pleased with the outcome of the test. The father's long term suspicions were finally put to sleep as he was pleased to learn that, in fact, this was his son.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fast and easy to do. I bought this a month ago to have because my child's father finally decided that we wanted to take the test. I love how fast and easy it was to do. The I got an email when the received my samples and got the results less than 36 hours later. The only thing that I had an issue with was the wording of the result. Even though the numbers were showing 99.99%. The way it was said " not excluded" as the father had me confused at first. But I called the company and they were very nice to explain to me what that meant. She also said that other people had this same concern. So I'm.wondering if the wording can be changed somehow.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I bought my test the end of October, did swabs on Saturday November 19, 2016 and put them in the outgoing mail on Sunday November 20, 2016, I was so nervous about receiving my results did not know what the outcome was gone be, my results was ready on Wednesday November 30, 2016 online, I am happy with the results I received, now I know the truth and I feel a whole lot better, IDENTIGENE is a great product, if having any doubt or need to ease your mind please use this product
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought it was lost. I submitted my test with their envelope, I waited patiently, I was concerned when I didn't receive an email that they received it. I was really worried. I had assumed it be there in 5 days. It took 16 days to arrive. Once you get the email that it's received, they said the test would be complete within 2 days. It was ready in one day. I'm not at all upset, I'm very happy with my results. My results also dropped a bomb shell with my "new family. Even after being 38 years old, you think you know you are untill you find out there's a whole new culture you belong to. I'm gonna spend my time enjoying learning and about it.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even in separate states Great kit, very friendly staff at the labs. I sent in my portion of the test and had a note in the envelope saying sons sample will come in separately. They emailed asking for info, all they wanted is to verify the other sample was comin. And they would hold mine till it got there, or 60 days. But as soon as they received the second sample I had the results less than two days later. Outstanding kit,
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got what I needed I bought this just to make sure... Test results were scientific and came back real fast. This should be mandatory for all children.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and Inexpensive A week ago I mailed in my test samples and I received the results 8 days later, two days after they received the samples. I'm 25 and for 10+ years I've wondered if the man who raised me was my father, and this test gave me the answer. I'm so grateful to the company for offering a home kit that was affordable. I can't put into words how much it means to have these answers and to know where I come from. Thank you so much!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy This test is very affordable. It gives younstep by step directions..very easy to collect the samples and send in to the lab. Processing was done a day early. Explination of the results were not clear. From the test i took looked like all the numbers for all 3 tested matched..so i was confused on how they determine the results. The explanation made no sence. That could be done better. Also if you have to call to ask a question be prepared to be on hold for over 40 min. I called right at 8:30 am and noone answered untill 915 am!! I had a simple question about drying my sample and took me 45 min to get an answer. Overall great test for donit yourself at home. Saves alot of money!
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast results I bought this kit a week ago. My mom was told by my dads niece that I wasnt his 56 years ago. I lost my mom in 2014 so my dad who us 87 kept saying I might not be his, but it didnt matter. He had a stroke in December and kept telling the nurses and doctors i wasnt his daughter. I'm his only child and I've taken care of him so this really hurt. So my husband bought your kit expedited the results and it was proven i was his daughter 99.9996%. I told my dad and he was so happy our relationship has been great. Thank you so much for me being able to do this at home with your technology. I cant thank you enough.
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, easy service! I was told I could possibly have a daughter, that was 19! I about fell over when I saw her picture, there wasn't much doubt. We decided to do the test at Christmas, and not only do I have a daughter but also two amazing grandkids to start the new year. Worth every penny!
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, It Works... I know that a lot of the people who are reading this were like me. You want answers to a paternity question. You don’t want the process to be difficult. You also want to know that the testing facility is reputable. You have found what you are looking for. The process only took about 30 minutes and that’s because the child in question fought every step of the way lol. The results came back faster than the quoted 2 days. And the testing facility is indeed reputable. My test went to the DDC, which I have already heard of. My results confirmed that I was a dad. It cleared my heart and my conscience. Buy it.
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to know the truth! A girl was lying saying my daughters father- fathered her child as well. This went on for 7 years. After sending in the swabs she went to the extreme to uploading fake results online to prove he was the father. When she did not give him the account information idenigenes made sure he could create his own account and see the REAL results, which were negative. We never think someone is this heartless to lie to a man and even their own child but it happens daily. This was a way to get the results without going through to stressful extreme measures.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Years of doubt put to rest! Very easy to do and fast results! The trust has been broken in my marriage for quite awhile and my son looks nothing like me. Although the results wouldn't change my feelings for my son, I just needed to know the truth. I know that I am not alone in the fact that numerous men are taken advantage of and lied to. I think DNA should be mandatory at birth. I was scared to know the results, but was relieved to finally have confirmation. Thank you identigene for easing my mind.
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Verified with a Lab Test!!!! So I had a situation where I was concerned about paternity after years of not asking any questions. Out of the blue, something occured that made me question it. I took the home test and the results were negative....I was broken. I searched every website I could where people said that the results were wrong because I didn't want to believe that the child was not mine...I decided to take a test with a reputable lab and spent $425 in addition to having paid for the Identigene test. I got the result from Identigene on 1/14/16 and got the results of the second test today 2/3/16. They were exactly the same. I thought before if Identigene is wrong I would try to pursue legal options for emotional distress and expose them as frauds. I would post my email to verify but I don't want a lot of inquiries. Not a cop out, Identigene didn't pay me and I waited until the second test results came before posting anything on here. Seriously, they are 100% accurate. I wish it didn't have to be this way but it will be ok. My family and I will be good and God will correct this all with time. If you are reading my review, this is a company that I didn't trust after I got results I didn't want. I found reviews from people who said they would get a second test and never posted the second test results. I promised myself I would do this to help some one else and if they were wrong I promised I would expose them. Here I am telling you, you can trust them. God bless everyone that is going through this because it is the most grueling experience I've ever been through in my life after falling in love with a child and being a father for years. I wasn't always a good dad but I eventually became one only to find out that I was not the father.
Date published: 2016-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relief Heads up if you're going to do this test and you want fast results you need to overnight your samples to the testing site. It tells you that in the directions of the kit but I saw some people complaining and I figured I'd try to clear that up. I highly recommend taking this if you're unsure you're the father or not. I had a one night stand with a girl who ended up being pregnant with twins. Completely changed my life and the thought of them possibly not being mine drove me crazy. I sent my sample in without the mother knowing.(just swabbed one of the babies and myself) I over nighted it on a Monday and got my results on Wednesday. 99.9% I'm the dad and it has made it so much easier knowing that to accept the kids and love them. Take the test
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy, quick, accurate. My son's father claimed he wanted a test to alleviate any question of paternity in the future. There was no chance of another father but I still felt anxiety as this was not a court ordered lab test with witnesses, it was my first time using such a test, I was unfamiliar with the process and with the results format. The kit very clearly explains how to collect the samples and the website provides helpful tips (writing on the envelopes prior to testing etc.). We submitted all 3 samples (mother/father/child) and I paid for expedited shipping. We had the results less than a week later. The results were very clearly laid out and easy to understand. An added bonus for a science geek - I enjoyed seeing what genes our son got from me and which were from his father. I hope to never need one of these again, but if I did I would go with IdentiGene. As we all knew, the results clearly showed his father was in fact, his father.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ITS 100% ACCURATE I compared Identigene lab results with results from other lab ordered by court and its 100% same. The markers were identical from both test. Just make sure you follow the directions on the instruction and you will get the truth. Worth the money!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use, Hard to understand the results. I got exactly what I wanted out of this product. I found it a little hard to understand the results. When my test was ready to read, it came down as "I was not eliminated from the possibility of paternity." Then said there was a 99% probability of a paternal match. Now maybe it was because I was hoping that my little girl was "my little girl," but this test seemed to be written up as a "gotcha" test. I guess I was looking for more of a "Congrats, you are 99% likely to be the paternal match." Either way, I figured it out, and now I can live on knowing the truth. Amazing times we live in these days.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good I bought 2 tests for 2 different guys and both were negative. Now I know for a fact thatone of those tests were wrong because I know I wasn't with anybody else other than those two people.
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and accurate I don't typically leave reviews but I was initially skeptical of using identigene and ended up being very pleased with the testing. The kit is simple.Swabbing was easily done. We mailed the samples out Tuesday. After mailing them out, I realized that I forgot to mail in the form that came with the kit. I called identigene worried that the forgotten paper would cause problems but the guy was very nice and told me that since I paid online that there wouldn't be any issues. The following Tuesday I got an email saying that they received the samples and the results would be ready the next day after 6 pm. The next day I got an email around 1pm with the results. the results were very clear to read and accurate. I would most definitely recommend Identigene.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super fast results... This was exactly as advertised. Mailed it in and had my results after only one day from when it was received. I highly recommend them if you ever need fast accurate results.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BEST bang for your buck My full process was pretty easy and fast. I would suggest sending your swabs via overnight instead of the free mail it comes with. Wasn't too bad but it did take 7days to get there. After I received notification that they received it I got my results in two days! So 9ndaus full process. I gave 4 stars because in the notification it said I'd have it the very next day bit it was pushed to the next day and I wasn't notified via email. I called customer service though and they were very helpful. Oh and WORTH EVERY PENNY!! My boy I've raised past 6 years is mine for sure now! No more second thoughts.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Im confused about the results I bought this a week ago and the results came 0 %. I dont understand when my kid looks like him. Is there anyway i can take the test again?
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really works- I had to later go to a DNA center... Under certain circumstances, I had to take the DNA test again, which i actually went to an actual lab to take a second test and the answers were the same from IDENTIGENE. I was doubting if the answer would be different since i bought this in Wal-Mart and price was cheaper than actual DNA labs in the area but the same results and the same exact readings came up. I definitely recommend IDENTIGENE for anyone for a better peace of mind.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Easy to Use and Understand! Our son is adopted, and we recently became aware that another man could potentially be his biological father. So, we ordered this paternity test kit, followed the directions, and sent it in. We were updated by email when the samples had been received, as well as when the results were available (which only took two days once the samples were received, as promised). The results were able to concretely clarify our situation. We were extremely happy with the overall process and customer service of this company and its website.
Date published: 2016-07-01
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