What is a DNA paternity test?

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is the genetic material you inherit from your mother and father. Paternity refers to fatherhood. A DNA paternity test uses DNA, usually taken from a cheek swab, to determine whether a man is the child’s biological father.

How accurate is a DNA paternity test?

DNA paternity tests are extremely accurate. A test can show with 99.9% accuracy if a man isn’t a person’s biological father.

Why do people need DNA paternity tests?

Establishing paternity can be important for several reasons. It can help:

  • Gain legal rights to child support, child custody, Social Security benefits and inheritance.
  • Identify links to genetic conditions that can affect your long-term health.

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