Paternity Testing for New York State

New York Paternity Tests

Identigene New York DNA paternity test kits provide a fast, convenient, and cost—effective option for those with paternity questions. IDENTIGENE designed the first DNA Paternity Test Kit approved by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)that is available at your local drug store.

New York at home paternity testing requires authorization (authorizing agents may be a doctor or lawyer), and the collection process must be witnessed by a “disinterested third-party” (the collector). This collection process is the same one used for court-admissible paternity testing in other states.

How a New York Paternity test works

1.Purchase the Identigene Paternity Test Kit

You can purchase the Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit for New York Residents at your local drug store.  Find the paternity test kit at CVS, Rite Aid or Walmart.

What’s in the Box

The Paternity Test Kit for New York Residents includes the following:

  • Participant Instructions
  • Order and Authorization Form
  • A sealed collection kit with the following:
    • Collector Instructions
    • Chain-of-Custody Form (1 per person)
    • Sample Envelopes (1 per person)
    • Cheek Swabs (3 per person)
    • Postage-paid Return Mailer

1. Get Testing Authorization

Your doctor or attorney (licensed in New York State) can provide authorization for paternity testing. Fill out the Order Form with your name and payment information and then take it to your doctor or attorney to sign.  Call IDENTIGENE for help finding a doctor or collection site near you.

2. Collect DNA Samples

A Collector must witness the DNA sample collection using the enclosed Cheek Swabs.  The Collector can be your doctor or lawyer or an IDENTIGENE collection site (call IDENTIGENE for help finding a collection site near you).

Bring a copy of your photo ID (or a recent photo) to the collection appointment.  The Collector will open the sealed collection kit.  With the Collector, fill out one Chain-of-Custody form and one Sample Envelope for each person being tested.  Use the included Cheek Swabs to collect a DNA sample.

3. Send DNA samples to Identigene

The Collector will seal up the DNA samples, the Chain-of-Custody forms,  and the Order and Authorization Form in the Postage-paid Return Mailer and send directly to IDENTIGENE.

4. Get Paternity Test Results

In just 2 days after samples arrive at the laboratory, results are mailed to the doctor or lawyer who signed the paternity test authorization. If you would like to access your results online, make sure that you provide a username and password on the Order Form.


    • Leslie Bryant says

      Thank you for contacting Identigene. You can obtain your results by logging onto our website or by contacting us by phone.

      Due to our privacy policy we do not email or mail results. You can view and print your results from our website at your username will be the entire email address on your case and the password is the results password you created. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us 1-888-404-4363 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. E.T. and we will be happy to assist you.

    • Meisha says

      Good afternoon Lissy,
      We would be more than happy to assist you with locating collectors in New York. This would be easiest to address by calling us at 888-404-4363 and talking to a DNA consultant over the phone. We look forward to hearing from you.

  1. Mike says

    Do I need to get a Doctor’s authorization and find a collector if I am only using the results for personal use?

    • Meisha says

      Good afternoon Mike,
      If you are a New York Resident: New York State has different testing requirements than other states. Due to the restrictions set by the New York State, you need to go through an Authorizing Agent (doctor or an attorney) to complete a DNA test. You also will need to have your samples collected by a disinterested third party which most of the time can be the same Authorizing Agent.

      If you have any additional questions or concerns, or are interested in starting a test, please feel free to contact us 888-404-4363 and we will be happy to assist you.

  2. Osvel Romero says

    Hi I need a dna and my girlfriend want to know if I’m the Father of our baby girl. ..we had a falling out around time of pregnancy and want to be certain…we live in nyc…can we have this done here?

    • Identigene says

      Hi, Osvel! Because you live in New York, you must first have approval by a doctor or attorney before your test can be performed. Please contact our Client Services team at 888-404-4363 (M-F from 9 am – 6 pm Eastern Time) and they can assist you.

  3. Linda says

    Could you please tell me if two half sister’s with different mothers test to make sure we are related our father passed away a year and a half ago no other living sibling on his side I am his daughter and would like to know if she is also I live in Texas she lives in new Zealand thanks Linda Brown

    • cengerman says

      Hi, Linda. Yes, we can definitely help. What you need to do is contact our Client Support Team at 888-404-4363 (M-F, 8 AM to 5 PM for most of Texas, where you’re from). One of our experts can send collection materials to wherever they need to go, including New Zealand.

      Here’s what will most likely happen: You and your potential sister would need to submit samples, as would each of your mothers. Because you and your sister each get 50% of your DNA from mom and 50% from dad, our scientists will be able to determine if you share a sibling relationship via process of elimination. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to give you more details.

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