How the IDENTIGENE DNA Paternity Test Works

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) to 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

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, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, or

What's in the Box

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

  • Participant Instructions (English/Español)
  • 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.

If you have any questions about your DNA Paternity Test, please contact us (Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM ET).