Where to Buy Over the Counter Home DNA Testing

by Michael Jones ; Updated November 28, 2017

Buying and administering your own DNA test isn't difficult at all. You can even go to your local pharmacy and purchase a test kit for a cheap price. When you're buying the kit, you want to know what you're using it for. If it's for your personal information, you won't need any other parties to be involved. If it is for legal reasons, you'll need a witness and have to follow other rules.

Local Store Bought DNA Test

A home DNA testing kit is easier to come across than you may think. Your local Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and many more stores all carry kits. Prices can range anywhere from less than a hundred dollars to several hundred dollars. Store bought DNA tests themselves may be as little as $30, but then you'll have to pay a laboratory fee that is usually around $100. You'll administer the test, package your items according to the kit's directions, and send them to the laboratory that has a contract with the product. Expect to get your result within three to five business days.

The Genetic Testing Laboratories

You can go to The Genetic Testing Laboratories' website and order a DNA test that fits your needs. You will find more testing-kit options than you would find at your local pharmacy. It provide tests for reasons such as ancestral origin, siblingship, missing parents and many more. It offers both informational and legal DNA testing, and all tests and results are delivered confidentially via FedEx.

Genetica DNA Laboratories

This is one of the first commercial DNA testing companies in the country, providing quality testing to health-care professionals, embassies and private individuals around the world. You can go to its website and order from a selection of many different tests. It also offers consultation if you call in. You'll find twin zygosity tests as well as grandparentage tests for a few hundred dollars. It also offers a 48-hour turnaround on its parentage tests.

DNA Testing Center of America

For those seeking a quick paternity test, DNATCA's home testing kit will give conclusive answers in just three business days. You can order a kit online or call the laboratory on 877-714-6360. The laboratory also provides ancestry kits to help you trace your ancestral origins, and an immigration testing package which is recognized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For the full list of options, visit DNATCA's website.

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About the Author

Michael Jones reported campus news stories for The University of Southern California's student newspaper, "The Daily Trojan," for four years before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He has since gone on to write for several publications both in America and abroad and has an idiosyncratic knack for translating the most intricate tasks into layman speak.