DNA Kinship Testing

In situations where the parents are unavailable or other familial relationships need to be proven, a kinship test may be conducted. Kinship tests branch out beyond the parent-child relationship and test other related individuals such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle. This test may be requested for immigration and sponsorship purposes, but may also be utilized for tribal enrollment purposes as well.

Each tribe may have a unique process to determine kinship for tribal enrollment purposes; though, the concept is often the same. Any individual who would like to enroll as a member of the tribe under kinship admittance will need to conduct a DNA test. DNA from the prospective member will be collected and compared with the DNA from an existing member of the tribe. The DNA results may confirm a common ancestry and, if the similarities are within the standards set by the tribe, they may allow enrollment in the tribe. Contact the tribe directly and discuss their procedure for enrollment before initiating a DNA test.


Our experts have been trained in strict custody and control procedures for collections to ensure that your samples arrive to the lab safely and without possible cross-contamination. Our certification and adherence to laboratory collection guidelines allows the results you receive to be legally admissible in court proceedings and other disputes.


  1. Bring identification—Government-issued photo identification is necessary to commence any legally admissible collection.
  2. Know which parties must be tested—in many situations the agency may request several members of the family not just a parent and child. Check your request to make sure you aren’t forgetting someone!
  3. Clothing and appearance—Photos must be taken of all parties tested. You may be required to remove hats, glasses, or to adjust hairstyles that partially obstruct the view of the face.
  4. All relevant documents—If a court or agency has requested that you conduct a DNA test, bring the request and any accompanying paperwork including where to send the results and your case’s identifying number.


  • Consent—Consent of a legal guardian of any person under the age of 18 is required. No adult samples may be taken or tested without consent. Parties ordered by a court to conduct a DNA test who refuse at the time of collection may be subject to penalties by the court. All persons tested must be present at time of collection (samples may not be taken at home and brought in).
  • Collection—Once your identity has been verified, the collection process begins with a little paperwork. Then photos will be taken of all parties tested and then samples will be collected using a swab inside the cheek. Once all samples have been safely secured in the collection envelope, you will be asked to sign/initial to verify that the sample in the container is yours. Once the collection process begins, in order to be legally admissible, you may not leave the collection site until the sample has been sealed and initialed. Depending on the number of parties tested, the collection process may take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour in rare cases to complete.

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