Peace of Mind (POM) vs. Legal Testing
| ||POM ||LEGAL |
|Type of Samples ||Buccal or blood FTA card ||Buccal or blood FTA card |
|Can I use samples other than buccal or blood FTA card? ||Yes ||No |
|Collection of Samples ||You take your own samples at your convenience using our easy-to-use kit ||RPC will contact you to make arrangements for legal sample collection in your area |
|Photos and/or identification required? ||No ||Yes -- a passport sized photo is required for each donor (affixed to the paperwork) and the collector will request to see identification. |
|Accepted by courts and government departments? ||Not likely ||Yes |
|Testing time ||5 business days from the time we have all samples and paperwork at the laboratory; 48 hour express testing is available for an additional fee ||5 business days from the time we have all samples and paperwork at the laboratory; 48 hour express testing is available for an additional fee |
|Cost ||Starting at $299 ||Starting at $399 |
Important information to consider before deciding between a POM or a legal test
You must decide prior to starting your DNA test if you wish to have the results for legal purposes (for use in a court of law, for a government department, etc.) or for your own peace of mind.
For a peace of mind test, we mail you the swabs and all the necessary paperwork. At your convenience, you collect the samples, complete the paperwork, and return the completed kit to us. As a result, there is no chain of custody and these results may not be accepted for legal purposes.
For a legal test, we do not send the swabs to you. Instead, you must attend a collection with an approved service provider, as well as produce photo identification. The collector then sends the samples and paperwork directly to our laboratory. Thus, a proper chain of custody is maintained on the samples and these results will be accepted for legal purposes.
RPC will contact you to make arrangements for sample collection in your area. Because of the difference between the two types of tests and how samples are collected, you cannot upgrade from a peace of mind test to a legal test after the fact.
Please do not hesitate to contact us
to discuss which type of test is more appropriate for your situation.