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How To Collect A DNA Specimen

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to collect a DNA sample using a collection kit from Journey Genetic Testing. You can also download and print this form if necessary. This is for at-home DNA testing only. Only legal DNA tests can be used in court.

Collecting an at-home DNA sample is super easy! Just remember, there’s no need to stress. It’s designed to be hassle-free, so you can relax while doing it. Trust us, it’s hard to mess up. The kit comes with clear instructions, and you can take your time. You’re in control. So, kick back, follow the simple steps, and have confidence that you’re on your journey to learning the truth through DNA.

A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Collect A DNA Sample

Step 1: Prepare

Gather the kit and wash your hands. Make sure your mouth is free from food, drinks, or gum.

Step 2: Open the Kit

Open the kit carefully. Take out the swabs, making sure not to touch the soft end.

Step 3: Swab Inside Your Cheek

Rub the soft end of the swab gently inside one cheek for about 20-30 seconds. Following these same steps collect DNA with the second swab, Then do the same on the other cheek with the other two swabs.

Step 4: Let it Dry

At this time, once the swabs are dry, place them into the DNA collection envelope provided.

Step 5: Repeat As Needed

You should repeat the above collection instructions for each person testing. Put each person’s DNA into their own envelope.

Step 6: Seal and Send

Seal the envelope with tape. Do NOT lick the envelope closed. Then return it to our lab as instructed.

Step 5: Await Results

You will now wait for your results, which the lab will send to you once they analyze your sample.

That’s it! You’ve collected your DNA sample using a mouth swab.

If you would like to see a video of how a DNA collection is done, please click on DNA Informational Videos.

Have more questions about this process? Click here to view our FAQ section about DNA collections.