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What You Get When You Buy a DNA Test at CVS

CVS offers what seems to be a low cost drugstore DNA test kit. Did you know that when you buy one it will actually cost you quite a bit more money? You can get one of our online DNA tests for?  CVS offers Identigene ® or HomeDNA ® (they are the same company) home DNA kits. At first glance they seem like like a cheap and easy choice.  However, all you are getting is a box with some paperwork, envelopes, and mouth cotton swabs.

Did you know that lab processing fees are not included when you buy a DNA kit from CVS. When you send your samples to have them tested, you must pay additional money to complete the lab analysis. If you want to overnight your samples, which you should, that cost will be at your own expense. Our DNA test kits include free priority shipping both ways, all lab processing fees, and results in 1-2 days.

The tests in a CVS drugstore are for curiosity paternity testing results only. This means if you are looking for a CVS sibling DNA test, a CVS grandparent DNA test, a CVS aunt or uncle DNA test, or a CVS Twin Zygosity test to test your twins to see if they are identical or fraternal, you can’t use the kit you just bought. A CVS pharmacy DNA kit may seem to save you money up front, but when compared to us, you will find it’s not the most accurate or affordable choice.

How Does a DNA Test Kit From CVS Work?

Remember, what you are buying at CVS is a only a boxed collection kit. The store employees will be aware that you are purchasing a paternity test. If you want to do the test with total privacy, please keep that in mind. The kit includes the swabs you need to take a DNA sample from yourself, or someone else, consent forms that are required for a paternity test (so you can not do the testing discreetly), and envelopes to put your swabs in.

The process involves taking a cheek swab from inside the mouth. Once you collect your sample, the kit will contain a shipping envelope or box for you to send your DNA to the testing lab. These may be pre-addressed for your convenience, but no overnight prepaid shipping is included to keep your DNA samples fresh. The kits require you to register the kit online before they can process it, so it’s recommended you do that before sending your sample to them. The lab processes the sample and then releases the results.

How Does a DNA Test Kit From Journey Genetic Testing Work?

You may purchase the DNA kit for the test of your choice online 24/7. Your payment method is never recorded by us, for your total security and privacy. Your DNA collection kit is included in the cost of test. You are not limited to paternity testing with one of our test kits. Included in the kit is priority shipping to you (tracking provided by email), all collection materials, and a prepaid overnight return label. Getting your DNA samples to the lab as quickly as possible it important to keep them viable. All costs are included and there are no surprises. You can choose to keep your testing private and discreet, or use your real name. Since this is a private DNA test report, it is for your personal information and use only.

The DNA collection is by mouth swab, and it painless and quick. Unlike drugstore DNA kits, if you need to test something else than a mouth swab, like a toothbrush or hair, you can select that option when you order. We also offer the option of doing testing without any kit arriving at your home, if you use our Make Your Own Kit option. You can learn more about that by clicking MYOK.

if you have already purchased a CVS DNA test, or a DNA collection kit from another lab, we can still process your samples using the MYOK option above. If you live in the U.S.A. we will also provide you with a prepaid overnight label to return your samples to our lab.

How Long Does A CVS At-Home DNA Test Take?

A DNA test from CVS generally have a much longer timetable for the entire process. While the collection of cheek swabs literally take less than a minute, per person. the extended time is due to the processing method, with many factors involved in how long that takes. Some of these are:

  • How long the post office takes to deliver the sample. The usual time for first class mail is now 5-7 days. That’s a long time for DNA samples to be in transit after they are collected.
  • The initial registration and processing time. If you didn’t register your kit by providing lots of private information, you will need to do so at this point, along with your payment for lab fees being processed prior to testing, and that can take additional time. Also because these test kits may have a lower priority, your DNA specimens may not go right into testing.
  • The time it takes to run the samples. Processing of samples from a drugstore kit, depending on the test, can take up to 6 weeks before you get a result.

How Long Does A Journey Genetic Testing Home DNA Test Take?

When you choose to have your DNA test done by us, we want work hard to make certain you have your results in the quickest time frame possible. You can order online 24/7 in total privacy. No driving to the store, no judgment from the cashier or pharmacy aide, when you check out. Your kit is shipped USPS Priority mail in a non-descript envelope, All collection materials needed are included in our test kits, There are no additional lab processing fees to pay. We also include a prepaid overnight FedEx label for returning your samples to us.

If you need to test someone who does not live close, we can send a second kit to them with the same overnight mailer, which you can’t do with a drugstore DNA kit. You don’t need to register our kit, just collect the mouths swab and return them to the lab. Once all DNA samples have been received we will have your results in 1-2 business days, depending on the test. Our process is more private, secure, and faster than a CVS DNA kit. If you want to order a DNA test kit from us just go to Order A DNA Test now.

How Much Is a DNA Test at CVS?

Costs for a DNA test at a CVS may vary, due to their location. It important to remember is that what you are paying for in the store is typically just for the collection kit itself. In most cases, As we have explained, processing and lab fees are extra, and will be considerably more expensive than the kits. When deciding if you want to purchase one, be sure to consider all the additional costs.

Right now, CVS is selling only one DNA test which is for paternity only and costs $26.99, plus a lab fee of $139.00. This is from HomeDNA (formerly IDENTIGENE). Both HomeDNA and IDENTIGENE are owned by DNA Diagnostics, which is now owned by Eurofins. This kit requires a cheek swab from both the child and the possible father. Consent forms are required.

It is important to be aware that a DNA sample collected with a home DNA kit will not be admissible in court . If you need a paternity test for court or other reasons, there is a specific process that is required having a trained DNA collector and chain of custody involved. If you buy a CVS DNA test kit, even if you go to a professional collector, it cannot be used. This is due to AABB regulations that a DNA kit, or supplies, can never be in the possession of the person taking the test, or a family member.

This is also a very important thing to know about the HomeDNA paternity test available at CVS. New York State residents are not allowed to use this DNA kit, even for personal knowledge testing.

How Much Is a DNA Test From Journey Genetic Testing?

We offer many other DNA testing options compared to CVS, which means the cost of each test may be different. Our prices for testing are low, the number of genetic markers we test is much higher (up to 46 markers if needed), and we guarantee your results to be 100% accurate. Here is the current cost of our testing. If you want to know more, just click on the test you are interested in and you will be taken to an information page about that test.

Type Of TestCVS CostOur Cost
Paternity Test$26.99 + $129 lab fee$109
Maternity TestNot available$119
Sibling DNA TestNot available$129
Grandparent DNA TestNot available$129
Aunt/Uncle DNA TestNot available$129
Identical Twin DNA TestNot available$109

Which DNA Test Option Is The Best For You?

Remember that you might think it is cheaper and easier to get a DNA test kit from a local CVS pharmacy, but before you do just think:

CVS DNA Tests are more expensive –  lab fees are not included in the kits which can be a lot more expensive.

The only thing you are getting with a DNA test kit from CVS is a box with swab and some envelopes. Not really worth the cost.

We provide priority shipping of your kit and we pay to have your DNA overnighted to the laboratory.

A CVS drugstore kit can only be used for paternity test without a guarantee of accuracy.

Our DNA tests are finalized in just 1-2 business days and the results are emailed the same day the results are completed.

Click here to learn about all the DNA tests we offer, all guaranteed to be 100% accurate.