Frequently Asked Questions About Collecting A DNA Sample

Yes. It doesn’t matter if you use regular cotton swabs (Q-tip style) or buccal swabs for the DNA collection. Cotton swabs are generally 100% cotton topped where buccal swabs are a blended material, however both collect DNA just fine when our instructions are followed.

First, relax. We are sure you will do just fine. We have provided a short video here show to you how to do a  mouth swab collection.


Place them in a paper envelope and tape it closed after you have written the information needed on the front of the envelope. Never put a DNA sample in plastic wrap as bacteria can form and corrupt the integrity of the sample.

Private testing does not require verification of a person’s identity. Whatever name or initials you put on the envelope is how the test results will be written.