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Genetic Testing FAQs

 How can I get a genetic test?
Please contact DCSS to speak with a child support professional.

 How much does genetic testing cost?
DCSS is not charging for genetic testing, if you have a case with our office.

 How long does it take to get the results?
Once all parties on the case have been tested, the results are received within four to six weeks.

 Do I have to travel to San Bernardino County to test if I live out-of-county or out-of-state?
We will schedule an appointment in the city in which you live or the closest alternate location.

 What will I need to bring to my appointment?
You will need to bring a valid California ID or valid California Driver's License. Children must have one of the following forms of ID: Social Security card, Medi-Cal card, or birth certificate.

 How is the genetic test conducted?
DCSS requires a saliva sample by buccal swab. This sample is sent to an authorized laboratory for DNA testing.

 Can I get genetic testing if I previously signed a Declaration of Paternity?
DCSS will not offer genetic testing when a Declaration of Paternity has been filed with the State unless it is ordered by the court.