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DNA and Paternity Testing

What if I may need DNA samples for paternity or other testing?

The OME routinely collects blood spot cards on all individuals that arrive at our office. The samples are stored in the event that DNA testing may be necessary in the future.  One of the most common reasons is a request for paternity testing. If you need paternity testing performed please contact the lab that you will have do your testing and have them send us a mailing kit.   Following these steps will allow preservation of chain of custody.

You must send an original notarized “Paternity Testing Request Form” to the OME along with a processing fee of $25 (make check made payable to the Utah Department of Health). The request must be made by the next-of-kin of the deceased or by a court order signed by a judge of a Utah court.

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