It's just saliva.
No blood. No needles.

Our home-based saliva collection kit is all you need to send your DNA to the lab. We have made the process as simple as possible.

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Three steps. It's simple.

All from home. No blood. No needles. Just a small saliva sample.

  1. Order

    Your saliva collection kit typically arrives within 3 to 5 days. Express shipping is available.

  2. Spit

    Follow kit instructions to spit in the tube provided — all from home. Register your saliva collection tube using the barcode so we know it belongs to you, and mail it back to our lab in the pre-paid package.

  3. Discover

    In approximately 6-8 weeks, we will send you an email to let you know your reports are ready in your online account. Log in and start discovering what your DNA says about you.

See how to get started

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What's in the kit.

saliva collection tube
  • Saliva collection kit - This box includes all the contents necessary to send your saliva (DNA) to the lab — including a pre-paid shipping label.
  • Specimen bag - This is the bag used to store your tube of saliva as it travels back to the lab.
  • Step by step instructions - These step-by-step instructions have a lot of helpful tips for providing your saliva sample — use it to guide you through the process.
  • Funnel lid - The funnel lid has stabilizing liquid in it. After you fill the tube with saliva you will close the funnel lid, snapping it into place, which releases the liquid. This preserves your saliva as it travels back to the lab.
  • Saliva collection tube - This is the tube you "spit" into which captures all of your saliva. You need to provide a certain amount of saliva in your sample, so you need to spit up to the fill line that is marked on the tube.
  • Tube container - This is the packaging used to hold the empty saliva collection tube. Once you take the tube out, you can throw this packaging away.
  • Tube cap - After removing the funnel lid, you use the cap to seal the tube before sending it back to the lab.

Genetic reports.
Backed by science.

Our rigorous quality standards:

  • All saliva samples are processed in the labs in the United States that meet local regulations
  • Genotyping is a well-established and reliable platform for analyzing DNA
  • Our scientists and medical experts use a rigorous process to develop the reports
  • Your personalized reports are based on well-established scientific research
  • Ancestry percentages are derived from our powerful, well-tested system that provides you with ancestry estimates down to the 0.1%

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Your privacy is our priority.

You are in control. You choose how your personal genetic information is used and shared.

  • We will not share your individual data without your explicit consent
  • We will not provide your information or results to employers or health insurance companies
  • We do not provide information to law enforcement unless we are required to comply with a valid subpoena or court order

Learn more details about our privacy practices.

Security matters.

We have measures in place to prevent unauthorized access and ensure appropriate use of your genetic information.

  • Separate databases keep your genetic information decoupled from your personally identifiable information, protecting your identity
  • External firewalls restrict unauthorized connections to our databases
  • All connections to our website are encrypted using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology

Hi. Still have questions about how it works?

Here are just a few of the things people frequently ask about 23andMe.
If you don't see your question here, get in touch with us.

Due to applicable regulations, 23andMe only offers an Ancestry Personal Genetic Service in international markets and health reports are not available. The service is in English only. It requires submitting a saliva sample using our saliva collection kit that you send to the lab for analysis.

Our Ancestry Service helps you understand who you are, where your DNA comes from and your family story. We analyze, compile and distill your DNA information into reports on your Ancestry Composition, Haplogroups, Neanderthal Ancestry, Your DNA Family and provide a DNA Relatives tool to enable you to connect with relatives who share similar DNA.

Our service is exclusively online. You'll receive your reports through a password-protected account at 23andme.com, and you'll have access to additional web-based tools and features.


In order to receive reports and participate in the service, you need to have a valid email address that allows you to send and receive messages. You also need access to a computer or mobile device that connects to the Internet.

You need to register your kit in order to link it to your 23andMe account online. Registration connects the barcode on your saliva sample to your account so we know your sample belongs to you. Our lab cannot process your sample if it is not registered.

Your saliva contains DNA from cells in your mouth. We send you a saliva collection kit and instructions for providing your sample.

Our CLIA-certified lab extracts DNA from cells in your saliva sample. Then the lab processes the DNA on a genotyping chip that reads hundreds of thousands of locations in your genome.


Your genetic data is analyzed, and we generate your personalized reports based on well-established scientific and medical research.

How it works

A little bit of spit gets you started

  1. 1. Order

    Your saliva collection kit typically arrives within 3 to 5 days. Express shipping is available.

  2. 2. Spit

    Follow kit instructions to spit in the tube provided – all from home. Register your saliva collection tube using the barcode, so we know it belongs to you, and mail it back to our lab in the pre-paid package.

  3. 3. Discover

    In approximately 6-8 weeks, we will send you an email to let you know your reports are ready in your online account. Login and start discovering what your DNA says about you.

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