Division of Criminal Justice Services

Familial DNA Searching in New York State

New York State familial DNA searching is a targeted method of searching an unknown forensic or unidentified human remains sample associated with a serious unsolved crime against a database of offenders with the intent to identify the best candidate(s) to be a potential relative(s) of the unknown.

Please review the brief presentation below for introductory information on familial DNA searching in New York State, the application process, and the process requirements. The presentation video does not contain audio.

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Familial Search Forms

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Sample Application

Familial Search Regulation
The regulation authorizing familial searching in New York State took effect Oct. 18, 2017 and was updated effective April 21, 2021.

Please direct any questions to the DCJS Office of Forensic Services at familialsearch@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-1901. Technical questions may be directed to the New York State Police DNA Databank Section at NYSPCODIS-Databank@troopers.ny.gov or (518) 457-8831.