DNA Database Collection FAQs


The Collection kits need to be stored at room temperature.


No, there is no expiration date for the collection kits.


No, but it must be mailed in the paper envelopes provided.

Sometimes only a slight color change will occur if the arrestee has a dry mouth but the DNA is still present.  If possible, the arrestee can rinse their mouth out with water prior to collection.

The procedure in place allows the CBI to easily extract DNA directly from the card and to store it at room temperature.


Collecting the DNA at the same time fingerprints are taken in the booking process helps ensure that the DNA was collected from the individual identified on the 10 print card.

Currently, the CBI is not allowed to change arrestee samples to a convicted offender status upon conviction.  Because the arrestee law could be challenged and overturned we want to ensure these individual's DNA profile stays in CODIS.

If your agency were to collect and submit the DNA sample to the CBI and then take this same arrestee to be booked at a different agency for the same arrest a duplicate DNA submission will be created.  This causes confusion if charges are filed because two PCN numbers will reference one arrest.


These barcodes link the arrestee's fingerprints with the DNA sample on the FTA card which helps to properly identify them.  For agencies that submit inked cards, barcodes must be on all 10-print cards (including those for CCIC entry) because a PCN number is not generated by the submitting agency.


Please contact the CBI to order more collection kits.  These kits will then be shipped to your agency by the manufacturer, Tri-Tech Forensics.  

Please call:  DNA Phone (303) 463-7128 or Email:  DNA@state.co.us  


No, while the DNA collection procedures are similar, the process as a whole is not the same.  Also, the arrestee samples will be mailed to our Grand Junction laboratory and cannot be processed until charges are filed.  The convicted offender samples are mailed to our Denver Laboratory and are processed immediately.


Please allow at least a two to three week lead time for ordering more kits.


We can only help with questions about the DNA collection process but cannot answer any legal questions.  Please contact your legal authority regarding any legal concerns you may have.