Submitting DNA to UNTCHI

Missing and Unidentified Person Program Overview

The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) is an accredited forensic laboratory located in Fort Worth, Texas. Using grant funding from the National Institute of Justice, UNTCHI provides the following services related to missing and unidentified person investigations:

  • Autosomal STR testing
  • Y STR (Y chromosome) testing
  • Mitochondrial DNA testing

All DNA profiles for missing and unidentified persons are uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) for searching and comparison.

Effective September 1, 2017, the Missing Persons Unit of the UNT Center for Human Identification will resume anthropological and DNA testing services for agencies outside the state of Texas. For submission guidance, click here for more information.

Submitting DNA Samples to UNTCHI

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to DNA submissions and analyses.

DNA samples related to a missing person or unidentified humans remains case can be submitted to UNTCHI at the mailing address listed below. All samples should be submitted with appropriate UNTCHI submission paperwork, which can be found in UNTCHI collection kits, or can be downloaded below. If you have questions or need further assistance with a DNA collection or submission, contact the UNTCHI Missing/Unidentified Person Program at any of the numbers listed below.

Download Submission Paperwork

Family Reference Sample Paperwork

Direct Reference Sample Paperwork

Unidentified Human Remains Sample Paperwork

Unidentified Living Person Sample Paperwork

Forensic Evidence Submission Paperwork

Contact UNTCHI (Forensic and Missing Persons Units)


UNT Center for Human Identification
Attention: Evidence Custodian
CBH 6th Floor
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107


Local Number: 817-735-0606 Fax: 817-735-0553
Toll-Free: 1-800-763-3147 Toll-Free Fax: 1-800-221-3515


Evidence Custodian Email:
Missing Persons Email:
CODIS Administrator Email: