Verogen, the for-profit company that owns GEDmatch, recently increased the price to upload DNA for law-enforcement cases by more than 25%. As of December 1, 2022, the price is $700 per upload, comparable to FamilyTreeDNA. It was previously $550 per upload.
Genealogists working with law enforcement were given no warning. Those who had entered contracts to work at the $550 price may have to take a loss.
Cairenn Binder of Coast to Coast Genetic Genealogy Services LLC confirmed that her company was not notified of the change beforehand. They can’t simply issue a revised bill to contracted clients, she says, so they will take a loss of $150 per case. Had they known about the price increase in advance, they would have been able to bill accordingly.
Another established forensic genetic genealogist, who asked to remain anonymous, said “This price increase is unexpected and I feel unneeded. In a field where every dime counts when it comes to funding for law enforcement agencies, this price increase causes us, the genealogy organization, to pass that increase on to agencies. Something a lot of underfunded agencies cannot afford. It’s disheartening to see a for profit company increasing the price of a simple upload.”
Verogen last increased their price for law enforcement in January, 2022, from $199 to $550 per upload. In that case, their forensic clients were notified a few weeks in advance so they could prepare. In May, 2022, they increased the one-month subscription price for the general public by 50%, from $10 to $15.
As of 2022, FamilyTreeDNA charges $650 for law enforcement agencies to upload and $700 if the upload is done by an independent person or business.
Neither FamilyTreeDNA nor Verogen/GEDmatch is transparent with their users that they are selling access to law enforcement nor what they charge. Parabon and Intermountain Forensics are to be credited for making that information available to us.
Updates to This Post
17 Dec 2022 — Corrected the price structure at FamilyTreeDNA. They charge $650 if the law-enforcement agency does the upload and $700 if an investigative genetic genealogist does it on behalf of the agency.