Submit a Sample

Fill out the form below, print it from your printer and submit it along with your sample according to the Shipping Instructions. Use this link for reference on Packages and Test codes (opens in a pop-up window).

This page contains sufficient fields for submitting up to 25 samples. You could alternately choose a version to submit up to 50 samples or up to 75 samples.

Microbial ID Sample Submission Form
Please complete with credit card number and include with samples, see shipping instructions page for details concerning shipping.
Customer NameDate

USDA-APHIS Permit # P526P-19-00253 (USA)

USDA-APHIS Permit # P330-18-00331 (International)

Billing Information

Purchase Order Number
Organization NameAttention

Credit Card Information

Name as it appears on credit cardCard Type
AmEx   VISA   MC
Credit Card Billing Address
Credit Card NumberExpiration Date
Note: Credit card number cannot be filled out online. Please enter it by hand when you print out the final form.

ID use
Customer Sample Code
15 Character Limit
Test Code Growth Conditions
(Media, Temp, Etc.)
Additional Services /

Shipping Instructions - Soil (Worldwide)

  1. Please prepare 5-10 grams fresh moist soil for each sample type.
  2. Soils should be sent within 3 weeks of field sampling and stored for the interim at -20C, if possible.
  3. Label with customer name, sample ID and date.
  4. Submit each sample encased in ziplock plastic bags or other secure watertight container. All individual bagged samples should then be contained within a second large ziplock bag, and shipped on dry ice (or cold packs) in a cooler.

    International customers must contact us prior to shipment for instructions in regards to our USDA-APHIS permit.
  5. Complete the sample submission form and return it to Microbial ID with the soil samples sample.  Please retain a hard copy for your personal records.  Note, this form cannot be sent electronically.
  6. Ship priority delivery to:

    Microbial ID, Inc.
    125 Sandy Drive
    Newark, DE 19713
    (800) 276-8068

    Shipping Instructions - Pure Microbial Cultures (USA Only)

    1. Inoculate pure bacterial cultures onto solid agar and incubate to provide adequate growth.
    2. Label with customer name, sample ID and date inoculated.
    3. Seal with laboratory film. Package materials to prevent leakage of contents under conditions incident to ordinary handling in tranportation. Please contact your shipping company if you have any questions concerning the specifics of packaging.
      We don't accept pure cultures from international customers.
    4. Complete the sample submission form and return it to Microbial ID with any bacterial samples. The form may also be submitted electronically from our web site. Please retain a hard copy for your personal records.
    5. Ship by next day delivery to:

      Microbial ID, Inc.
      125 Sandy Drive
      Newark, DE 19713
      (800) 276-8068

    International Customers:

    Please note that we do not accept live cultures from outside the US. You must contact us prior to shipment for special instructions.

    Saturday deliveries:

    Microbial ID now accepts sample deliveries for processing on Saturdays. We have added this service in an effort to provide you with quicker turnaround for your most critical samples. Please notify your courier service (FedEx, UPS, etc.) appropriately that you are requesting Saturday delivery. Additional fees apply for weekend priority turnaround. Call for details.

    Please note that we cannot accept Class III pathogens. Please ship all other known or suspected pathogens as mandated by The Center for Disease Control (CDC) (42, CFR part 72):

    No person may knowingly transport or cause to be transported in interstate traffic, directly or indirectly, any material including, but not limited to, diagnostic specimens and biological products which such person reasonably believe may contain an etiologic agent unless such material is packaged to withstand leakage of contents, shocks, pressure changes, and other conditions incident to ordinary handling in transportation.

    Also, note that CDC has issued a list of specific bacterial species and genera that require additional packaging and shipping requirements. This list is published at Please check this list before sending samples to Microbial ID to insure compliance with federal regulations.


Packages & Test Codes

Service Description Test Code
Soil Analysis with PLFA PLFA
Direct Fatty Acid Analysis FAME-dir
16S Sequencing Bacteria Seq-bact
28S Sequencing - Fungi/Yeast Seq-fung
Full Gene Sequencing (bacteria only) Full-bact
Fatty Acid Analysis - Bacteria or Yeast FAME-ID
Polyphasic report (FAME & Sequencing) Bacteria Poly-B
Polyphasic report (FAME & Sequencing) Yeast Poly-Y
Microscopy - Filamentous Fungi Genus level Micro-G
Microscopy - Filamentous Fungi Species level Micro-S
Additional Services Test Code
Gram Stain / Biochem / Coag. Test GS
Colonial Morphology Morph
TPC (Total Plate Count) TPC
TPC with serial dilutions TPC-dil
Priority Services  
Next Day (for Sequencing only) Test Code+ND
3 Day (for Sequencing and/or FAME only) Test Code+3d

Terms and Conditions

Results turnaround in 4 business days for samples that are pure culture and have suitable growth for fatty acid and sequencing. Turnaround time begins on the day samples are received.

Send samples carefully packed, following the shipping instructions. Please also enclose the sample submission form with sample codes, contact person and billing information including a P.O. number or VISA/MC/AmEx card number with name and expiration date. For standard turnaround time, ship samples to arrive next day priority.

For Next Day priority identifications, please contact Microbial ID 24 hours prior to arrival with the shipper and tracking number. Microbial ID requires samples be of pure culture with visible growth on plated media. Samples must be received by 8:00am ET to guarantee a result by 5:00pm ET next business day.

Sample reports will either be faxed or e-mailed upon request, A hard copy will be mailed. Any questions may be sent to