DNA Test - Alameda, CA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Alameda, California at 2 testing laboratories. Call (510) 513-6522 or schedule online. We offer legal paternity tests, sibling studies, grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing to determine if people are biologically related.

Set up DNA testing appointments online. Test results can be used in court for child support or to change a birth certificate; it can also be used for simple peace of mind. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We can also extract DNA samples from hair follicles, fingernails, and other specimens.

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DNA Test - Alameda, California

Alameda CA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Alameda, California locations:

The most commonly ordered DNA test is a Paternity Test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Paternity Testing can be performed at our testing centers. DNA Testing can be done for other close family relationships, such as:

Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
Avuncular DNA Test (aunt/uncle and niece/nephew)

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to obtain a DNA sample for paternity testing is to swab the inner cheeks of the people being tested. These skin cells are known as buccal cells, and they rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place for analysis by our laboratory. Other specimen samples, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone's DNA, can also be tested. An Alternative Specimen DNA Test is done by registering online and shipping the specimens to us.

Legally Admissible DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible DNA testing service. Accurate results for DNA paternity testing with 99.99% confidence or greater take about a week.

When deciding which type of DNA test is right for you, consider first what you might do with the results. In order for the results of a DNA test to hold up in court, for child support, or to change the name on a birth certificate, the test must be done at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Alameda DNA testing technicians are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Alameda CA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Alameda clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week. It's always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. Register online, or please call our customer service team, which can help you book your appointment over the phone.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Alameda, plus many more locations throughout California and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Alameda. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Alameda , CA so you can choose the testing center that is most convenient. When you register, you can also pick the appointment time and date that you prefer.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Alameda, CA was in 2019.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Alameda. 

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Establishing Paternity in Alameda, CA

Establishing paternity means determining a child's biological father and making him the legal father. If Alameda parents have a child outside of marriage, they must establish paternity, which gives the child the same rights as a child born to married parents. Paternity can be established by signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity, a voluntary form stating the child's legal father. If the parents cannot agree to sign the voluntary form, paternity can be established in court.

Paternity allows the child to receive financial support from both parents, have legal documentation of both parents, and allows the father's name to be added to the birth certificate. They can obtain access to medical records from both families and receive benefits from both parents, including inheritance, life insurance, medical insurance, social security, and veterans' benefits.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Alameda, CA

If either parent questions paternity, a DNA test will determine the child's biological father, and the court will use the DNA test results to establish paternity. If there is any doubt about paternity, parents should not sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity form until they take a DNA test. Once the paternity form has been filed, parents can no longer request DNA testing. In Alameda, if paternity is established in court, the judge may order DNA testing to determine paternity.

Experts Say...

Elene M. Mylordos, paternity attorney serving Alameda, explains why parents should establish paternity. "Under the Uniform Parentage Act, the birth mother has no more right to custody of the child than the birth father. Either parent may seek physical custody of the child, and both parents have a right to visitation," the attorney states. "Because the child has no custodian until an order of parentage has been made, it is extremely important that a parent establish parentage and custody before family difficulties arise, such as when one parent moves away with the child, and the other parent finds they have no legal standing to prevent this from happening." The attorney said that once paternity has been established, the child becomes eligible for any benefits available from both parents.

Last updated 2/23/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Alameda That We Serve

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Additional Services

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"Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage." California Department of Public Health, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/CDPH%20Document%20Library/ControlledForms/VS22.pdf
"Establishing Legal Parentage." California Child Support Services, https://childsupport.ca.gov/establishing-legal-parentage/
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"Parentage (Paternity)." California Courts, https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-parentage.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en
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