DNA Test - Albany, GA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Albany, Georgia at 3 testing laboratories. Call (229) 518-1273 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 - Albany, Georgia

Albany GA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Albany, Georgia 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 Albany 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 Albany GA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Albany 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 Albany, plus many more locations throughout Georgia and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Albany. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Albany , GA 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Albany, GA performed by Health Street was in 2019.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Albany that they need. 

Albany, Georgia - DNA Testing

Experts Say...

Albany paternity lawyer Thomas V. Duck III explains paternity and legitimation. "Married parents going through divorce have equal rights to seek child custody and visitation," he says. "Unmarried parents, however, must first meet certain legal requirements before establishing custody and visitation rights. Paternity actions and legitimation are two legal processes by which unmarried parents can both establish and assert their parental rights." The lawyer explains the difference between paternity and legitimation by saying, "A paternity action establishes a father's biological relationship with the child, but not his legal rights. Legitimation allows an unmarried father to establish his legal parental rights if his child was born out of wedlock." Once he completes the legitimation process , the father can take steps to establish visitation and custody rights.

Establishing Paternity in Albany, GA

If a child is born to married parents in Albany, the husband becomes the child's legal father and no further legal action is necessary. If the parents are unmarried, they must establish paternity for the child to have a legal father. Once a man legally becomes the child's father, his name is added to the birth certificate, and he'll hold financial responsibilities to the child. In Albany, the easiest way to establish paternity is by signing a voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement form. However, both parents must agree on paternity to sign the form. Otherwise, paternity will be established in court.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Albany, GA

DNA testing can be used to determine paternity if either parent is unsure about the child's biological father. In Albany, if the parents establish paternity in court, the judge may order DNA testing to prove paternity before making a paternity judgment. If paternity isn't established and there is a child support case, the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is legally required to mandate DNA testing.

Last updated 2/28/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Albany That We Serve

Merry Acres
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West Town

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