DNA Test - Albany, NY

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Albany, New York at 7 testing laboratories. Call (518) 255-7484 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, New York

Albany NY DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Albany, New York 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 NY

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 New York 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 , NY 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 Albany, NY was in 2013.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

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Establishing paternity in Albany, New York

Unmarried Albany parents or parents-to-be must establish paternity if they have or plan to have a child together. Without legal paternity, the biological father will not have legal status as a father of the child, which means he has no legal rights or responsibilities. In Albany, New York, paternity can be established by parents signing an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) or by the court.

When parents have no doubts about paternity and are both present at the hospital when the baby is born, they often sign the AOP there with the help of Albany hospital staff. However, sometimes one of the parents is unsure about the biological father, or the alleged father disagrees with paternity, and they may have to go to court. Court often involves taking a DNA test ordered by the judge. Genetic testing is a quick and easy method of establishing paternity, usually done by a cheek swab. Once the judge receives the DNA results, the man may be established as the legal father. However, the judge may consider other factors while determining paternity, and the legal father may not necessarily be the biological father.

After the judge has determined a legal father, parents can go through the court to establish child support, custody, or visitation hours if necessary.

Albany, New York: Benefits of establishing paternity

Establishing paternity can benefit both parents and the child. For example, the mother and child can have more financial security if the father pays child support. The father's name will be on the child's birth certificate, and he can gain rights for custody or visitation. Additionally, if either parent is considering adoption, they must consult with the other parent if paternity is legally established.

Establishing paternity can have multiple benefits for the child, which can include:

Better sense of identity and legal record of the father
Access to family medical history
Financial and emotional support from both parents
Right for inheritance
Entitlement to social security, medical insurance, veterans benefits, and military allowances

Last updated 11/25/2022

Some Albany Neighborhoods That We Serve

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Delaware Avenue
Second Avenue
Mount Hope
New Scotland
Manning Boulevard
Park South

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Paternity. NYCOURTS.GOV. (n.d.). Retrieved November 25, 2022, from http://ww2.nycourts.gov/COURTS/nyc/family/faqs_paternity.shtml
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