DNA Testing - Appleton, Wisconsin

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Appleton, Wisconsin at 2 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (920) 214-9259 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 - Appleton, Wisconsin

Appleton WI DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Appleton, Wisconsin clinics:

Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:

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 alleged father and child or children. 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 ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. 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. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Appleton DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Appleton WI

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Appleton 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. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Appleton, plus many more locations throughout Wisconsin and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days that you prefer.

Why Health Street

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Appleton, the state of Appleton, Wisconsin, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Appleton, WI was in 2018.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Appleton. 

Appleton, Wisconsin - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Bend, OR

In Appleton, Wisconsin, parents have several options for establishing paternity. They can choose to sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement (VPA), an Acknowledgement of Marital Child, go to court, or opt for a conclusive paternity determination through DNA testing.

Signing a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement (VPA) is one of the quickest ways to establish paternity. However, parents should only sign this document if they are absolutely certain about paternity. Challenging paternity later on can be complex after this document is completed. If parents were not married when the child was born but have since married, they could sign the Acknowledgement of Marital Child to establish paternity.

If either parent disagrees about paternity, they can go to court to establish paternity. Judges often ask the alleged father and the child to undergo DNA testing to prove their father-child relationship.

The fourth option would be conclusive paternity determination based on DNA testing. However, all conditions listed below must be met:

Both parents are over 18
There is no other paternity presumption
Genetic tests are performed concerning the child's mother, alleged father, and the child after the child support agency issues a subpoena that requires the parties to submit to the DNA tests
The DNA test results show 99 percent or higher statistical probability

Appleton, WI: Benefits of establishing paternity

Wisconsin law believes children should know both parents, have the opportunity to build a relationship with them, and be supported financially by both. Once paternity is established, the child can gain multiple benefits, such as:

The right to inherit
Health insurance
Social Security
Access to the medical history of both families
Veterans' benefits, if applicable

However, children are not the only ones benefiting from establishing paternity. Once paternity is established, the either parent can ask the court to establish visitation rights, custody, and child support.

Last updated 3/17/2023

Neighborhoods in Appleton Served by our Clinics

Apple Hill
Apple Creek Center
Little Chute
Combined Locks

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


Establishing Legal Fatherhood (paternity). (n.d.). Retrieved March 17, 2023, from https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cs/paternity/home
Thomas, A. (2013, August 30). Paternity in Wisconsin. www.divorcenet.com. Retrieved March 17, 2023, from https://www.divorcenet.com/resources/paternity-wisconson.html