DNA Test - Arlington, VA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Arlington, Virginia at 3 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (703) 659-1925 or schedule online. with any questions. Our paternity testing (including grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing) determines if two or more people are related.

Schedule your Arlington DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.

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Arlington VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Arlington, Virginia 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 Arlington DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Arlington VA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Arlington 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 Arlington, plus many more locations throughout Virginia 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Arlington, VA performed by Health Street was in 2020.

Dedication to Excellence

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

Arlington, Virginia - DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in Arlington, VA

When two unmarried Arlington parents have a child, only the mother will possess parental rights until both parents legally establish paternity in the state of Virginia. By establishing paternity, Arlington parents can legally declare a child's father to provide the Virginia man with his paternal rights and the ability to have his name placed on the child's birth certificate.

The simplest way two Arlington parents can establish paternity in the state of Virginia is through the completion of an Acknowledgment of Paternity form. This form will first be presented for completion at the hospital following a child's birth, but can also be completed at a later date through an Arlington County Child Support Services location. This form is completely voluntary.

Dealing with Paternity Denial in Arlington, VA

In certain unfortunate instances, a parent may refuse to complete the paternity establishment process due to the belief that the presumed father is actually not the biological father. In these situations, the most important thing an Arlington parent can do is conduct DNA paternity testing to properly identify the child's father and avoid any further delay in establishing paternity.

In the event that one parent refuses to conduct DNA paternity testing, the opposing parent can file a petition to establish paternity through an Arlington County Family Court. An Arlington judge has the legal power to summon the opposing parent to appear in court, complete DNA testing, and properly complete the paternity establishment process.

Experts in Arlington, VA Say…

After two Arlington parents have successfully identified the child's biological father to establish legal paternity in the state of Virginia, they may also need to legally establish a child support order. According to Arlington family law attorney James Livesay, the state code bases child support on three different types of custodial arrangements: sole, split, and shared custody. Depending on which custodial arrangement is agreed upon in court, a monthly child support amount will be calculated to best meet the needs of the child.

Last updated 9/1/2022

Some Arlington Neighborhoods That We Serve

Alcova Heights
Donaldson Run
Long Branch Creek
North Rosslyn
Old Glebe

Additional Services

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"Establish Paternity in Virginia." Virginia Department of Social Services, https://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/dcse/establishing_paternity.cgi
"Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court." Virginia's Judicial Court, https://www.vacourts.gov/courts/jdr/arlington/home.html
"Child Support." Livesay and Myers, https://www.livesaymyers.com/child-support/
"Arlington, Virginia Neighborhoods." Discover Arlington, https://www.discoverarlingtonvirginia.com/arlington-neighborhoods