DNA Test - Augusta, GA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Augusta, Georgia at 7 testing laboratories. Call (706) 204-3838 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 a 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 - Augusta, Georgia

Augusta GA DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Augusta, Georgia

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Augusta testing centers to validate close family relationships. The most commonly ordered DNA test is a legal paternity test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Health Street's 21 marker DNA paternity testing is the state of the art. Our paternity test results are statistically conclusive at the rate of 99.9% or greater.

Other DNA Tests

Relationship Tests to validate grandparent to grandchild, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles:

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)

DNA tests such as sibling or avuncular studies, can sometimes come back with a result of less than 95% certainty. This is normal, especially if only two parties participate in the test. Adding an additional close relative to the test helps us learn more about the family's DNA composition and typically leads to a more conclusive result.

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to perform a genetic sample collection for a paternity test is by a swab of the inner cheeks. These skin cells, known as buccal cells, rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place, to be extracted by our testing laboratories for analysis.

Other specimens, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone's DNA, can also undergo lab testing to see if there is a match. These non-standard DNA tests are done by registering online for an Alternative Specimen DNA Test (Nails, Teeth, Fabric). Once registered, you ship the DNA sample to our lab. We'll attempt to extract the DNA and compare it to a cheek swab of the other party.

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

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 to hold up in court, the DNA specimen must be collected at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. The DNA testing technicians at our Augusta test centers are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

The results of our legal DNA tests can be used for any legal purpose:

to change the name on a birth certificate
to petition for child support
to petition for survivor benefits
for child custody arrangements
to alter inheritance procedures or wills

Home tests offer more flexibility:

Home DNA tests are specimens containing DNA (or possible DNA) that are shipped to us for analysis. The results of these home tests cannot be used in court (since there is no way to prove whose specimens were actually sent). However, the tests are just as accurate and can provide peace of mind. At-home DNA tests also offer a lot more flexibility.

In addition to commonly mailed in DNA specimens like hair follicles, we can also extract DNA from other bodily fluids. We can even try and lift the DNA left on items like clothing, a toothbrush, or a straw. If we can get the DNA from the alternative item, we can then compare it to another person to see if they are related. Some examples include:

Stained garments
Mucus and other bodily fluids
Soda cans
Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Augusta GA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Augusta clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week, though it's always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. We have clinics in Augusta, plus many more throughout Georgia and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that's most convenient. You'll pick the times and days that you prefer.

You can set up separate appointments for each of the people being tested, either at the same location or at different locations. You'll get an email and text message with your appointment information. There is no fee if you need to change the time or location of a DNA test appointment at any time.

How long it takes to get results of a DNA test

Paternity tests conducted at one of our Augusta facilities typically take about a week to come back. Other relationship tests, such as sibling studies, can take a few days longer to come back. When the results are ready, you are notified immediately via email. Then, the hard copies of the paperwork are sent afterward via regular mail.

The DNA test appointment - what to expect and what to bring

The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes. The specimen collection process is a simple and painless cheek swab. No needles are used. When you're being tested at our Augusta clinic, you'll be asked to provide fingerprints and to show photo identification. We'll also take pictures of the people being tested so that the final report will include legal assurances of who was actually tested.

For infants, hospital discharge papers qualify as identification. Otherwise, a birth certificate or social security card can be used as ID for a child. No other preparations are required for this appointment.

Does the mother need to be present at a paternity test?

If a man is considered the legal father of a child, then the mother does not have to be present or give consent for paternity testing. However, if he is not currently considered the legal father, then he cannot sign for the child. Therefore, the mother does need to be there. If neither parent is available, other legal guardians can bring the child so long as they have the right to make medical decisions on the child's behalf.

DNA testing if one party is not in Augusta

The two parties testing (for example: father and child) do not have to be tested at the same time or even at the same location. We have many clinics across Georgia as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Augusta and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.

Laboratory certifications

Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Augusta or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Why Health Street

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Augusta, GA performed by Health Street was in 2017.In fact, we have successfully completed 25 DNA tests at Augusta testing centers since then.

Dedication to Excellence

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

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Establishing Paternity in Augusta, GA

When a child is born to married Augusta parents, Georgia law automatically presumes the husband is the child's biological father, so there is no need to establish legal paternity. However, when two unmarried Augusta parents have a child, the biological father of the child will not possess paternal rights over his child until he and the mother legally establish paternity in the state of Georgia.

To establish legal paternity, both parents can complete a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement Form at the hospital following the child's birth or through a Richmond County Vital Records Office. This form must only be signed if both parents have zero doubt about a child's paternity or if DNA paternity testing has been used to accurately determine the child's biological father.

Navigating Difficult Paternity Situations in Augusta, GA

As mentioned, two unmarried Augusta parents have the ability to legally establish paternity in the state of Georgia by completing a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Form. However, either parent may refuse to sign this form in certain instances, which can create a roadblock in the paternity establishment process.

In such cases, a parent must file a paternity petition through a Richmond County Family Court. During this process, a judge will issue a summons to the opposing parental party to appear in court and complete the necessary steps to establish paternity. These steps often include the request for DNA paternity testing to accurately confirm the child's biological father. If the father is properly identified by the courts, paternity will then be established.

Experts in Augusta, GA Say…

Following a rocky paternity establishment process, two Augusta parents may find themselves back in court to legally establish a child support agreement. According to Augusta Family Law Attorney Todd Boudreaux, Georgia's revised law makes child support calculations based on a shared income approach. This approach helps sufficiently meet the needs of the child and will incorporate factors including the income of both parents, child care costs, and health insurance expenses.

Last updated 8/30/2022

Neighborhoods in Augusta Served by our Clinics

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