DNA Testing in Beckley, WV

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Beckley, West Virginia at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (304) 712-2147 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 Testing Beckley WV

Beckley WV DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Beckley WV

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Beckley 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 Beckley 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 Beckley WV

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Beckley 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 Beckley, plus many more throughout West Virginia 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 Beckley 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 Beckley 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 Beckley

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 West Virginia as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Beckley 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 Beckley or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Beckley, WV was in 2018.

Commitment to Community

We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service for a paternity test in Beckley, West Virginia. Health Street is very proud of our commitment to the DNA testing needs of the community.

Facts about DNA Testing in Beckley WV

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Beckley, WV

When a child is born in Beckley, WV, if the parents are married, the legal father is assumed to be the husband. But if a child is conceived or born out of wedlock, or 10 months before being granted a divorce or separation, paternity will need to be established.

Paternity establishment means you are legally determining the child's father. If you are unsure of who is the birth father, you may request that West Virginia's Bureau for Child Support Enforcement (BCSE) perform genetic testing to make this determination, and a court hearing will follow. If you are unmarried and want to establish legal paternity, you can avoid the need to go to court by filling out a Paternity Affidavit, which needs to be filled out by both the birth mother and birth father. If there is any doubt about who the birth father is, the Paternity Affidavit should not be signed, and genetic testing should be done to determine the birth father. This can be done up until the child turns 18 years of age.

DNA Experts Say…

According to a local law office in Beckley, Herrenkohl Law Office, there are more reasons for establishing paternity than custody alone. "With paternity established, the gates are open for your child to receive financial support from you as well as other benefits," the law office states.

Along with being able to receive financial support, your children may benefit from paternity establishment in other ways such as:

being capable of learning potential hereditary problems they may encounter that can be revealed through obtaining genetic information.
obtaining inheritance from you and take refuge in you, if needed.

According to the law office, establishing paternity doesn't only benefit the child — it can benefit the father as well. If something happens to you, you'll have a next of kin to help in difficult decision making. If you're in an accident where someone was negligent and it results in your death or severe injury to you, you will have someone that is able to sue on your behalf. As your next of kin, they may even receive a settlement from worker's compensation or money from government benefits that are given to the family of someone who is deceased.

Neighborhoods Served in Beckley

Crab Orchard
City Center / Mountain State U
Maxwell Hill
New River Park
East Beckley

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Paternity FAQs." Bureau for Child Support Enforcement, West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, https://dhhr.wv.gov/bcse/Pages/Paternity-FAQs.aspx
"Establishing paternity grants children important benefits." Herrenkohl Law Office, https://www.iplayhardball.com/establishing-paternity-grants-children-important-benefits/
"Discover your Beckley neighborhood." Nextdoor, https://nextdoor.com/city/beckley--wv/