DNA Test - Cedar Rapids, IA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (319) 284-6750 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 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids IA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Cedar Rapids, Iowa 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 Cedar Rapids 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 Cedar Rapids IA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Cedar Rapids 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 Cedar Rapids, plus many more locations throughout Iowa and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Cedar Rapids. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Cedar Rapids , IA 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  We have helped thousands of people from Cedar Rapids to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Dedication to Excellence

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

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - DNA Testing

How to Establish Paternity in Iowa

According to attorneys at the Cedar Rapids-based Arenson Law Group, there are three primary ways to establish legal paternity in Iowa.

Marriage - paternity is automatically presumed when a child is born to married parents, regardless of whether the mother's husband is listed on the child's birth certificate.
Affidavit of Paternity - unmarried parents can sign and file an affidavit of paternity with the Iowa State Registrar of Vital Statistics. This has the same effect as a court order.
Petition to Establish Paternity - when both parents won't voluntarily sign an affidavit, an interested party can file a petition in court. In this case, the courts may require a DNA paternity test before making a ruling.

Filing an Affidavit of Paternity in Cedar Rapids

Unwed parents can obtain an affidavit of paternity from the hospital where the child is born, the local Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU), the Bureau of Health Statistics, or your County Registrar's Office. The Cedar Rapids Child Support Recovery Unit is located at 411 3rd St SE Ste 200 Cedar Rapids IA, 52401.

It's important not to sign this affidavit unless you are completely sure about the identity of the child's father. Once the form is filed and approved, the man listed on the form is deemed to be the child's legal father, and his name is added to the birth certificate. At that point, the man will be held responsible for providing financial and medical support for the child and can also petition the courts for visitation and/or custody.

Refuting Paternity in Iowa

Fathering a child is a life-changing event. If you've been wrongly named as a child's father, it's important to understand your rights. According to attorneys at Cedar Rapids-based O'Flaherty Law, there is a process for refuting the claim and removing your responsibility for the child. This process is known as "disestablishing paternity" and it can be done in one of three ways:

A man can request a DNA paternity test. If there is a 95% or higher probability that he is the father, the Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) will stop the process of trying to collect child support if the DNA proves he is not the father.
If the mother and father divorce, paternity can be disestablished by both parents agreeing that the husband is not the father and submitting a DNA test proving this to be true.
Either parent can file a case in court until the child turns 18. If an affidavit of paternity was previously filed, the courts must find that it was a mistake, fraud, or done under duress.

Last updated 9/29/2022

Neighborhoods Served in Cedar Rapids

2nd 34d Avenue Historic District
Bohemian Commercial Historic District
Czech Village
Grande Avenue
Grant Wood
Mays Island Historic District
Mound View
Northwest Area
Oak Hill Jackson
Ushers Ferry Historic Village
Wellington Heights
Youngs Hill

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