DNA Test - Columbia, MO

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Columbia, Missouri at 4 conveniently located testing laboratories. Register now, or call us at (573) 303-3001 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.

Shedule an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.

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DNA Test - Columbia, Missouri

Columbia MO DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Columbia, Missouri 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 Columbia 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 Columbia MO

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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Columbia, the state of Columbia, Missouri, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Columbia, MO was in 2017.

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 Columbia. 

Columbia, Missouri - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Columbia, Missouri

Parents who are unwed and want to establish paternity in Columbia, Missouri, must sign an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity. Parents can do so in the hospital when the child is born or later. Once they complete the form, the man will become the child's legal father, and his name will be on the child's birth certificate.

Another option is obtaining a court order to name the man as the child's father. The judge can establish paternity after thorough consideration and a DNA test. DNA testing is usually done by a simple cheek swab from the alleged father and the child. The laboratory confirms or denies their father-child relationship, and the judge can establish paternity based on the DNA results. Based on Missouri law, there must be at least a 98 percent probability that the man is the father.

If the mother is married, but her husband is not the child's father, they can file a Denial of Paternity.

Columbia, Missouri: Benefits of establishing paternity

Establishing paternity has multiple benefits for the child, the mother, and the father. Unmarried parents may choose to establish paternity for benefits such as:

The child will have a better understanding of their identity
The child needs support from both parents, emotional and financial
Studies show that children who have both parents in their life are more likely to stay away from drugs and jail, delay pregnancy, earn more money and finish high school
The child may have the right to get benefits such as insurance, social security, inheritance rights, or veteran's benefits
Knowing both parents and the medical history from both sides of the family can help identify any genetic predispositions

Additionally, a father will not have legal custody or visitation rights if he does not establish paternity.

Last updated 10/18/2022


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Columbia, Missouri

2475 Broadway Bluffs Drive Suite 120 Columbia, MO 65201
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

M: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMT: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMW: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMTh: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMF: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM About this Location: The University of Missouri, a renowned educational institution, is located not far from our location. It's known for its beautiful campus and strong academic programs.
2003 W Broadway Suite 103 Columbia, MO 65203
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M: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMT: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMW: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMTh: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMF: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMSa: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM About this Location: Columbia Mall is a large shopping center near our clinic. It features a variety of stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. It's a great place to shop, eat, and relax.
405 Bernadette Drive Ste B Columbia, MO 65203
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M: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMT: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMW: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMTh: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMF: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM About this Location: Cosmo Park, located not far from our location, is a large public park featuring sports fields, playgrounds, a skate park, and a fishing lake, providing a wide range of outdoor activities.
3302 Broadway Business Park Ste D Columbia, MO 65203
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M: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM(M Lunch: 12:30-1 PM)T: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM(T Lunch: 12:30-1 PM)W: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM(W Lunch: 12:30-1 PM)Th: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM(Th Lunch: 12:30-1 PM)F: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM(F Lunch: 12:30-1 PM) About this Location: Columbia Mall is a bustling shopping center not far from our location. It hosts a variety of stores, restaurants, and a cinema, providing a wide range of shopping and entertainment options.

Neighborhoods in Columbia Served by our Clinics

Douglas Park
Est Campus
Cedar Lake
The Cascades
Old Hawthorne
Spring Valley
Alamo Place
Ashby West

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


Establish paternity. Missouri Department of Social Services. (n.d.). Retrieved October 18, 2022, from https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/establish-paternity.htm
Paternity: Mid Missouri Legal Services. Mid Missouri Legal Services | Serving Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton, Eldon, Moberly and more. (2014, January 21). Retrieved October 18, 2022, from https://www.mmls.org/forms-info/paternity/