DNA Test - Columbia, SC

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Columbia, South Carolina at 7 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (803) 219-3269 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 Columbia 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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DNA Test - Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia SC DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Columbia, South Carolina 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 SC

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 South Carolina 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 , SC 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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Columbia, SC was in 2018.Since then, we have done 33 DNA tests at our Columbia facilities.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Columbia. 

Columbia, South Carolina - DNA Testing

Experts Say...

Masella Law Firm in Columbia, SC explains that when a child is born to unmarried parents, the father has no legal rights or responsibilities to the child. "This means that if the mother doesn't want the father in the child's life, the father has no say," the law firm explains." In Columbia and the state of South Carolina, paternity must be established before the court can issue visitation, custody, and child support orders. "Without legally establishing paternity, the mother cannot seek child support and the father has no way to be in his child's life if the mother doesn't allow it."

Importance of Establishing Paternity

Establishing paternity allows the father to receive visitation and custody rights and allows the mother to receive financial support from the father. The child benefits from having a legal father in many ways. Paternity allows the child to establish relationships with both parents, gain access to medical records from both families, and receive benefits such as inheritance, social security, medical benefits, life insurance, and other available benefits.

Unmarried parents in Columbia, SC who need help establishing paternity or have questions can contact the Vital Records Office, located at 2600 Bull St. in Columbia.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Columbia, SC

Parents that agree on paternity can establish paternity by signing a Paternity Acknowledgement Affidavit. However, if either parent doubts paternity, the form should not be signed, and the mother and alleged father should use DNA testing to prove paternity. Columbia, SC, requires a DNA test result showing a 95% probability that a man is the father to establish paternity. DNA testing is also used if one parent denies paternity. Once DNA testing confirms paternity, paternity can be established, and the court can issue child support, visitation, and custody orders.

Last updated 10/7/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Columbia That We Serve

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"Paternity and Legitimation." South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, https://scdhec.gov/vital-records/vital-records-paternity-and-legitimation
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