DNA Test – Denver, CO

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Denver, Colorado at 18 testing laboratories. Call (720) 943-5256 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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695 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
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10515 E 40th Avenue
Denver, CO 80239
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469 S Cherry Street
Denver, CO 80246
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1212 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
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420 E 58th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216
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1730 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202
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5855 E Stapleton Dr N
Denver, CO 80216
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10355 E Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80247
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875 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80246
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2490 W 26th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
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3001 N Havana Street
Denver, CO 80238
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1405 E Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80210
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51 West 84th Avenue
Denver, CO 80260
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777 e Speer Blvd
Denver, CO 80203
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4809 Argonne Street
Denver, CO 80249
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8700 Pena Blvd
Denver, CO 80249
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469 S Cherry Street
Denver, CO 80246
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18300 E 71st Avenue
Denver, CO 80249

DNA Test – Denver, Colorado

Denver CO DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Denver, Colorado

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver CO

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Denver 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 Denver, plus many more throughout Colorado 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 Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver

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 Colorado as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver, CO performed by Health Street was in 2019.

Dedication to Excellence

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

DNA Testing Leads Denver Man to Meet Son for First Time

DNA tests have helped many residents of Denver discover more about their family and reconnect with lost loved ones. One lucky Denver man, Casper Collins, found out about a son he had never met. His other adult son took a DNA test and and found a sibling that neither of them knew.

Collins soon learned that he had fathered a son 37 years ago while stationed abroad as a young man in the military. He and the child’s mother had quickly and completely lost touch, leaving her with no way to even notify Collins of her pregnancy. Collins and his son, Michael Robertson, met for the first time at the Denver airport over Thanksgiving in 2019.


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Denver, Colorado

4809 Argonne Street Unit 140 Denver, CO 80249
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(M Lunch: 12-1 PM)Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(T Lunch: 12-1 PM)Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(W Lunch: 12-1 PM)Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(Th Lunch: 12-1 PM)Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(F Lunch: 12-1 PM) About this Location: This location is around the corner from Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.

Some Denver Neighborhoods That We Serve

Capitol Hill
The Highlands
Cheesman Park
Five Points
Country Club
Cherry Creek
LoDo Lower Downtown
RiNo River North

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We also offer other services, such as:

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Child Support.” Denver Human Services, https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-human-services/be-supported/child-support.html.
“DNA Test Leads To Thanksgiving Reunion 37 Years In The Making.” CBS4 Denver, 28 November 2019, https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/11/28/dna-test-leads-to-thanksgiving-reunion-37-years-in-the-making/.