DNA Test - Dubuque, IA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Dubuque, Iowa at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (563) 235-2271 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.

Schedule your Dubuque 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 - Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque IA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Dubuque, 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 Dubuque 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 Dubuque IA

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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Dubuque, the state of Dubuque, Iowa, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Dubuque to neighborhoods everywhere.

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 Dubuque. 

Dubuque, IA - DNA Testing

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

Establishing paternity is the process of a father becoming a child's legal father. Having a legal father allows the child to establish relationships with both parents and have a sense of identity. It also grants the child access to benefits, like life and medical insurance, veteran's benefits, inheritance, and other available benefits. By establishing paternity, fathers can add their names to the birth certificate and share parental rights and responsibilities, like decision-making and helping out financially. Dubuque parents can find child support information at the local Child Support Recovery Unit, at 960 Main Street in Dubuque.

How to Establish Paternity in Dubuque

If a child is born to unmarried parents, the biological father doesn't become the legal father until the parents legally establish paternity. The easiest way to establish paternity in Dubuque is by signing a paternity affidavit, a legal form stating the child's father. Parents can also establish paternity through a court or administrative order. The local Department of Health and Human Services is located at 205 Bluff St, Ste. #1 in Dubuque.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Dubuque, IA

If establishing paternity in court, the judge may require DNA testing to determine whether a man is the biological father before establishing paternity. Parents who are unsure of the child's father should not sign a paternity affidavit until obtaining DNA test results. DNA test samples are taken by swabbing the inside of the father and child's cheeks and sent to a certified lab for analysis. DNA testing can exclude a man as the child's father or show the probability that he's the father. In Dubuque, if a DNA test result shows at least a 95% probability, a man is presumed the child's biological father.

Last updated 11/6/2023

Neighborhoods in Dubuque Served by our Clinics

Alpine/University Ave
Brunswick/Edith Street
Cleveland Park
Downtown Dubuque
Elmwood Estates
Fenelon Hill
Historic Bluffs
Kane St
Lore Mound
Mud Lake Road
New Haven
Old Main Street
Prince Phillip Dr
Radford Place Apartments
Sheridan Village

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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"Dubuque Child Support Recovery Unit." Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, https://hhs.iowa.gov/node/932
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