DNA Test - Duluth, MN

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Duluth, Minnesota at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Register now, or call us at (218) 429-6139 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 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 - Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth MN DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Duluth, Minnesota clinics:

Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:

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 alleged father and child or children. 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 ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. 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. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Duluth DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Duluth MN

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Duluth 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. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Duluth, plus many more locations throughout Minnesota and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days that you prefer.

Why Health Street

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Duluth, MN 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 Duluth that they need. 

Duluth, Minnesota - DNA Testing

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Duluth, MN

In Duluth, MN, DNA testing can be used to prove paternity. The mother or alleged father can request DNA testing before establishing paternity. If the father denies paternity and it becomes a court case, the court will order DNA testing to determine the father. DNA samples are taken by swabbing the inside of the cheeks. DNA test results either show that a man is not the father or that there is more than a 99% likelihood that he's the biological father. In Duluth, if the results determine that a man is the child's father, the court may establish paternity.

Experts Say...

"Establishing paternity is very important because a child's father has no legal right to him or her in regards to parenting time or custody until after paternity is established," says Benjamin Kaasa, Attorney at Law in Duluth. "Paternity is the law's way of saying it recognizes the biological relationship between a father and his child. Even after paternity is established, an unwed mother has all custodial rights to a child until the court decides otherwise." He also says that a father cannot be ordered to pay child support until paternity is established. Once paternity is established, the father can obtain visitation and custody orders.

Establishing Paternity in Duluth, MN

In Duluth, MN, a child born to unmarried parents does not have a legal father until paternity is established. To establish paternity voluntarily, the parents can fill out a Recognition of Parentage form stating that they are the biological parents of the child. Once the form is filed, the father can seek visitation and custody orders. If either parent questions paternity, they can request DNA testing before signing a Recognition of Parentage form. If the parents cannot establish paternity voluntarily, they can request a court order, and the court will decide if the alleged father is the child's legal father.

Last updated 1/25/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Duluth That We Serve

Birch Isle
Breezy Point
Clover Valley
Canosia Township
Duluth Heights
Fond Du Lac
Lincoln Park
Rice Lake
Spirit Valley
Wild Rose Trail

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