DNA Test - Durham, NC
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Durham, North Carolina at a centrally located testing laboratory. Call (919) 822-9344 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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Types of DNA Tests at our Durham NC 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:
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 Durham DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Durham NC
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Durham 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 Durham, plus many more locations throughout North Carolina 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.
Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Durham, NC
In North Carolina, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says that a child support or custody order for a child born to unmarried parents can't be established until the "alleged father" acknowledges paternity voluntarily or is proven to be the father through genetic (DNA) testing.
Fathers can acknowledge paternity at the time the child is born and provide identification and sign the Affidavit of Parentage. The Affidavit of Parentage is filed with Vital Records. If there is any doubt of parentage, North Carolina DHHS says that DNA testing is recommended.
DNA tests can be initiated through Durham County Child Support Services. The tests can use blood or tissue samples to determine paternity, and may also be used as evidence in legal proceedings. In order to receive genetic testing through DCCSS, the child does not need to be receiving aid through the department. The Durham County Child Support Services office is located on E. Main Street in Durham, and parents can obtain forms through the CSS website.
Local DNA Stories
In 2018, a Wake County jury took paternity into consideration when sentencing Donovan Richardson, a man found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. The fact that Richardson's father refused to acknowledge his son's paternity until he took a DNA test was one of 11 mitigating circumstances that contributed to Richardson's sentence.
Wake County prosecutors had sought the death penalty in Richardson's case, because he was found guilty of murdering a construction company owner and his employee in a 2014 home invasion and robbery. However, the jury was instructed to consider mitigating factors for assigning punishment, including his father's refusal to acknowledge paternity without a DNA test.
Paternity testing played a role in another legal case in North Carolina in 2018. An 18 year-old man, Allan Gylmar Maldonado, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possessing marijuana after a social media video showed him helping a 16-month-old baby to smoke marijuana. The baby's mother, Brianna Lofton, was charged with felony child abuse.
Maldonado denied he was the baby's father and demanded a paternity test, but prosecutors informed him that the results would not affect the charges he faced for giving the baby marijuana on camera and broadcasting it via social media.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Durham, NC was in December of 2016. Since then, our Durham clinic locations have completed 6 DNA tests for local residents at our Durham specimen collection sites, plus thousands more in other North Carolina locations and across the USA.
Commitment to Community
DNA Testing in Durham is a service that Health Street is proud to say we have offered to the community for many years. We stand by our commitment to the needs of local residents and being the first choice for Durham paternity testing.