DNA Test - Elkridge, MD

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Elkridge, Maryland at 2 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (410) 267-4710 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 Elkridge 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 - Elkridge, Maryland

Elkridge MD DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Elkridge, Maryland 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 Elkridge DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Elkridge MD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Elkridge 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 Elkridge, plus many more locations throughout Maryland 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.  We have helped thousands of people from Elkridge to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Dedication to Excellence

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

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The Importance of Establishing Paternity in Elkridge, MD

For Elkridge couples who are not married at the time of their child's birth, it's important to understand the importance of establishing paternity in the state of Maryland. Without a legal marriage, only the child's mother will possess parental rights, as the state cannot legally recognize anyone as the child's biological father. For the father to receive legal rights, both parents will need to establish legal paternity.

Outside of providing the father with his legal paternal rights, establishing paternity also further benefits both the child and the mother as well. With two legally designated parents, the child has the opportunity to receive benefits from both parents, including health insurance, inheritance, and veteran's benefits. Likewise, for a mother or father to request monthly child support services, the state will require proof of legal paternity establishment to process the application.

How to Establish Paternity in Elkridge, MD

In the state of Maryland, unmarried Elkridge parents can establish paternity in one of two ways. As long as there is full confidence in a child's paternity and both parents are willing to establish legal paternity, the simplest way to go about the process is by completing an Affidavit of Parentage. This completely voluntary document legally declares the child's father and can be completed at the hospital following the child's birth. In the event that one cannot be completed at this time, the parents may complete one at a later date through the Maryland Department of Health And Mental Hygiene or Division of Vital Records.

In the event of a disagreement regarding paternity, whether it be the refusal to complete the affidavit or doubts in the paternity presumption, paternity will need to be established through a court order. Either mother or presumed father can file a petition to establish legal paternity through a Howard County Family Court. This process will typically include the use of DNA testing to accurately determine if the paternity claim is correct. If results prove accurate, the courts can then legally establish both paternity and child support obligations.

Experts in Elkridge, MD Say…

Following the legal establishment of paternity, an Elkridge parent may need to relocate outside of the state of Maryland. If a custodial agreement has also been established, a parent will need to seek the permission of Howard County Family Court to relocate the child as well. According to Elkridge Family Law Attorney Thomas Mulinazzi, the courts will grant permission for an out-of-state relocation as long as it is in the best interest of the child. This includes the assessment of various factors, including the reason for relocation, age of the child, and the current developmental stage of the child.

Neighborhoods in Elkridge Served by our Clinics

Blue Stream
Harwood Park
Little Green Valley
Meadowridge Landing
Montgomery Crossing
Orchard Club
Sanctuary Court
Sherwood Crossing
Williams Knoll

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Affidavit of Parentage." State of Maryland, https://dhs.maryland.gov/documents/CSA/CSA%20Forms/Affidavit%20of%20Parentage%20(English).pdf
"Family Law Office." Howard County, https://mdcourts.gov/circuit/howard/family
"Parental Relocations." Mulinazzi Law Office, https://mulinazzi.com/practice-areas/parental-relocations/
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