DNA Test - Ellicott City, MD

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Ellicott City, Maryland at 2 conveniently located testing laboratories. Register now, or call us at (410) 267-4692 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 - Ellicott City, Maryland

Ellicott City MD DNA Testing Locations

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

How to schedule a DNA Test in Ellicott City MD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Ellicott City 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 Ellicott City, 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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Ellicott City as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Ellicott City. 

Ellicott City, Maryland - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Ellicott City, MD

Establishing paternity in Ellicott City, Maryland provides several benefits for both parents and the child involved. If both parents are in agreement about paternity, they often choose to voluntarily establish paternity. This can be done by signing an Affidavit of Parentage, a voluntary document that determines paternity. This affidavit can be signed after the child is born. Once signed, the father's name can be added to the child's birth certificate. It is important for parents to be certain about paternity before signing this document, as it is legally binding. However, both parents have a sixty-day window to change their minds and revoke the affidavit if needed.

Another method to establish paternity in Ellicott City is through court proceedings. This option is commonly chosen by parents who have difficulties in communication, do not get along, or have doubts about paternity. In such cases, the judge may order genetic testing, typically a painless and quick DNA test, to confirm paternity. If paternity is established, the judge can also determine child support, visitation rights, and custody arrangements.

Health Street offers legal DNA testing services in Ellicott City, providing accurate results that are admissible in court. These tests can be used to prove paternity and establish other legally binding relationships.

Ellicott City, Maryland: Benefits of establishing paternity

Establishing paternity can offer benefits for the child and the parents. It can ensure that the child receives financial support from both parents, even if they do not live together. It can also allow the parents to work together in making important decisions about the child's life, health, and education. For the father, establishing paternity can secure the opportunity for custody and visitation hours with the child.

By establishing paternity, the child can gain:

Access to the medical history of both sides of the family can help with detecting different genetic diseases early on
Benefits like Social Security or medical insurance if applicable
The right to inherit

Last updated 5/11/2023

Neighborhoods Served in Ellicott City

Gray Rock Farm
Valley Mede
Oak Hill

Additional Services

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Abney at Law, P.C. (2022a, September 20). 5 steps for establishing paternity in Maryland. Abney at Law, P.C. https://www.abneyatlaw.com/blog/2018/11/5-steps-for-establishing-paternity-in-marylan/