DNA Test - Erie, PA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Erie, Pennsylvania at 11 testing laboratories. Call (814) 436-3329 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 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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DNA Test - Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie PA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Erie, Pennsylvania 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:

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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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 Erie DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Erie PA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Erie 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 Erie, plus many more locations throughout Pennsylvania 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. The first DNA test we performed in Erie, PA was in 2018.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Erie, Pennsylvania - DNA Testing

DNA Test Reunites Erie Woman with Sister

Elaine Crandall of Erie, PA was adopted in 1956 and despite wondering about her biological family, she never pursued any type of search. When her daughter, Sarah Crandall took a DNA test, she was surprised to learn that she was a 99% match with a woman named April Grant. It turned out that April and Elaine were sisters and April had been searching for decades for the sister she believed she had. The sisters were able to make a connection and have met in person several times. When asked about the meeting, April said, "Elaine and I, not only do we look alike, I'm pretty sure we have the same personalities."

Establishing Paternity in Erie, PA

"Establishing paternity" means determining a child's "legal" father. In the state of Pennsylvania, if a child is born to unmarried parents, paternity can either be established "voluntarily" or "involuntarily." If both parents agree that the man is the child's biological father, they can sign and file a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form.

If the alleged father signs the form but the mother refuses to sign it, the Department of Public Welfare registers it as a "claim to paternity." While this does not provide the man with any paternity rights, it does allow him to be notified of any attempts to give the child up for adoption. If the man wants paternity rights, he must file a request with the courts to establish paternity "involuntarily." In most cases, the courts will require a DNA test before making a ruling.

Either the child's mother or father can file a Petition to Determine Paternity with the family courts or the mother can begin the process by filing a Complaint for Child Support. Individuals in Erie seeking child support should contact the Erie County Domestic Relations division, which is located at the Erie County Courthouse, 140 West Sixth Street, Room 6H, Erie, PA 16501.

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

There are many important benefits of establishing a child's legal paternity in the state of Pennsylvania. This includes:

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Being able to add the father's name to the child's birth certificate
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The ability for the child to receive an inheritance from his or her father
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Eligibility to receive benefits based on the father's records, including Social Security, U.S. military or veteran's benefits, and health insurance

According to attorneys at the Erie-based Cairns Law Offices, the courts cannot issue child support or child custody orders until legal paternity has been established.

Last updated 11/22/2022

Locations

Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Erie, Pennsylvania

2020 East 38th Street Erie, PA 16510
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M: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PMT: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PMW: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PMTh: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PMF: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM About this Location: Erie Maennerchor Club, a private social club with a rich history dating back to 1892, is located just a few blocks away from our location. It offers dining, entertainment, and various social activities.
3315 Liberty Street Erie, PA 16508
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M: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PMT: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PMW: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PMTh: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PMF: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PMSa: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM About this Location: Frontier Park, located a few blocks from our location, is a beautiful urban green space. It features a lagoon, walking trails, and a playground, making it a popular spot for outdoor activities.
4916 Buffalo Road Erie, PA 16510
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M: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM(M Lunch: 11:30-12 PM)T: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM(T Lunch: 11:30-12 PM)W: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM(W Lunch: 11:30-12 PM)Th: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM(Th Lunch: 11:30-12 PM)F: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM(F Lunch: 11:30-12 PM) About this Location: Lawrence Park Golf Club, located not far from our location, is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts. It features a well-maintained course and a welcoming clubhouse.
4108 Zuck Road Erie, PA 16506
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M: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMT: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMW: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMTh: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMF: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AM About this Location: Millcreek Mall is a large shopping complex near our location. It boasts a wide range of stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it a popular destination for both locals and visitors.
350 East Bayfront Parkway Erie, PA 16507
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M: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PMT: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PMW: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PMTh: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PMF: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM About this Location: Liberty Park, a beautiful green space near our location, is a popular spot for outdoor activities. It features a playground, picnic areas, and a stunning view of the Presque Isle Bay.
2501 West 12th Street Suite B Erie, PA 16505
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M: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PMT: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PMW: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PMTh: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PMF: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM About this Location: Presque Isle State Park, located near our location, is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. It is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, boating, and bird watching.
7200 Peach Street Unit 16 Erie, PA 16509
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M: 7:00 AM - 10:30 AMT: 7:00 AM - 10:30 AMW: 7:00 AM - 10:30 AMTh: 7:00 AM - 10:30 AMF: 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM About this Location: Presque Isle Downs & Casino, located not far from our location, is a well-known gaming and entertainment venue. It features a variety of slot machines, table games, live horse racing, and multiple dining options, providing a vibrant atmosphere for visitors.
4247 West Ridge Road Suite 102 Erie, PA 16506
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M: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMT: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMW: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMTh: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMF: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM About this Location: Millcreek Mall, a large shopping center located near our location, is a great place for shopping, dining, and entertainment. It features a wide range of stores and restaurants.
1324 E Grandview Blvd Erie, PA 16504
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M: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMT: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMW: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMTh: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AMF: 6:30 AM - 11:30 AM About this Location: Erie Golf Club, a popular golf course, is just a short distance from our location. It features a well-maintained 18-hole course and a clubhouse with dining facilities.
5039 Peach Street Erie, PA 16509
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M: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PMT: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PMW: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PMTh: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PMF: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PMSa: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PMSu: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM About this Location: Erie Golf Club is a well-maintained golf course that offers a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. It's a great place to enjoy a round of golf or simply take in the beautiful scenery, and it's just a short distance from our location.
3010 W Lake Road Erie, PA 16505
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M: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PMT: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PMW: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PMTh: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PMF: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM About this Location: Waldameer Park & Water World is an amusement and water park. It features a variety of rides, games, and attractions for all ages. It's a fun-filled destination close to our location.

Neighborhoods in Erie Served by our Clinics

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Amherst
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Belle Valley
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Central City
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East Side
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Federal Hill
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Ken Acres
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Melrose Park
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Parkside
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Sigsbee
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Tracydale North
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Vineyard Village
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Wintergreen

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:

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Citations

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Matson, Emily. "Reunited Through Science: DNA Testing Leads Erie Woman to Long-Lost Sister." Erie News Now, 8 September 2020, https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/42605071/reunited-through-science-dna-testing-leads-erie-woman-to-longlost-sister
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"Acknowledgment of Paternity." Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, http://services.dpw.state.pa.us/oimpolicymanuals/ma/PA_CS_0611.pdf
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Krause, Beth A. T. "Paternity in Pennsylvania." DivorceNet, https://www.divorcenet.com/resources/paternity-pennsylvania.html
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"Domestic Relations." Erie County Pennsylvania, https://eriecountypa.gov/courts/family-court/domestic-relations/
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"Can Child Support Be Ordered Without Establishing Paternity in Pennsylvania?" Cairns Law Offices, 9 March 2020, https://www.mypadivorcelawyer.com/blogs-articles/2020/march/can-child-support-be-ordered-without-establishin/
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"What will establishing paternity do for my child?" Pennsylvania Human Services, https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/csws/csws/forms/PUB575v210.pdf
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