DNA Test - Germantown, MD

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Germantown, Maryland at 4 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (301) 800-7855 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 your Germantown 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 - Germantown, Maryland

Germantown MD DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Germantown, Maryland locations:

The most commonly ordered DNA test is a Paternity Test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Paternity Testing can be performed at our testing centers. DNA Testing can be done for other close family relationships, such as:

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 people being tested. 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 registering online and shipping the specimens to us.

Legally Admissible DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible DNA testing service. 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. In order for the results of a DNA test to hold up in court, for child support, or to change the name on a birth certificate, the test must be done at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Germantown DNA testing technicians are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Germantown MD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Germantown 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. Register online, or please call our customer service team, which can help you book your appointment over the phone.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Germantown, plus many more locations throughout Maryland and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Germantown. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Germantown , MD so you can choose the testing center that is most convenient. When you register, you can also pick the appointment time and date that you prefer.

Why Health Street

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Germantown, the state of Germantown, Maryland, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Germantown to neighborhoods everywhere.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Germantown. 

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Understanding Paternity Law in Germantown, MD

Under Maryland state law, when a mother is married at the time of conception or birth of a child, the law presumes that the husband is the child's legal father. However, when a child is born to parents who are not married, only the child's mother will possess parental rights until both parents properly establish paternity.

Establishing paternity is the process of legally declaring a biological father as a legal father to grant him his parental rights and responsibilities over a Germantown child. To establish paternity in the state of Maryland, both parents must agree to sign an Affidavit of Parentage. Since this is a lawfully binding process, it's crucial that parents first use DNA testing to identify the birth father.

Rescinding a Paternity Affidavit in Germantown, MD

Although not common, it's not unheard of for a legal father to later learn that he is actually not the biological father of a child. In the state of Maryland, if a parent has already signed an Affidavit of Parentage, they have up to 60 days following its filing to have it rescinded in the event of mistaken paternity.

Demonstrating the importance of DNA paternity testing, if this 60-day mark has passed, then the previously presumed father will need to submit a court order to rescind the affidavit and remove his parental obligations. At this point, Montgomery County Court will only move forward with the removal of child support obligations if he can demonstrate proof of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact.

Experts in Germantown, MD Say…

Once DNA testing has been used to help establish paternity, Germantown parents will need to settle on a child support and custody agreement personally or through court action. According to Germantown family law attorney Alice Paré, child support is awarded to the main custodial parent and is calculated via a variety of factors set by the state. Factors that impact monthly support amounts include the number of overnights the child spends with each parent, the number of children, and expenses specific to the child, such as medical care and education.

Last updated 1/25/2023

Neighborhoods in Germantown Served by our Clinics

Cedar Creek Estates
Century Row
Eton Square
Fox Chapel I
Germantown Estates
Greenridge & Summerfield
Kingsview Ridge
Manchester Farms
Meadow Creek
Montgomery Overlook
Seneca Park North
Waring Station Park

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Understanding Paternity Cases." Montgomery County MD Circuit Court, https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cct/paternity.html#steps
"Affidavit of Parentage." State of Maryland, https://dhs.maryland.gov/documents/CSA/CSA%20Forms/Affidavit%20of%20Parentage%20(English).pdf
"Rescinding an Affidavit." Maryland Department of Human Services, https://dhs.maryland.gov/child-support-services/apply-for-support-services/establish-paternity/
"How Does Child Support Work in Maryland?" Pare and Associates, https://www.alicelaw.com/child-support/
"Germantown, MD." Nextdoor, https://nextdoor.com/city/germantown--md/