DNA Test - Harrisburg, PA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at 7 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (717) 276-1417 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 Harrisburg 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 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg PA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 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 Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg PA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg, plus many more locations throughout Pennsylvania and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Harrisburg. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Harrisburg , PA 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 Harrisburg, the state of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Harrisburg, PA was in 2017.Since then, we have done 42 DNA and paternity tests in Harrisburg.

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 Harrisburg. 

Harrisburg, PA DNA Testing

What Are DNA Tests Used For?

DNA tests have a wide range of uses, from establishing paternity and child custody to changing birth certificates or proving a relationship with a deceased person for inheritance or benefits. Here is some helpful information about DNA testing in Harrisburg, PA.

Paternity Testing

Paternity testing can clarify biological fatherhood in cases of multiple potential fathers, legal disputes, or to establish parental rights and responsibilities. Child custody and support determinations require established paternity, often via DNA testing, to make informed legal decisions.

Child Custody and Support

When determining child custody or support, unwed parents must first establish paternity. To do so, the alleged father and the child may have to undergo DNA testing to prove their relationship. After paternity is established, the judge can also determine custody and child support.

Changing a Birth Certificate

When doubts about paternity lead to the need for corrections on a birth certificate, DNA testing is the method of choice for proving biological parentage. DNA testing can ensure that paternity is accurately reflected on the birth certificate.

Post-Mortem Testing

In some inheritance cases, it is necessary to do post-mortem DNA testing to prove a relationship with the deceased person. This is usually performed for reasons like inheritance or benefits.

How DNA Tests Are Analyzed

Individuals who want to get their DNA analyzed must provide certified laboratories with their DNA samples. Then, our experts compare the samples and determine the probability of these individuals being related. Participants receive DNA reports with all the necessary information.

How Long Does It Take to Receive DNA Test Results?

Cheek swab samples usually provide results within one week. Alternative specimen testing, such as hair follicle DNA tests, can take up to two weeks to process.

Establishing Paternity in Pennsylvania

Unmarried parents can establish paternity in Pennsylvania in two ways.

  1. When neither has any doubts, they can sign the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, which is often available at the hospital right after the baby is born. They should sign it in front of a witness and file it with the Department of Public Welfare. After that, the father's name can be added to the birth certificate, and he will become the legal father.
  2. If parents disagree about paternity or do not communicate, they can go to court and let the judge decide. The judge often orders a DNA test to prove the father-child relationship.

Last updated 1/11/2024

Neighborhoods in Harrisburg Served by our Clinics

Allison Hill
City Island
Historic Districts
East Harrisburg
South Harrisburg
Camp Hill
New Cumberland

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


Beth A. T. Krause, A. (University of M. S. of L. (2013, August 7). Paternity in Pennsylvania. www.divorcenet.com. https://www.divorcenet.com/resources/paternity-pennsylvania.html
Paternity. Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania. (2023, May 22). https://www.alleghenycourts.us/family/departments/paternity/