DNA Test - Hilton Head Island, SC

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at 3 testing laboratories. Call (843) 350-4518 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 a 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 Testing in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island SC DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Hilton Head Island SC

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Hilton Head Island testing centers to validate close family relationships. The most commonly ordered DNA test is a legal paternity test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Health Street's 21 marker DNA paternity testing is the state of the art. Our paternity test results are statistically conclusive at the rate of 99.9% or greater.

Other DNA Tests

Relationship Tests to validate grandparent to grandchild, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles:

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)

DNA tests such as sibling or avuncular studies, can sometimes come back with a result of less than 95% certainty. This is normal, especially if only two parties participate in the test. Adding an additional close relative to the test helps us learn more about the family's DNA composition and typically leads to a more conclusive result.

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to perform a genetic sample collection for a paternity test is by a swab of the inner cheeks. These skin cells, known as buccal cells, rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place, to be extracted by our testing laboratories for analysis.

Other specimens, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone's DNA, can also undergo lab testing to see if there is a match. These non-standard DNA tests are done by registering online for an Alternative Specimen DNA Test (Nails, Teeth, Fabric). Once registered, you ship the DNA sample to our lab. We'll attempt to extract the DNA and compare it to a cheek swab of the other party.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

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 to hold up in court, the DNA specimen must be collected at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. The DNA testing technicians at our Hilton Head Island test centers are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

The results of our legal DNA tests can be used for any legal purpose:

to change the name on a birth certificate
to petition for child support
to petition for survivor benefits
for child custody arrangements
to alter inheritance procedures or wills

Home tests offer more flexibility:

Home DNA tests are specimens containing DNA (or possible DNA) that are shipped to us for analysis. The results of these home tests cannot be used in court (since there is no way to prove whose specimens were actually sent). However, the tests are just as accurate and can provide peace of mind. At-home DNA tests also offer a lot more flexibility.

In addition to commonly mailed in DNA specimens like hair follicles, we can also extract DNA from other bodily fluids. We can even try and lift the DNA left on items like clothing, a toothbrush, or a straw. If we can get the DNA from the alternative item, we can then compare it to another person to see if they are related. Some examples include:

Stained garments
Mucus and other bodily fluids
Soda cans
Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Hilton Head Island SC

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Hilton Head Island clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week, though it's always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. We have clinics in Hilton Head Island, plus many more throughout South Carolina and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that's most convenient. You'll pick the times and days that you prefer.

You can set up separate appointments for each of the people being tested, either at the same location or at different locations. You'll get an email and text message with your appointment information. There is no fee if you need to change the time or location of a DNA test appointment at any time.

How long it takes to get results of a DNA test

Paternity tests conducted at one of our Hilton Head Island facilities typically take about a week to come back. Other relationship tests, such as sibling studies, can take a few days longer to come back. When the results are ready, you are notified immediately via email. Then, the hard copies of the paperwork are sent afterward via regular mail.

The DNA test appointment - what to expect and what to bring

The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes. The specimen collection process is a simple and painless cheek swab. No needles are used. When you're being tested at our Hilton Head Island clinic, you'll be asked to provide fingerprints and to show photo identification. We'll also take pictures of the people being tested so that the final report will include legal assurances of who was actually tested.

For infants, hospital discharge papers qualify as identification. Otherwise, a birth certificate or social security card can be used as ID for a child. No other preparations are required for this appointment.

Does the mother need to be present at a paternity test?

If a man is considered the legal father of a child, then the mother does not have to be present or give consent for paternity testing. However, if he is not currently considered the legal father, then he cannot sign for the child. Therefore, the mother does need to be there. If neither parent is available, other legal guardians can bring the child so long as they have the right to make medical decisions on the child's behalf.

DNA testing if one party is not in Hilton Head Island

The two parties testing (for example: father and child) do not have to be tested at the same time or even at the same location. We have many clinics across South Carolina as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Hilton Head Island and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.

Laboratory certifications

Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Hilton Head Island or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Hilton Head Island, SC was in 2018.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Hilton Head Island. 

Facts about DNA Testing in Hilton Head Island SC

Establishing Paternity in Hilton Head Island, SC

In Hilton Head, if a child is born into a marriage, the mother's partner is automatically granted legal paternity. In the case two parents aren't legally married at the time a child is born, both parents will need to take the necessary steps to establish legal paternity. If two unmarried parents agree on paternity, they can both sign a Paternity Acknowledgment Affidavit prior to the child's birth or at the hospital following birth to legally establish parenthood.

Another situation parents in Hilton Head Island, SC may experience is when one parent wishes to establish paternity while the other does not. When a mother wants to establish paternity, she must complete a Custodial Parent Application for Child Support Services and request DNA testing to prove fatherhood. If a mother refuses to sign a Paternity Acknowledgment Affidavit to establish and prove paternity, the father must complete a Non-Custodial Parent Application for Child Support Services.

Bear in mind, a Paternity Acknowledgment Affidavit becomes a legally binding document after 60 days. Therefore, it's important to pause on completing the affidavit if there is any sort of uncertainty regarding the paternity of a child. From here, parents can either complete a private or court-admissible DNA test to reach a solution.

Paternity Programs Unique to Hilton Head Island, SC

South Carolina's Responsible Father Registry program provides unmarried fathers with the right to be notified when adoption or termination of parental rights occurs. The Department of Social Services maintains the registry for fathers who believe that they are the biological father of a child though not the child's legal guardian.

In order to register, a presumed father may file before or after the child's birth. However, all actions must be taken before any efforts to terminate parental rights or adoptive actions have been filed in court. Once a father's details have been successfully listed in the registry, he will be lawfully notified of any actions to terminate his parental rights or adopt the child.

Experts Say...

Beaufort County Attorney Addison Fender recommends specific avenues to take when a father encounters difficulties while attempting to gain custody of a child. If the parents of a child are unmarried at the time of birth, the mother will have sole custody once the child is born. Fender recommends fathers should "establish that you are the child's father as soon as possible" as this will grant you certain legal rights such as custody and visitation.

Similarly, if the mother takes or hides the child, and civil action to gain custody has been filed by the father, he gains the right to file a request to use Federal Parent Locator Services to locate his child.

Neighborhoods in Hilton Head Island Served by our Clinics

Hilton Head Plantation
Indigo Run
Long Cove
Palmetto Dunes
Palmetto Hall Plantation
Port Royal
Shipyard Plantation
Spanish Wells
Wexford Plantation
Windmill Harbour

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Establishing Paternity for Unmarried Parents" South Carolina Parenting Opportunity Program, https://dss.sc.gov/media/1253/est-pat-booklet-2014.pdf
"Custodial Parent Application for Child Support Services" South Carolina Department of Social Services, https://dss.sc.gov/media/1263/child-support-application.pdf
"Non-Custodial Parent Application for Child Support Services" South Carolina Department of Social Services, https://dss.sc.gov/media/1587/dss-form-27103-ncp-application.pdf
"Responsible Father Registry" South Carolina Department of Social Services, https://dss.sc.gov/adoption/responsible-father-registry/
"Fathers Rights in South Carolina" Fender Law Firm LLC, https://www.fenderlawfirm.com/fathers-right-south-carolina/
"The Neighborhoods of Hilton Head Island." Hilton Head Real Estate Partners, https://hiltonheadrealestatepartners.com/hilton-head-island/area-info/hilton-head-island-communities/