DNA Test - Independence, MO

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Independence, Missouri at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (816) 249-2185 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 Independence 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 - Independence, Missouri

Independence MO DNA Testing Locations

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

How to schedule a DNA Test in Independence MO

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Independence 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 Independence, plus many more locations throughout Missouri 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Independence, MO performed by Health Street was in 2019.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Independence that they need. 

Independence, MO - DNA Testing

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Independence, MO

DNA testing can prove whether a man is a child's biological father. DNA tests can be requested by the mother or the alleged father or ordered by a judge. DNA testing may be necessary if the man refuses to voluntarily establish paternity, a man does not believe he's the father, or either parent doubts paternity. In Independence, if a DNA test shows at least a 98 percent probability that a man is the child's father, he's presumed to be the child's father under state law. Once DNA testing proves paternity, paternity must be established for the father to become the legal father and obtain parental rights.

Establishing Paternity in Independence, MO

Unmarried parents in Independence can establish paternity voluntarily by signing an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity. This can be done at the hospital when the child is born or later at the Bureau of Vital Records or the Family Support Division. Once the form is signed by both parents, the man becomes the child's legal father. If one parent chooses not to sign the voluntary form, paternity can be established with a court order. If paternity is in question, the parents should not sign the form until obtaining DNA test results to determine the child's biological father.

Experts Say...

The Jennifer Benedict Law Office in Independence, MO explains that paternity is necessary for a father to have parental rights. "Until a judge of the circuit court orders a legal relationship between the father and the child, the father has no right to ask for visitation or have a say in how the child is raised, even if the father is already paying child support," the law office says. "Paternity determinations by child support enforcement are solely for the purpose of establishing child support and do not allow the father any parenting time."

Last updated 10/20/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Independence That We Serve

Fox Ridge
Lees Summit
Spring Branch
Town Hall
Truman Gateway

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"Establish Paternity." Missouri Department of Social Services, https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/establish-paternity.htm
"Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity." Missouri Courts, https://www.courts.mo.gov/file/Affadavits%20Acknowledging%20Paternity_RRE.pdf
"Vital Records." City of Independence, Missouri, https://www.ci.independence.mo.us/VitalRecords
"Paternity." Jennifer Benedict Law Office, LLC, https://www.jbenedictlaw.com/paternity