DNA Testing – Jacksonville, North Carolina

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Jacksonville, North Carolina at 5 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (910) 294-4907 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 – Jacksonville, North Carolina

Jacksonville NC DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Jacksonville, North Carolina

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville NC

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville, plus many more throughout North 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 Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville

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 North Carolina as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville, NC was in 2018.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Facts about DNA Testing in Jacksonville NC

Establishing Paternity in Jacksonville NC

There are many benefits to establishing legal paternity. According to Onslow County Child Support Services, this includes giving the child a stronger sense of identity, access to a family medical history, and access to Social Security benefits, insurance benefits, and death benefits. Legal paternity is also necessary before the courts can issue a child support order.

When a child is born to an unmarried couple in Jacksonville, paternity is either established by both parents signing a voluntary affidavit of parentage or one or both parents filing a case with the courts. If there’s any doubt about the child’s paternity, a DNA test is recommended before signing any paperwork. When both the mother and father sign an affidavit of parentage, it’s filed with the North Carolina Vital Records department. This also gives permission for the father’s name to be filed on the child’s birth certificate. When the courts establish a child’s paternity a child support order is usually entered at the same time.

For more information, local residents can visit Onslow County Child Support Services at 201 Parkwood Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28546.

Jacksonville Child Custody Rules for Unmarried Parents

According to Trevor Avery, a family law attorney in Jacksonville, when a child’s parents are married at the time of a child’s birth, they both have equal rights and responsibilities. However, when a child is born to an unwed mother, the mother is presumed to have 100% custody of the child. This gives her the sole legal right to make decisions for the child. Denying visitation is well within her rights.

A father who wants visitation with his child must first file an action of paternity to obtain custody rights. Along with visitation, custody also grants the right to make decisions regarding the child’s medical treatment, education, extra-curricular activities, and more.

The Local Economy, Jobs, and Major Industries in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is primarily known as a military town. As such, many of the economic opportunities here center around military service and support. The area is home to many military service members, contract workers, and government employees. The city’s beautiful beaches draw many visitors, making the service industry another important part of Jacksonville’s economy.


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Jacksonville, North Carolina

7 Office Park Drive Suite 2 Jacksonville, NC 28546
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM(M Lunch: 12-1:30 PM)Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM(T Lunch: 12-1:30 PM)Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM(W Lunch: 12-1:30 PM)Thursday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM(Th Lunch: 12-1:30 PM)Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM(F Lunch: 12-1:30 PM) About this Location: Paternity Tests in Jacksonville, North Carolina are available at this clinic in walking distance from Coastal Carolina. Community College.

Neighborhoods Served in Jacksonville

Aragona Village
Brynn Marr
Cardinal Village
Forbes Estates
Hunter’s Creek
Kanton Ridge
Towne Pointe

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We also offer other services, such as:

North Carolina Background Check for Jacksonville, NC businesses


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“Paternity (General Public FAQs).” Onslow County Child Support Serviceshttp://www.onslowcountycss.com/faq.html#pubpaternity
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