DNA Testing – Jacksonville, North Carolina

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Jacksonville, North Carolina at 4 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:

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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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:

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to change the name on a birth certificate
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to petition for child support
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to petition for survivor benefits
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for child custody arrangements
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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:

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Q-tips
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Stained garments
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Mucus and other bodily fluids
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Soda cans
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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. 

Jacksonville, NC – DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Jacksonville, NC

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, parents can establish paternity voluntarily or involuntarily. The most convenient way of establishing paternity is at the hospital when the baby is born. Parents can simply sign the Affidavit of Parentage (AOP), and the hospital staff will assist them with filing it. However, parents should only do this if both agree on paternity and have no doubts that the father is the biological father, as the AOP is legally binding.

Parents can also choose to establish paternity through the court system. In many cases, the judge will ask the alleged father and the child to take a DNA test, which serves as concrete evidence of their biological relationship. These tests are reliable, painless, and efficient, often conducted through a simple cheek swab.

Health Street provides reliable and accurate DNA testing services in Jacksonville, NC. Whether you need a paternity test for legal purposes or simply for peace of mind, Health Street offers a variety of testing options to meet your specific needs.

Jacksonville, North Carolina: Benefits of establishing paternity

It is crucial for unmarried parents to seriously consider establishing paternity, as it can provide numerous benefits and safeguard against potential future issues. Even in cases where the parents are currently living together and maintain a positive relationship, circumstances can change, making it prudent to establish legal paternity. By establishing paternity, both parents gain equal rights and responsibilities towards their children, ensuring a fair and balanced approach to parenting.

Establishing paternity allows the father to petition the court for custody and visitation rights, providing a legal framework for involvement in the child’s life. Additionally, with paternity established, the father can actively participate in making important decisions that affect the child’s upbringing and well-being.

For the child, establishing paternity can bring a range of advantages, which can include:

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Financial and emotional support from both parents
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Life and health insurance
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Social Security
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Access to the medical history of both families
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The right to inherit
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Veterans and disability benefits, if applicable

Last updated 4/26/2023

Neighborhoods Served in Jacksonville

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Commons Drive
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Verona
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Decatur Road
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Pumpkin Center
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Laguna Bay
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Magnolia Grove
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Marshall Farm
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Millpond Village
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Northwoods Park
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Onslow Bay
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Parkwood Estates

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

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North Carolina Background Check for Jacksonville, NC businesses

Citations

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NCDHHS. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2023, from https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/child-support-services/css-services#:~:text=Paternity%20can%20be%20established%20by,on%20the%20Affidavit%20of%20Parentage.
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Castillo, A. (2013, December 13). Paternity in North Carolina. www.divorcenet.com. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from https://www.divorcenet.com/resources/paternity-north-carolina.html