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DNA Testing in Jersey City, New Jersey

Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Jersey City, New Jersey at 2 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (201) 350-3486 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 Jersey City NJ


Paternity Testing in Jersey City NJ

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Jersey City 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 anlalysis.

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 Jersey City 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 Jersey City NJ

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Jersey City 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 Jersey City, plus many more throughout New Jersey 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 Jersey City 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 Jersey City 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 Jersey City

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 New Jersey as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Jersey City 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 Jersey City or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Facts about DNA Testing in Jersey City NJ


Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Jersey City, NJ

If you're applying for child support or establishing custody of a child in Jersey City, your case should be heard at the Hudson Family Court on Newark Ave. A father can voluntarily agree to paternity in New Jersey by signing a Certificate of Parentage.

If a couple is unmarried and a man doesn't voluntarily agree that he is the father, the mother must complete the Certification in Support of Establishing Paternity form. The Family Court may order genetic (DNA) testing to be completed if there is any question of paternity. The testing must show there is a relationship between father and child with a 95% degree of certainty.

Local DNA Stories in Jersey City

North Jersey resident Bob MacNish grew up in Jersey City thinking he was the biological son of Thomas and Gladys MacNish. Bob had little to no inkling he was adopted, but he remembered a neighbor saying he was adopted, and at age 10, he surprised family members at Thanksgiving by asking what adoption was.

When he was 22 years old, Bob's father told him that he was adopted, but he got no further information. When he tried to look up his birth record, New Jersey law barred him from seeing it.

After 50 years, Bob took a DNA test, learning that he was mostly Italian, not Scottish or Irish. New Jersey law changed in 2016, giving him the ability to see his adoption birth records. Along with two other New Jersey residents, Bob became one of the first people to see his birth records.

With the help of a "search angel," a volunteer genealogical researcher, Bob located his mother, a 95-year-old living in Texas with her daughter Sheila -- Bob's younger sister.

Notable Historical Events Related to DNA Testing in Jersey City

In 1942, New Jersey adoption records were ordered to be sealed. Adoptions were often the result of unwanted pregnancies. New Jersey's legislature passed a law in 2014 which by 2016, allowed some people born in New Jersey to see their original birth certificates, making New Jersey one of 11 states that permit adopted children to see some of their birth and adoption records.

Ten states, including Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, and Kansas, allow adoptees to see their pre-adoption birth records with no restrictions. A total of 20 states have completely sealed adoption birth records.

Experts Say ...

April Dinwoodie, an adoptee and former CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Agency, told North that birth records were often sealed from adopted children because "something has gone wrong." Mothers in previous generations who gave children up for adoption were teens, unwed, or not married to fathers.

Why Choose Health Street


DNA Testing Experience

Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Jersey City, NJ was in January of 2013.

Commitment to Community

Health Street has a decade plus of dedication to the people of New Jersey and Jersey City in particular. One of our most famous DNA tests took place in Jersey City and was featured on an episode of Swab Stories on VH1 in 2015.

DNA Testing Locations


Clinic Hours of Operation

522 Central AvenueJersey City, NJ 07307
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMTuesday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMWednesday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMThursday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMFriday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMAbout this Location: We are just across from Washington Park, on the opposite side of the park from the Washington Park Dog Run.
600 Pavonia AvenueGround FloorJersey City, NJ 07306
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMSaturday: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AMAbout this Location: We're in the heart of Journal Square, just a block from the Journal Square Transportation Center.

Areas we Serve in Jersey City:

Journal Square
Exchange Place
Paulus Hook
West Bergen
Harsimus Cove
Historic Downtown

Additional Services Provided


Works Cited

New Jersey Court Forms for Child Support. New Jersey Courts,
"Certification in Support of Establishing Parentage." Superior Court of New Jersey,
"Paternity: Genetic Testing." New Jersey Child Support,
Washburn, Lindy. "A quest for answers: New Jersey adult adoptees' search for their birth families." North, 1 February 2018,
"State Adoption Legislation." American Adoption Congress, 2020,

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