DNA Test - Lanham, MD

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Lanham, Maryland at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (301) 307-1397 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 Lanham 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 - Lanham, Maryland

Lanham MD DNA Testing Locations

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

How to schedule a DNA Test in Lanham MD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Lanham 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 Lanham, plus many more locations throughout Maryland 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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Lanham, the state of Lanham, Maryland, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Lanham to neighborhoods everywhere.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Lanham. 

DNA Test Info for Lanham, MD

Benefits of Establishing Paternity in Lanham, MD

Unlike paternity for married parents, only a mother will possess parental rights when an unmarried Lanham couple has a child until both parties establish legal paternity. By completing the paternity establishment process, both parents declare the identity of the child's biological father and allow his name to be placed on the child's birth certificate.

It's important to recognize that Lanham, MD parents are supporting a child's well-being by establishing paternity. This is because legal paternity allows either parent to apply for and request monthly child support services. Likewise, because the child will have two legally recognized parents, they can receive benefits such as social security and inheritance from either party.

How to Establish Paternity in Lanham, MD

Lanham parents have two ways of legally establishing paternity in the state of Maryland. The first and simplest way is by completing an Affidavit of Parentage. This form, which is first presented by hospital staff following a child's birth, is used to legally recognize the child's father and establish paternity. This method should only be used if there is zero doubt in a child's paternity or if DNA testing has been completed to successfully identify the child's biological father.

The second method of establishing paternity in the state of Maryland is by filing a petition through Prince George's Family Court. This method should be used by a parent who is encountering difficulties having the other parent agree to establish paternity, either due to denial or general inability to locate the individual.

Filing a petition to establish paternity allows the court system to issue a summons requesting that both parents and the child complete DNA testing. If testing successfully identifies the biological father, then the establishment process can proceed and be legally declared in court.

Experts in Lanham, MD Say…

Following the legal establishment of paternity, two parents may require further assistance from the court system to establish a custody agreement. According to Lanham Family Law Attorney Rosalyn Otieno, although many believe mothers are favored in court, the fact is that Maryland courts equally assess both parental parties during a custody agreement hearing.

When a custody agreement needs to be constructed, a judge will look at both parents' current living and income conditions, as well as various factors like the individual's criminal history and the child's preference. With these details, a custody agreement can be constructed that works in the best interest of the child.

Neighborhoods In and Around Lanham That We Serve

Cipriano Springs
Cottages At Glenarden
Greenbelt Woods
Hickory Hill
Kidmore Park
Lanham Heights
Martins Woods
Princess Gardens
Whitfield Woods
Wood Glen

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Affidavit of Parentage." State of Maryland, https://dhs.maryland.gov/documents/CSA/CSA%20Forms/Affidavit%20of%20Parentage%20(English).pdf
"Family Division Information Center." Prince George's County Judicial Branch, https://www.princegeorgescourts.org/266/Family-Division-Information-Center
"Father Rights." Rosalyn W. Otieno, Attorney at Law, https://www.otienolaw.com/practice-areas/father-rights/
"Neighborhoods in Lanham." Neighborhoods.com, https://www.neighborhoods.com/md/lanham