DNA Test - Merced, CA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Merced, California at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (209) 720-2532 or schedule online. 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 Merced 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 - Merced, California

Merced CA DNA Testing Locations

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

How to schedule a DNA Test in Merced CA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Merced 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 Merced, plus many more locations throughout California 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 Merced, the state of Merced, California, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Merced 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 Merced. 

Merced, California - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Merced, California

Parents from Merced who were not married when the child was born must establish paternity. If both of them are sure about who the parents are, they can sign the Voluntary Declaration of Parentage (VDP). In California, most hospital staff can help when signing and filing the forms appropriately. Note that by doing so, the parents are legally established, which has the same effect as a court order.

However, sometimes an alleged parent disagrees with parentage or refuses to sign the VDP. Perhaps a man is informed that he is the father, but he questions if this is true. In these situations, people usually go to court. The judge may order a DNA test, which is quite common when establishing paternity. Often done as a cheek swab, the process is quick, painless, and reliable. When the judge receives the results from the laboratory, they may be considered, among other factors, to establish paternity.

Merced, CA: Benefits of establishing paternity

Establishing paternity can give multiple benefits to the child. Some of them can include, for example, getting financial and emotional support from both parents, having access to the medical history of both parents, and having both parents on the birth certificate. The child can also get the right to inherit from both parents, Social Security, health and life insurance, and even veteran's or disability benefits, if applicable.

However, it is not only the child who benefits from the establishment of parentage. Once paternity is established, both parents can share rights and responsibilities for the child. Both parents may be able to participate in important decisions about the child's well-being, for example, their health, religious upbringing, or education. Studies have shown that children who know both of their parents have a better chance of staying away from jail and substance abuse.

Last updated 2/2/2023

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