DNA Testing - Meridian, Idaho
Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Meridian, Idaho at 7 conveniently located testing laboratories. Register now, or call us at (208) 314-5534 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 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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Paternity Testing in Meridian, Idaho
There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Meridian DNA 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:
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 in Meridian 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 Meridian 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:
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:
How to schedule a DNA Test in Meridian ID
Scheduling a test at one of our Meridian DNA testing locations 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 several clinics here in Meridian, plus many more throughout Idaho and across the entire United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations to your ZIP code; you can choose the one that's most convenient and schedule an appointment.
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 Meridian 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 Meridian 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 Meridian
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 Idaho as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Meridian and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.
Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Meridian or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.
Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Meridian, ID
If a child is born to unmarried parents in Idaho, the state regards that there is no legal bond between the child and father until paternity is legally established. A father can voluntarily acknowledge paternity by signing the voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity Affidavit at the local offices of Idaho Child Support Services, and at the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, which is located on State St. in Boise.
If you need to prove paternity for child support purposes, Idaho Child Support Services can help to establish paternity by assisting with genetic (DNA) testing. The Child Support Office will schedule genetic testing for parents and child. The Idaho Child Support Office that serves Ada County and Meridian is located on Westgate Drive in Boise.
Local DNA Stories
In May 2019, Idaho's Board of Health & Welfare voted to require a medical or mental health professional's authorization and medical information, such as DNA testing, for a minor to change their gender on their birth certificates. Idaho's Department of Health & Welfare has been embroiled in controversy over birth certificate gender changes since a 2017 federal lawsuit, which told the state that people could voluntarily change the gender that appeared on their birth certificate.
Since the outcome of the lawsuit in April 2018, Idaho's Bureau of Vital Statistics received 101 applications for a gender change. Fifteen of the applications were for minors under age 18.
Notable historical events related to DNA testing in Meridian, ID
Since 2017, Idaho's legislature and Department of Health & Welfare have been embroiled in controversy regarding transgender rights to change the sex on their birth certificate. Idaho's legislature enacted a law banning gender changes on birth certificates effective July 1, 2020. The 2020 law is in opposition to the 2018 federal court decision that ordered Idaho to stop banning transgender sex changes on birth certificates, or require DNA testing for such a change.
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Kara Ingelhart, Peter C. Renn, and Monica Cockerille were the original attorneys who sued on behalf of two Idaho plaintiffs who wanted to change the sex on their birth certificates. The attorneys informed the state that the federal court had determined that Idaho couldn't require transgender people to comply with an unequal or unfair burden in requesting a change to the sex recorded on their birth certificates.
In order "to apply for a change in paternity information the applicant is not required to submit medical evidence, such as DNA confirmation, to prove paternity or non-paternity," the attorneys wrote.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Meridian, ID was in September of 2016. Since then, our Meridian clinic locations have completed 9 DNA tests for local residents at our Meridian specimen collection sites, plus thousands more in other Idaho locations and across the USA.