DNA Test - Mount Airy, MD

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Mount Airy, Maryland at our centrally located testing center. Register now, or call us at (240) 394-5511 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.

Shedule an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.

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DNA Test - Mount Airy, Maryland

Mount Airy MD DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Mount Airy, Maryland locations:

The most commonly ordered DNA test is a Paternity Test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Paternity Testing can be performed at our testing centers. DNA Testing can be done for other close family relationships, such as:

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 people being tested. 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 registering online and shipping the specimens to us.

Legally Admissible DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible DNA testing service. 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. In order for the results of a DNA test to hold up in court, for child support, or to change the name on a birth certificate, the test must be done at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Mount Airy DNA testing technicians are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Mount Airy MD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Mount Airy 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. Register online, or please call our customer service team, which can help you book your appointment over the phone.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Mount Airy, plus many more locations throughout Maryland and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Mount Airy. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Mount Airy , MD so you can choose the testing center that is most convenient. When you register, you can also pick the appointment time and date that you prefer.

Why Health Street

More than a Decade of Experience

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

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Navigating Paternity Establishments in Mount Airy, MD

Establishing paternity is a legal process used by Mount Airy parents who are not married at the time of their child's birth. By signing and completing an Affidavit of Parentage following the child's birth, both parents can legally declare the child's biological father, which grants him the parental rights and responsibilities that would have been automatically assigned to the child's mother.

During some paternity establishments, a presumed father may deny paternity and refuse to sign the Affidavit of Parentage, preventing the main custodial parent from seeking monthly child support. In these cases, a Mount Airy parent must seek the assistance of the local family court to establish paternity. By filing a petition to establish paternity, a judge can then mandate that DNA paternity testing is conducted to identify the father, establish paternity, and create a child support agreement.

When to Seek DNA Paternity Testing in Mount Airy, MD

At the time two Mount Airy parents establish paternity for their child in the state of Maryland, they must have full confidence in the given paternity claim before moving forward. Establishing paternity off the basis of pure assumption could result in a man holding legal child support obligations for a child who is not biologically his.

To prevent any legal complications, it's important for Mount Airy parents to first seek DNA testing to properly identify a child's biological father. Once DNA testing results accurately identify the child's father, both parents can confidently move forward with establishing paternity as well as any parenting plans or child support agreements.

Disestablishing Paternity in Mount Airy, MD

Keep in mind that if DNA testing is not used to verify a child's paternity and it is learned later on that the presumed father is not biologically related to a child, Maryland law has certain restrictions for disestablishing paternity. Under Maryland law, parents have up to 60 days from the date of the affidavit's signing to submit a recession form. Upon the expiration of this 60-day mark, the affidavit can only be removed in court using evidence of duress, material mistake of fact, or fraud.

Last updated 10/17/2023

Neighborhoods Served in Mount Airy

Catoctin View
Falling Green
Flag Marsh
Gills Falls Park
Harvest Ridge
Lower Old Annapolis
Manor Wood
Summit Ridge

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"State of Maryland Affidavit of Parentage." Maryland Department of Health Division of Vital Records, https://dhs.maryland.gov/documents/CSA/CSA%20Forms/Affidavit%20of%20Parentage%20(English).pdf
"Paternity Establishment." Maryland Department of Human Services, https://dhs.maryland.gov/child-support-services/parents-and-caregivers/establish-paternity/
"Rescinding an Affidavit." Maryland Department of Human Services, https://dhs.maryland.gov/child-support-services/parents-and-caregivers/establish-paternity/
"Mount Airy, MD." Nextdoor, https://nextdoor.com/city/mount-airy--md/