DNA Test - Panama City, FL

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Panama City, Florida at 2 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (850) 250-2608 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 Panama City 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 - Panama City, Florida

Panama City FL DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Panama City, Florida 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:

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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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 Panama City 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 Panama City FL

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Panama City 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 Panama City, plus many more locations throughout Florida and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Panama City. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Panama City , FL 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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Panama City, FL was in 2018.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Panama City. 

Panama City, FL DNA Testing

DNA Testing Reunites Panama City Woman with Sibling

When Panama City resident Loismay Collier was in her 20s, she grew curious about the identity of her birth father. After receiving a DNA test as a gift from her husband, she learned that she was a match with several close cousins. After speaking to them and eventually taking her search to social media she eventually connected with Jason Ferriera. When a DNA test confirmed he was her sibling, all of the parts started to come together. The two have now met in person and look forward to continuing to develop their relationship. Reflecting on the experience, Collier said, "Nothing has felt better than having that wholeness in my life."

Why Establish Paternity in Panama City?

Establishing a child's paternity is important for a wide range of reasons. According to experts at the Panama City-based Seaton Law Offices, when a child is born to married parents, both the mother and father have the same legal rights and responsibilities. However, when a child's parents are unmarried, the mother has full responsibility until legal paternity has been established. She has sole custody and can make all decisions regarding the child. The child's father is not responsible for paying child support and cannot legally request custody or visitation rights or have a say in how the child is raised.

4 Ways for Unmarried Parents to Establish Paternity in Panama City

Experts at Panama City's Virga Law Firm explain that in the state of Florida, there are four primary ways for unmarried parents to establish a child's legal paternity. This includes:

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Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity: The mother and father both sign and file a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VOP) form. Once it's processed, the man becomes the child's legal father.
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Legitimation: The child's mother and biological father marry after the child is born and formally update the child's birth record.
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Court Order: A judge determines the child's paternity, typically following DNA testing. The resulting court order outlines details including parental responsibility, custody rights, and time-sharing plans.
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Administrative Order: If DNA testing proves that a man is a child's biological father, the Florida State Child Support Program can issue an administrative order, establishing paternity and instructing the Bureau of Vital Statistics to add the father's name to the child's birth certificate.

Last updated 1/6/2024

Neighborhoods Served in Panama City

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Glenwood
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Gulf Lagoon Beach
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Legend Lakes
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Lincoln Park
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Pretty Bayou
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Sago Park

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Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:

Citations

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"Paternity." Seaton Law Offices, P.A., https://www.seatonlawfl.com/family-law/paternity/
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"How to Establish Paternity in Florida." The Virga Law Firm, P.A., https://www.thevirgalawfirm.com/blog/2022/april/how-to-establish-paternity-in-florida/
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"Acknowledgment of Paternity." Florida Health, https://www.floridahealth.gov/certificates/certificates/birth/_documents/DH_432_Ack_Paternity.pdf
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"Paternity." Florida Department of Revenue, https://floridarevenue.com/childsupport/Pages/paternity.aspx#fifth
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