DNA Test – Pensacola, FL
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Pensacola, Florida at 6 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (850) 203-5996 or schedule online. We offer legal paternity tests, sibling studies, grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing to determine if people are biologically related.
Set up DNA testing appointments online. Test results can be used in court for child support or to change a birth certificate; it can also be used for simple peace of mind. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We can also extract DNA samples from hair follicles, fingernails, and other specimens.
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DNA Test – Pensacola, Florida
Types of DNA Tests at our Pensacola, Florida 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:
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 Pensacola DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Pensacola FL
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Pensacola 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 Pensacola, plus many more locations throughout Florida 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
A Decade Plus of Experience
Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Pensacola, FL was in 2018.
Commitment to CommunityWe at Health Street are dedicated to providing the best DNA testing in Pensacola, Florida.
Pensacola, FL DNA Testing
What Are DNA Tests Used For?
DNA testing in Pensacola, Florida, can be used for both legal and personal needs. Common reasons for DNA testing include the following.
Mothers sometimes request paternity testing if they are unsure about the identity of the biological father or are looking to establish child support. Often, men seek paternity testing to establish legal paternity or dispute paternity claims.
Child Custody and Support
If paternity is not established, custody and child support cannot be determined. When the child is born out of wedlock, a paternity test may be used to determine the father-child relationship and establish other rights and obligations afterward.
Changing a Birth Certificate
When a married woman gives birth, her husband is presumed to be the legal father. However, if paternity is disputed or another man believes he is the biological father, DNA testing may be required to confirm paternity and modify the birth certificate accordingly. For unmarried mothers, the biological father’s name must be added to the birth certificate through additional legal steps.
How DNA Tests Are Analyzed
There are multiple ways of collecting DNA, but the most commonly used method is a cheek swab, which is non-invasive, painless, quick, and reliable. Once the samples are collected, they will be tested in a certified laboratory by a technician who must compare at least 21 genetic markers to determine whether the DNA matches.
How Long Does It Take to Receive DNA Test Results?
It can take up to two weeks, depending on which type of DNA test you choose. Usually, cheek swab test results are quicker, whereas a hair follicle DNA test can take more time.
Establishing Paternity in Florida
Unwed parents from Pensacola, Florida, have two options for establishing paternity:
- Signing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, which is often done at the hospital after the baby is born in the presence of a notary public. Once both parents sign the document, the hospital will file it with the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics, and the father’s name will be added to the birth certificate.
- Another option is going to court and establishing paternity with a legal order, which often includes DNA testing to prove the child-father relationship.
Last updated 12/9/2023