DNA Test - Portsmouth, VA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Portsmouth, Virginia at 2 testing laboratories. Call (757) 541-2067 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 a 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 - Portsmouth, Virginia

Portsmouth VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Portsmouth, Virginia 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth VA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth, plus many more locations throughout Virginia and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Portsmouth. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Portsmouth , VA 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 Portsmouth, the state of Portsmouth, Virginia, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Portsmouth, VA was in 2018.

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 Portsmouth. 

Portsmouth, Virginia - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Portsmouth, VA

Unmarried Portsmouth parents must establish paternity for the father to be legally recognized as the child's father. In Portsmouth, Virginia, paternity can be established voluntarily by signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form or going to court.

If parents are in agreement about the identity of the biological father, then they can sign the AOP at the hospital after the baby is born, but it must be in front of the notary. Hospital staff can usually assist with this process and help parents file the form. If the AOP is signed at a later date, the parents will have to file the form themselves. Once the AOP is filed with the Office of Vital Records, the father's name can be added to the child's birth certificate, and he will become the legal father.

Parents who disagree about paternity may choose to have paternity established through the court instead. The judge will usually order a DNA test to prove whether the alleged father is the biological father. The DNA test is usually done as a cheek swab, so it is quick and painless. When the DNA test results have been returned to the court, the judge may consider this evidence in the paternity decision.

DNA test reunited sisters after decades

Joyce (85) thought she was an only child for eight decades. Lorraine (75) suspected she had a half-sister somewhere but had no idea how she could find her. The sisters finally reconnected after they took a DNA test! About 40 relatives from around the country flew in to meet up in Lexington park, and all had to wear name tags.

Their story began when Joyce's parents had her and quickly divorced shortly after. Joyce grew up as an only child in Brooklyn and was told her father was dead. Meanwhile, her father, Walter, met his second wife, moved to Virginia, and had more kids. Her mother also remarried, but she never let Joyce's stepdad adopt her, and now she understands why. Her birth dad was not dead, as she thought. Lorraine knew she had a half-sister, but she only found out after her dad passed away. Both sisters lived their lives, and only recently, they decided to take DNA tests which reconnected them. After the meeting in the park, they planned more visits and wanted to spend as much time together as possible.

Last updated 12/20/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Portsmouth That We Serve

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