DNA Testing in Providence, Rhode Island

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Providence, Rhode Island at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (401) 200-4952 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 – Providence, Rhode Island

Providence RI DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Providence, Rhode Island

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Providence 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:

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)

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 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 analysis.

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 Providence 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:

to change the name on a birth certificate
to petition for child support
to petition for survivor benefits
for child custody arrangements
to alter inheritance procedures or wills

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:

Stained garments
Mucus and other bodily fluids
Soda cans
Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Providence RI

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Providence clinics 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 clinics in Providence, plus many more throughout Rhode Island and across the United States. During registration, we’ll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that’s most convenient. You’ll pick the times and days that you prefer.

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 Providence 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 Providence 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 Providence

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 Rhode Island as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Providence and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.

Laboratory certifications

Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Providence or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Why Health Street

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Providence, the state of Providence, Rhode Island, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Providence, RI was in 2017.Since then, we have done 59 DNA and paternity tests in Providence.

Commitment to Community

Health Street is committed to providing the best DNA testing in Providence, Rhode Island. We take great pride in our dedication to excellence in all respects and services.

Facts about DNA Testing in Providence RI

Historical Providence Offers Small-Town Feel with City Amenities

It’s often said that Providence, Rhode Island, offers the culture of a larger city with the ease and friendly atmosphere of a small town. The city is densely populated, and the downtown core is full of artistic, cultural, and heritage institutions, as well as manufacturing businesses that have been present in the city for centuries. There’s still a large chunk of downtown called the Jewelry District, although there’s a popular movement to rename it the Knowledge District, to recognize the upswell of schools and other educational facilities that have moved into the area, filling older buildings originally used for manufacturing.

An Influential Paternity Suit Settled in Providence

One influential figure that was pivotal in bringing more tourism and conference traffic into Providence was two-term Governor Bruce Sundlun, who served as Governor of Rhode Island from 1991 to 1995. After serving in WWII, he established himself as an attorney, practicing in both Washington, D.C. and Providence.

However, during his second term, the governor was embroiled in a paternity scandal when a previously-unknown 17-year-old woman was presented to the public as the governor’s daughter. A DNA test confirmed with 98.96% certainty that this woman, Kara Kathleen Hewes, was the governor’s child.

Providence Families Use DNA Tests to Settle Disputed Paternity

Eventually, the gubernatorial family settled their paternity issues privately, but it took a DNA test for the way forward to become clear. Many other families in Providence settle paternity issues the same way. Over 50% of children in Rhode Island do not have a father’s name on their birth certificate at birth.

According to Rhode Island General Laws, “if a woman is married at the time of a child’s birth, or if the child was born within 300 days of a termination of a marriage by divorces, or death, the husband or ex-husband, is presumed to be the father.” If a man has been listed as a child’s presumed father but believes this information is incorrect, he must rebut the presumption by requesting DNA testing through the Office of Child Support Services.

If a man believes he is the father of a child but has not been listed on the birth certificate, a DNA test should be taken, and “if the results establish a 97% or greater probability of paternity, it shall constitute a conclusive presumption.” At this point, the father can petition the court for custody as well as a change in the child’s surname from the mother’s to the father’s.


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Providence, Rhode Island

758 Eddy Street Suite 101 Providence, RI 02903
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM(M Lunch: 11:30-1 PM)Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM(T Lunch: 11:30-1 PM)Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM(W Lunch: 11:30-1 PM)Thursday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM(Th Lunch: 11:30-1 PM)Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM(F Lunch: 11:30-1 PM) About this Location: If you are looking for DNA tests in Providence, Rhode Island, you can find us very close by to Collier Point Park.

Neighborhoods Served in Providence

Federal Hill
Downtown Providence
College Hill
Wayland Square
Fox Point
Hope Street
Broad Street

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

Rhode Island Background Check for Providence, RI businesses


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