DNA Test - Raleigh, NC

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Raleigh, North Carolina at 11 testing laboratories. Call (919) 822-9346 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 - Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh NC DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Raleigh, North Carolina 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh NC

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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Raleigh, NC performed by Health Street was in 2017.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Raleigh that they need. 

Raleigh, North Carolina - DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in Raleigh, NC

Under North Carolina law, married Raleigh couples do not need to undergo the paternity establishment process. State law automatically views the husband as the paternal father of a child at the time of birth. However, if a child is born to an unmarried couple, a specific process must be completed to establish paternity in Raleigh.

For an unmarried Raleigh father to gain legal rights over his child, both parents must complete a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. This form can be completed at the hospital following the child's birth or at a later date through the North Carolina Department of Vital Records. Properly filing this form helps legally declare the child's biological father such that his name can be placed on the birth certificate.

Navigating Difficult Paternity Situations in Raleigh, NC

Though establishing paternity through the filing of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity seems simple, if either parent refuses to complete this filing, paternity cannot be established. If either mother or father refuses to complete this acknowledgment, a petition to establish paternity can be filed through a North Carolina court.

During a court-ordered paternity establishment process, both parents will be called upon to complete the necessary steps. Typically, the courts will request that the father first undergoes genetic DNA testing to accurately determine if he is the father. If he is indeed the father, the courts will then legally establish paternity for the Raleigh parents, where child support and custody agreements can also be established.

Experts in Raleigh, NC Say…

While using a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity or court order paternity hearing is a great way to legally establish a child's biological father, this will not establish a child custody agreement. In the event that two parents cannot mutually agree on child custody terms, further action will need to be taken in court.

According to Raleigh family law attorney Angela McIlveen, a North Carolina court will consider a wide variety of factors when establishing a custody agreement between two Raleigh parents. These factors can include but are not limited to who the child's primary caretaker is, the health and wellbeing of the parents, and the criminal history and/or substance abuse history of the parents.

Last updated 7/27/2022

Neighborhoods in Raleigh Served by our Clinics

North Hills
Cameron Village
Hayes Barton
Historic Oakwood
Bedford at Falls River
Six Forks
West Raleigh

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"Paternity Establishment for Children Born Outside of Marriage." North Carolina Department of Child Support Services, https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/child-support-services/css-services#
"Paternity Establishment." Wake County North Carolina, https://www.wakegov.com/departments-government/health-human-services/children-and-family-services/child-support-services/child-support-program-services/paternity-establishment
"Child Custody Standard: Best Interests of the Child." McIlveen Family Law Firm, https://mcilveenfamilylaw.com/caseswehandle/child-custody/