DNA Test – Rapid City, SD

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Rapid City, South Dakota at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (605) 939-7392 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 – Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City SD DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Rapid City, South Dakota

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Rapid City 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 Rapid City 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 Rapid City SD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Rapid City 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 Rapid City, plus many more throughout South Dakota 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 Rapid City 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 Rapid City 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 Rapid City

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 South Dakota as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Rapid City 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 Rapid City or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

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

Commitment to Community

Health Street is committed to serving the DNA testing needs of the people of Rapid City, SD. We offer support during the often difficult process of obtaining a paternity test in South Dakota.

Facts about DNA Testing in Rapid City SD

A Small City Bounded by Wild Nature

Although the city may be small, Rapid City sits in a prime location at the foot of the Black Hills. Surrounding the city are incredible sites and monuments both natural and man-made. Within a short drive of Rapid City, you can find national parks like Custer, Jewel Cave, and Badlands, as well as the incredible Mount Rushmore, and the historic town of Deadwood.

Because of its close proximity to these remarkable natural sights, Rapid City has quickly become a hub for South Dakota tourism, attracting more than 14 million visitors per year. Year-round, there are approximately 77,000 individuals living in Rapid City, with families making up 43.2% of that number.

Family Life in Rapid City

With such a large percentage of the city’s population made up of families, it’s no surprise that there are lots of family-friendly activities to do around town. Families can choose to send their children to public school through the Rapid City Area Schools school district, or enroll them in private denominational Christian schools.

Schooling is just one responsibility that South Dakota parents are obliged to offer their children. The most basic, fundamental right that children have in this state is paternity. According to the South Dakota Department of Social Services, a “child has the right to know both parents and is entitled to the sense of belonging that comes from knowing both parents.” Acknowledged paternity also helps ensure Rapid City children receive proper monetary support, benefits, and visitation with each of their parents.

Rapid City Family Law Expert Speaks About Paternity

In Rapid City, parents must either sign a voluntary paternity affidavit, or they must go through DNA testing to clarify their child’s paternity. In cases of contested or unacknowledged paternity, it is often the mother’s responsibility to go through the courts to petition the state to take action to verify the father’s identity.

According to Matthew Skinner, a local Rapid City family lawyer, “When a man contests a paternity claim, the surest path to resolution is through DNA testing. South Dakota courts are likely to demand such tests, which are more than 95 percent accurate. They can prove a genetic relationship and, likewise, identify when no such relationship exists — they can prove paternity and also authoritatively disprove it.”


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Rapid City, South Dakota

713 Omaha Street Rapid City, SD 57701
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMTuesday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMWednesday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMThursday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMFriday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMSaturday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM About this Location: Our clinic is very close by to Berlin Wall.

Some Rapid City Neighborhoods That We Serve

Gossage Memorial
Ashland Heights
Flormann Street
Stonewall Overlook Trailhead
W Main StreetSheridan Lake Road
Route 16Skyline Drive

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We also offer other services, such as:

South Dakota Background Check for Employers in Rapid City, SD


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