DNA Test - Richmond, VA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Richmond, Virginia at 6 testing laboratories. Call (804) 203-1479 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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Richmond VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Richmond, 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 Richmond 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 Richmond VA

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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Richmond, VA performed by Health Street was in 2018.

Dedication to Excellence

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

Richmond, Virginia - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Richmond, VA

If parents were not married before the child was born, they must establish paternity. In Virginia, they can establish paternity right after the baby is born at the hospital, and the child's birth certificate will have the father's name on it.

If parents do not establish paternity at the hospital, they can do so in two other ways.

They can open a child support case through DCSE - the Division of Child Support Enforcement. Once the application is completed, they can take a DNA test.
Another option is to file a petition at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in their area and make the judge establish paternity, which often means also undergoing a DNA test.

Richmond teacher reunited with her mother after 50 years

Bonnie Davis has been searching for her biological mother her whole life. Eventually, she took a DNA test, and came up with 312 possibilities of connections with cousins. She contacted some of them and then, one day, her cousin wrote to her saying they knew who Bonnie's biological mother was.

She was at school at that moment and could not believe it. Bonnie messaged her in the hope that they would reconnect, and a few days later, she got a reply when she was at the church. Bonnie's mother asked her to call her immediately, and once they finally heard each other, they just lost it.

They met exactly a week after the results and had already planned a big family gathering. Bonnie wants to move closer to her mother and is also changing her name. Both of her adoptive parents passed away, so she wants to spend all the time she has left with her biological family. They are also planning a big party for her upcoming birthday that they want to celebrate as a family.

Last updates 8/15/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Richmond That We Serve

Oregon Hill
Ginter Park
Monroe Ward
Mary Munford
Fulton Hill
South Richmond
Malvern Gardens
Brookland Park
Old Town Manchester

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Establish paternity in Virginia. Establish Paternity in Virginia - Virginia Department of Social Services. (n.d.). Retrieved August 15, 2022, from https://dss.virginia.gov/family/dcse/establishing_paternity.cgi#:~:text=You%20can%20establish%20paternity%20in%20two%20ways%20in%20Virginia%3A,take%20DNA%20test%20through%20DCSE.
Wire, T. M. (n.d.). Teacher reunites with her birth mother after 50-year search. FOX 17 news, traffic, weather and sports. Retrieved August 15, 2022, from https://www.fox17online.com/2017/10/03/teacher-reunites-with-her-birth-mother-after-50-year-search?_amp=true