DNA Test - Saint Cloud, MN

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Saint Cloud, Minnesota at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (320) 200-9855 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 - Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud MN DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Saint Cloud, Minnesota clinics:

Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:

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 alleged father and child or children. 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 ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. 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. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Saint Cloud DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Saint Cloud MN

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Saint Cloud 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. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Saint Cloud, plus many more locations throughout Minnesota and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days that you prefer.

Why Health Street

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Saint Cloud, the state of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Saint Cloud, MN 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 Saint Cloud. 

DNA Paternity Testing in the City of Saint Cloud, MN

Minnesota's Presumption of Paternity

In the state of Minnesota, there are some circumstances that lead to a "presumption of paternity." According to St. Cloud attorneys Moss & Barnett, paternity presumptions are generally marital, biological, or intent-based. A marital presumption occurs when a child is born to married parents. In this case, the mother's husband is presumed to be the child's legal father, whether he is the biological father or not.

Biological presumption occurs with DNA testing that proves a man is a child's biological father. Intent-based presumption occurs when a man "openly holds out a child as his own" during the first two years of the child's life.

Each of these presumptions can become complicated and may be skewed by individual circumstances. This is one reason why it's so important to seek legal counsel when dealing with any type of paternity issue.

Establishing Paternity in St. Cloud

When a child is born to unmarried parents in the state of Minnesota, steps must be taken to establish legal paternity. Until this happens, the child's biological mother has "sole legal and physical" custody of the child. According to St. Cloud attorney group Pennington, Cherne, Gaarder & Geiger Hagen, there are two primary ways to establish legal paternity.

First, if both parents agree about the identity of the child's biological father they can sign and file a Voluntary Recognition of Parentage form. Otherwise, one party will need to petition the courts to enter an order establishing legal paternity. If there is a dispute about the child's paternity, the courts will likely order both the mother and alleged father to take a DNA paternity test.

Paternity and Child Support

A mother cannot request child support until legal paternity has been established. Once she receives a court ruling of paternity, the courts can also order the child's father to provide basic, medical, and childcare support. The Stearns County Human Services Department assists parents with locating missing parents, enforcing support orders, and more. Area residents can visit the department at 705 Courthouse Sq, Fl 2, St. Cloud, MN, 56303-4781 or contact them at (320) 656-6000.

Some Saint Cloud Neighborhoods That We Serve

St John Cantius
Hester Park
Pan Town
Wilson Park
Downtown Business District

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Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


Vedder, James J. and Miller, Brittney M. "Presumptions in Paternity Cases: Who Is the Father in the Eyes of the Law?" Moss & Barnett, 23 April 2018, https://www.lawmoss.com/publication-presumptions-in-paternity-cases-who-is-the-father-in-the-eyes-of-the-law
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