DNA Test - Salinas, CA

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Salinas, California at our centrally located testing center. Register now, or call us at (831) 296-3600 or schedule online. with any questions. Our paternity testing (including grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing) determines if two or more people are related.

Shedule an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.

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DNA Test - Salinas, California

Salinas CA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Salinas, California 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 Salinas DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Salinas CA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Salinas 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 Salinas, plus many more locations throughout California 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 Salinas, the state of Salinas, California, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Salinas, CA 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 Salinas. 

Salinas, California - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Salinas, CA

The easiest and quickest way for parents in Salinas to establish paternity is to sign a Voluntary Declaration of Parentage at the hospital when the baby is born. Both parents must sign this form and file it with the California Department of Child Support Services. This document has the same legal effect as a court order, so parents should agree on paternity before signing.

Another option for establishing paternity if parents are not married is going to court. Either parent can choose this option if the other parent does not cooperate or agree with who the father is. The court usually orders DNA testing and the judge can decide based on the DNA test results. Other factors may also be considered by the judge when establishing paternity.

Salinas, California: Benefits of establishing paternity

The emotional benefit of knowing both parents is one of the primary reasons why establishing paternity is essential. Additionally, a child can receive the same rights and privileges from both parents, some of which can include:

Financial support
Having both parents on the birth certificate
Knowing and accessing medical records from both sides of the family
Health and insurance coverage
Veteran and social security benefits
Life insurance

Challenging paternity in Salinas, CA

If paternity has not yet been established, a man who does not believe he is the biological father and wants to dispute it can take a DNA test. If there is a same-sex situation, a woman who did not intend to be the other mother can also dispute the parental relationship with the baby. However, parentage laws can be complicated. The process for challenging paternity varies depending on whether the alleged parents were married or unmarried, if a Voluntary Declaration of Parentage was signed, and if there has been a court order.

Last updated 9/27/2022

Neighborhoods in Salinas Served by our Clinics

East Garrison
Moss Landing
Santa Rita
Harden Ranch

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Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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