DNA Test - Santa Maria, CA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Santa Maria, California at 6 testing laboratories. Call (805) 209-0871 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 - Santa Maria, California

Santa Maria CA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Santa Maria, California 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 Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria CA

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

Santa Maria, California - DNA Testing

How to Establish Paternity in Santa Maria, CA

In the state of California, unmarried Santa Maria parents will need to legally establish paternity to grant the biological father parental rights and responsibilities over his child. The easiest way to do this is by completing a Voluntary Declaration of Parentage (VDOP) at the hospital following a child's birth or at a later date through Santa Barbara County Child Support Services.

While the paternity establishment process may seem like a simple and straightforward activity, it's important to understand that this is a legally binding procedure, so failure to accurately determine paternity before establishing it can be troublesome in the future. Prior to completing a VDOP, be sure to first seek DNA testing services if there is any reasonable doubt in a child's presumed paternity to ensure zero legal complications later.

Assistance Establishing Paternity in Santa Maria, CA

Signing a VDOP is completely voluntary, and in some cases, a Santa Maria parent can refuse to complete the paternity establishment process via this method to prevent a parent from seeking child support services. When a parent refuses to sign a VDOP to complete the establishment process, paternity will only be able to be properly established via court order.

By filing a petition to establish paternity through Santa Barbara County Family Court, a judge can initiate the establishment process by first requesting the use of DNA paternity testing. If the child's father is identified through DNA paternity testing, a judge can then move forward with the establishment process as well as the development of child support agreements.

Experts in Santa Maria, CA Say…

As we've mentioned, following the paternity establishment process, two Santa Maria parents can then legally form a child support agreement. According to Santa Maria family law expert Marie Comstock, California custody laws require child custody orders to ensure that a child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents.

However, there are cases where a judge may deem that sole legal custody is necessary to protect the well-being of the child. This decision is normally made if a parent does not possess the financial means or personal well-being to support a child.

Last updated 11/22/2022

Neighborhoods Served in Santa Maria

Autumn Glen
Carriage District
Casa Del Rio
Driftwood Meadows
East Newlove
Hancock Park
Lake Maria Estates
Mesa Verde
North Broadway
Park Place
Quail Meadows
Riverside Terrace
St Claire
The Gardens
West Hampton Village

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"Voluntary Declaration of Parentage." California Department of Child Support Services, https://childsupport.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/252/POP/DCSS-0909_ENG.pdf
"Family Court Services." The Superior Court of California County of Santa Barbara, https://www.sbcourts.org/dv/fl/index.shtm
"Child Custody." Comstock and Wagner Family Law, https://www.comstockandwagner.com/family-law-services/child-custody/
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