DNA Test – Santee, CA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Santee, California at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (619) 314-5521 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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9745 Prospect Avenue
Santee, CA 92071

DNA Test – Santee, California

Santee CA DNA Testing Locations

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

How to schedule a DNA Test in Santee CA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Santee 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 Santee, 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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Santee as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Santee. 

Santee, California – DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Santee, CA

In Santee, California, to be recognized as a legal parent, one must be related to the child’s birth, be married when the child is born, or establish paternity through official channels. Here is how paternity is usually established for unmarried parents:

  1. Parents agree and sign a document confirming they are the child’s parents.
  2. If there’s disagreement or doubt, a judge steps in to decide based on evidence, often involving DNA testing.

For unmarried individuals, signing a Voluntary Declaration of Parentage is usually the simplest route. However, if the biological father’s identity is in question, court proceedings with DNA testing may follow. The court not only looks at DNA but also considers the overall situation before assigning legal parenthood.

Santee, California: Disputing paternity

There are situations where someone might challenge paternity. For instance, if a man is assumed to be the legal father because he’s the mother’s husband but later discovers he’s not the biological father, he may contest paternity to avoid associated legal responsibilities.

Also, if doubts arise after signing a paternity declaration, one must present solid evidence to challenge it, like a DNA test indicating no biological link. The timeframe for disputing paternity is usually within 60 days after signing the declaration. After this, the process gets more complex and may require legal assistance.

Santee DNA testing with Health Street

In Santee, Health Street offers reliable DNA testing to help sort out paternity questions. We give clear and accurate results that courts trust. Plus, we keep all your information private. We have a clinic right here in town, so it’s easy for locals to receive DNA testing.

Experts Say…

Doppelt and Forney, divorce lawyers that serve San Diego County, explain how to initiate court proceedings in Santee, CA by saying, “Some fathers are in the opposite boat and find that if they are not married their paternity can only be recognized through legal action. To initiate proceedings, one of the parents must file a complaint with the court to establish rights. It is important to note that courts usually find that any married man who is not sterile and is cohabitating with the mother is legally the father of a child from that union. If other parties are involved, or someone wishes to dispute this presumption, legal proceedings must be initiated to resolve physical and legal custody of any children involved.”

Last updated 9/27/2023


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Santee, California

9745 Prospect Avenue Suite 100 Santee, CA 92071
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

M: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMT: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMW: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMTh: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PMF: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM About this Location: To obtain paternity testing in Santee, California, visit us at this location, which is very close by to Mast Park + Disc Golf Course.

Neighborhoods in Santee Served by our Clinics

Carlton Hills
Sky Ranch
Venture Business Park
Riverview Office Park
Mission View Estates
La Mesa
El Cajon
Rancho San Diego

Additional Services

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Parentage in California. Parentage Case Introduction | California Courts | Self Help Guide. (n.d.-a). https://selfhelp.courts.ca.gov/parentage
Patton, D. (2023a, March 20). How to contest paternity in California. Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri. https://www.lpeplaw.com/how-to-contest-paternity-in-california/