DNA Test - Shreveport, LA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Shreveport, Louisiana at 5 testing laboratories. Call (318) 225-9336 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 - Shreveport, Louisiana

Shreveport LA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Shreveport, Louisiana 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 Shreveport 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 Shreveport LA

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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Shreveport, LA was in 2018.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Shreveport, Louisiana - DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in Shreveport, LA

Unmarried parents in Shreveport must establish paternity for the child to have a legal father and for the father to have custody and visitation rights. Once the child is born, parents can sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity form, which is a voluntary form acknowledging the child's biological father. For the paternity acknowledgment form to be accepted, DNA test results must accompany the form, showing at least a 99.9 percent probability that the man is the child's biological father.

If two parents do not agree to sign the voluntary form, paternity will be established in court, and the court may require DNA testing to prove paternity.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Shreveport, LA

For unmarried parents in Shreveport to establish paternity, DNA testing is used to prove paternity. A father must establish paternity to obtain legal rights to the child. In Shreveport, a DNA test must show a 99.9 percent probability that the man is the child's biological father for him to become the legal father and seek visitation and custody rights.

If a man signs a voluntary acknowledgment form, he still has the right to request DNA testing to prove whether he is the child's father.

In Shreveport, if DNA testing determines a man is the child's father, he pays for the DNA test. If it determines he is not the father, the mother pays.

Importance of Establishing Paternity in Shreveport, LA

It is important for unmarried Shreveport parents to establish paternity. Not only does paternity establishment give the child a legal father, but it also offers other benefits. A child with two legal parents can access any available inheritance, government benefits, child support, or other benefits. Paternity also allows the child access to medical information from both sides of the family, allowing early detection of hereditary diseases and avoiding future health problems by making lifestyle changes.

Last updated 8/30/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Shreveport That We Serve

North Lakeshore Drive
Dixie Road Vicinity
Ellerbe Road Estates
Old Mooringsport Road
Western Hills And Yarborough
W Lakeshore/Hidden Harbor
Forest Park Estates
Glen Iris
Pepper Ridge
Greenwood Acres

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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