DNA Test – Silver Spring, MD

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Silver Spring, Maryland at 6 testing laboratories. Call (301) 307-1409 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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12210 Plum Orchard Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904
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10801 Lockwood Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901
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11120 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
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3909 Ferrara Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20906
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11207 Lockwood Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901
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10800 Lockwood Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901

DNA Test – Silver Spring, Maryland

Silver Spring MD DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Silver Spring, Maryland 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 Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring MD

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring, plus many more locations throughout Maryland and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Silver Spring. We’ll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Silver Spring , MD 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 Silver Spring, MD performed by Health Street was in 2019.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Silver Spring that they need. 

Silver Spring, MD – DNA Testing

Benefits of Establishing Paternity in Silver Spring, MD

When two unmarried Silver Spring parents have a child, it’s important for both to comprehend the benefits of establishing paternity in the state of Maryland. By establishing paternity, both parents document their effort to legally recognize the child’s biological father, which will be necessary for the man to receive his paternal rights.

With two legal guardians, a Silver Spring child also has the chance to receive various benefit types, such as social security and inheritance, from both biological parents. Keep in mind that the legal establishment of paternity will also be required by the state if the mother or father wishes to seek monthly child support services.

Methods of Establishing Paternity in Silver Spring, MD

In the state of Maryland, there are two methods Silver Spring parents can take to legally establish paternity. When both parents are in agreement about their child’s paternity, the simplest method is to sign and submit an Affidavit of Parentage. This form is used to legally declare a child’s father and should only be completed if there is no doubt in the presumed paternity or if DNA paternity testing was used to verify the father.

In certain cases, a parent may refuse to properly establish paternity, which prevents the opposite parent from seeking custody or child support. In these cases, a petition to establish paternity must be filed in Montgomery County Family Court. A paternity petition will allow the Maryland court system to request DNA testing from the presumed father to move forward with the paternity establishment process.

Rescinding a Paternity Establishment in Silver Spring, MD

In certain paternity cases, two Silver Spring parents may fail to seek DNA paternity testing prior to establishing paternity and later discover that the presumed father is actually not the biological one. Under Maryland law, either parent only has up to 60 days following an establishment’s filing to have it rescinded and have any child support obligations removed. Following this 60-day mark, a parent must seek legal assistance to have the establishment removed in court and must be able to demonstrate evidence proving paternity fraud, duress, or material mistake.

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Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Silver Spring, Maryland

11120 New Hampshire Avenue Suite 306 Silver Spring, MD 20901
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMSaturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM About this Location: We are around the corner from Cresthaven Elementary School.
3909 Ferrara Dr Silver Spring, MD 20906
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMTuesday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMWednesday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMThursday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMFriday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMSaturday: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM About this Location: You can locate our clinic very close by to Advanced Medical Care. There is plenty of parking available.

Some Silver Spring Neighborhoods That We Serve

Acorn Park
Burnt Mills Village
Cameron Hill
Douglas Ave
East Silver Spring
Falkland Chase
Kemp Mill
Oak Spring

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

Maryland Background Check for Employers in Silver Spring, MD


“Paternity Establishment is Important!” Maryland Child Support Administration, https://dhs.maryland.gov/child-support-services/apply-for-support-services/establish-paternity/
“State of Maryland Affidavit of Parentage” Maryland Department of Health, https://dhs.maryland.gov/documents/CSA/CSA%20Forms/Affidavit%20of%20Parentage%20(English).pdf
“Silver Spring, MD” Nextdoor, https://nextdoor.com/city/silver-spring–md/