DNA Test - Tappahannock, VA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Tappahannock, Virginia at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (804) 925-9101 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.

Schedule your Tappahannock DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.

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DNA Test - Tappahannock, Virginia

Tappahannock VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Tappahannock, Virginia 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 Tappahannock 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 Tappahannock VA

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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Tappahannock, the state of Tappahannock, Virginia, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Tappahannock, VA was in 2020.

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 Tappahannock. 

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Establishing Paternity in Tappahannock, VA

When two Tappahannock parents have a child and are not married at the time of birth, paternity must be established to have the father's name placed on the birth certificate. In the state of Virginia, parents can easily establish paternity by signing an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form at the hospital or at a later date through the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE).

Bear in mind, the use of an AOP is fully voluntary and it's up to the parents to ensure accuracy when signing the form. If there is any doubt over who exactly a child's biological father is, it's vital to first use DNA paternity testing to identify the father before completing the form. Failing to do so could result in a Tappahannock man receiving child support obligations for a child who is not biologically his.

Importance of Establishing Paternity in Tappahannock, VA

Properly establishing paternity in Tappahannock enables benefits for not only the parents but also the child. Initially, the paternity establishment process is used to legally declare the child's father, which grants him parental rights and places his name on the child's birth certificate. Once the father is legally designated, either parent can also seek monthly child support services if necessary.

On behalf of the child, two legal guardians enable a Tappahannock child to receive healthcare coverage from either parent party as well as access to the parent's medical history, which can be shared with the child's physician when necessary. Likewise, establishing paternity opens the door for a child to receive additional benefits, such as social security, veterans' benefits, and inheritance.

Paternity Programs in Tappahannock, VA

The Virginia Birth Father Registry (VBFR), previously referred to as the Virginia Putative Father Registry, is a program offered by the Department of Social Services to protect the rights of unmarried men who potentially fathered a child. If a Tappahannock man who believes he has fathered a child registers with the program within 10 days of the child's birth, he will be notified if the child is placed for adoption or into foster care. In such cases, the father may be able to prevent the adoption by seeking paternity in court and requesting custodial rights.

Last updated 9/12/2023

Neighborhoods Served in Tappahannock

Cold Cheer Farm Estates
Dove Nest
Falls Apartments
Gwynnfield Subdivision
Hobbs Hole Phase 2
Meadow View
Old Creek
Tanyard Apartments
Tappahannock Greens
Tappahannock Riverside Condominium

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"The AOP Process." Virginia Paternity Establishment Program, https://www.vapaternity.com/about/the-aop-process/
"The Importance of Paternity." Virginia Paternity Establishment Program, https://www.vapaternity.com/about/importance-of-paternity/
"Virginia Birth Father Registry." Virginia Department of Social Services, https://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/ap/vbfr.cgi
"Tappahannock, VA Real Estate Subdivision Directory." Old Dominion Realty, https://www.olddominionrealty.com/tappahannock-virginia-subdivisions.html