DNA Test - Virginia Beach, VA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Virginia Beach, Virginia at 6 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (757) 356-2755 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 Virginia Beach 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 - Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Virginia Beach, 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:

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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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 Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach VA

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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Virginia Beach, VA was in 2018.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Virginia Beach, Virginia - DNA Testing

Local DNA Stories

In 2022, in Virginia Beach, a girl used DNA testing to find her father two and a half years after her father found his father with DNA testing.

Rod Hobbs of Virginia Beach never knew who his father was and didn't know his name. He used DNA testing to find his father after 30 years of searching. And then a couple of years later, Hobbs' daughter was searching for her father, also not knowing who he was. She found him by also using a DNA test and being matched to Hobbs. Rod also learned he had siblings. Three generations of the family were reunited thanks to DNA testing.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Virginia Beach, VA

When a married couple gives birth to a child, paternity does not need to be established since the husband is considered the child's legal father. However, in Virginia Beach, VA, if the couple is unmarried at the time of birth, paternity must be established for the child to have a legal father. Without establishing paternity, the father has no legal rights to visitation or custody, and the child will not receive medical or child support from the father.

In Virginia Beach, paternity can be established by opening a case with the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE). Once the application is complete, a DNA test should be obtained to determine paternity. DNA tests involve a simple cheek swab, which is sent to a lab for testing. A petition for paternity can also be filed through the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Once paternity is established, the father receives custody, visitation, and child support orders, the child receives medical and child support and the father's name will be added to the birth certificate.

Experts Say...

In some cases, a man who is not the child's biological father may be established as the father. Shannon & Associates, P.C. explains how a man can be relieved from a legal determination of paternity in these cases. "An individual may file a petition for relief and a court may set aside a final judgment, court order, administration order or obligation to pay child support if scientifically reliable genetic tests exclude the individual as the father of the child," the law firm explained. "If a determination of paternity is set aside, a new birth certificate will be issued and any obligations such as child support and custody will be set aside."

Last updated 7/26/2022

Neighborhoods in Virginia Beach Served by our Clinics

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Rose Hall Apartments
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Rosemont Forest
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Rudee Heights
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Princess Ann Woods
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Promenade Pl
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Lake James
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Lake Placid
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The Estates At Munden Farms
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Town Center

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Citations

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Cruz, Pari. "Once-in-a-lifetime discovery happens twice as DNA test results connect 3 different generations of Virginia Beach family." WTKR, 8 April 2022, https://www.wtkr.com/positivelyhr/once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-happens-twice-as-dna-test-results-connect-3-different-generations-of-virginia-beach-family
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"Establish Paternity in Virginia." Virginia Department of Social Services, https://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/dcse/establishing_paternity.cgi
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"Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court." Virginia's Judicial System, https://www.vacourts.gov/courts/jdr/virginia_beach/home.html
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"Establishing Paternity in Virginia." Shannon & Associates P.C., 17 August 2016, https://www.hamptonroadslawteam.com/establishing-paternity-in-virginia/
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"Virginia Beach, VA." Nextdoor, https://nextdoor.com/city/virginia-beach--va/