DNA Testing – Watertown, NY

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Watertown, NY is home to Health Street, where you can come to get a DNA test or paternity test. We work with multiple parties or individuals, so you can sign up for yourself or another person. Choose from our wide selection of DNA tests. Once you have picked a test, simply select a clinic, and register online.

Our 3 facilities perform paternity tests, sibling studies, aunt or uncle testing, and other DNA tests. Call (315) 325-8617 or register on our website. The authorization barcode will be sent right away to you or the person that you are testing; then, just come right in. The test can be used in court for child support or to change a birth certificate, or for simple peace of mind.

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929 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY 13601
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Watertown, NY 13601
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DNA Test – Watertown, New York

Watertown NY DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Watertown, New York

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Watertown testing centers to validate close family relationships. The most commonly ordered DNA test is a legal paternity test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Health Street’s 21 marker DNA paternity testing is the state of the art. Our paternity test results are statistically conclusive at the rate of 99.9% or greater.

Other DNA Tests

Relationship Tests to validate grandparent to grandchild, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles:

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)

DNA tests such as sibling or avuncular studies, can sometimes come back with a result of less than 95% certainty. This is normal, especially if only two parties participate in the test. Adding an additional close relative to the test helps us learn more about the family’s DNA composition and typically leads to a more conclusive result.

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to perform a genetic sample collection for a paternity test is by a swab of the inner cheeks. These skin cells, known as buccal cells, rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place, to be extracted by our testing laboratories for analysis.

Other specimens, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone’s DNA, can also undergo lab testing to see if there is a match. These non-standard DNA tests are done by registering online for an Alternative Specimen DNA Test (Nails, Teeth, Fabric). Once registered, you ship the DNA sample to our lab. We’ll attempt to extract the DNA and compare it to a cheek swab of the other party.

Legal DNA Tests vs. “Peace of Mind” At-Home Tests

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 to hold up in court, the DNA specimen must be collected at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. The DNA testing technicians at our Watertown test centers are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

The results of our legal DNA tests can be used for any legal purpose:

to change the name on a birth certificate
to petition for child support
to petition for survivor benefits
for child custody arrangements
to alter inheritance procedures or wills

Home tests offer more flexibility:

Home DNA tests are specimens containing DNA (or possible DNA) that are shipped to us for analysis. The results of these home tests cannot be used in court (since there is no way to prove whose specimens were actually sent). However, the tests are just as accurate and can provide peace of mind. At-home DNA tests also offer a lot more flexibility.

In addition to commonly mailed in DNA specimens like hair follicles, we can also extract DNA from other bodily fluids. We can even try and lift the DNA left on items like clothing, a toothbrush, or a straw. If we can get the DNA from the alternative item, we can then compare it to another person to see if they are related. Some examples include:

Stained garments
Mucus and other bodily fluids
Soda cans
Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Watertown NY

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Watertown clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week, though it’s always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. We have clinics in Watertown, plus many more throughout New York and across the United States. During registration, we’ll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that’s most convenient. You’ll pick the times and days that you prefer.

You can set up separate appointments for each of the people being tested, either at the same location or at different locations. You’ll get an email and text message with your appointment information. There is no fee if you need to change the time or location of a DNA test appointment at any time.

How long it takes to get results of a DNA test

Paternity tests conducted at one of our Watertown facilities typically take about a week to come back. Other relationship tests, such as sibling studies, can take a few days longer to come back. When the results are ready, you are notified immediately via email. Then, the hard copies of the paperwork are sent afterward via regular mail.

The DNA test appointment – what to expect and what to bring

The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes. The specimen collection process is a simple and painless cheek swab. No needles are used. When you’re being tested at our Watertown clinic, you’ll be asked to provide fingerprints and to show photo identification. We’ll also take pictures of the people being tested so that the final report will include legal assurances of who was actually tested.

For infants, hospital discharge papers qualify as identification. Otherwise, a birth certificate or social security card can be used as ID for a child. No other preparations are required for this appointment.

Does the mother need to be present at a paternity test?

If a man is considered the legal father of a child, then the mother does not have to be present or give consent for paternity testing. However, if he is not currently considered the legal father, then he cannot sign for the child. Therefore, the mother does need to be there. If neither parent is available, other legal guardians can bring the child so long as they have the right to make medical decisions on the child’s behalf.

DNA testing if one party is not in Watertown

The two parties testing (for example: father and child) do not have to be tested at the same time or even at the same location. We have many clinics across New York as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Watertown and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.

Laboratory certifications

Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Watertown or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Watertown, NY was in 2020.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Economy, Jobs, and Major Industries for Watertown NY

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Watertown, NY and Jefferson County

Establishing paternity is the process of giving the child a legal father. If a biological father is not married to the mother, he will have no parental rights until paternity is established.

In Watertown, NY and Jefferson County, if a child is born to unmarried parents, there is no legal relationship between the child and the father. Paternity can be established by voluntarily completing a document known as an Acknowledgment of Paternity form.

If it is questionable who the biological father of the child is, a paternity petition for the court must be filed by either parent. The court will determine the father’s identity through genetic testing or DNA testing.

By establishing paternity, both parents are making sure the child will have the same rights and benefits as a child born to married parents.

Experts Say…

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. describes why establishing paternity is important.

“Paternity gives certain rights and responsibilities to the father. The father must support the child until age 21 or until the child is emancipated before age 21. He has the right to make important decisions for the child equal to that of the mother, unless a court has ruled otherwise. He has the right to visitation or parenting time with the child, and could also receive legal and/or physical custody… Paternity gives certain rights to the child. The child has the right to child support, inheritance, Social Security benefits, and to get health insurance on the father’s plan. The child has the right to share in wrongful death claims for the father.”

Local Jobs and Major Industries in Watertown, NY

Major Industries in Watertown, NY include:

Samaritan Medical Center
Colorado State University
Darden restaurants
U.S. Department of Defense
Brookfield Renewable
U.S. Army Healthcare
U.S. Army
U.S. Airforce
US Army Corps of Engineers


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Watertown, New York

929 Arsenal Street Watertown, NY 13601
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

M: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM(M Lunch: 11:30-12:30 PM)T: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM(T Lunch: 11:30-12:30 PM)W: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM(W Lunch: 11:30-12:30 PM)Th: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM(Th Lunch: 11:30-12:30 PM)F: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM(F Lunch: 11:30-12:30 PM)

Neighborhoods In and Around Watertown That We Serve

Fort Drum
Lafave Rd/Pearl St
Watertown At City Center
Monument Ridge
Ontario Ave/Leray St
Calcium/Pamelia Center
Washington St/Barben Ave
Route 3/Heather Acres Dr
Coffeen St/Gaffney Dr

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

New York Background Check for Watertown, NY businesses


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