DNA Test - Waukegan, IL

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Waukegan, Illinois at 2 testing laboratories. Call (224) 509-6201 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 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 - Waukegan, Illinois

Waukegan IL DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Waukegan, Illinois 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 Waukegan 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 Waukegan IL

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Waukegan 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 Waukegan, plus many more locations throughout Illinois and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Waukegan. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Waukegan , IL 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.  We have helped thousands of people from Waukegan to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Dedication to Excellence

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

Waukegan, Illinois - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Waukegan, IL

Parents in Waukegan, Illinois, have multiple options for establishing paternity. Suppose both of them agree with paternity, have no doubts, and want to establish paternity voluntarily; they can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP). However, parents must sign it before witnesses and file it with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. If parents do sign the VAP at the hospital when the baby is born, the hospital staff can help them with the process.

Sometimes, the alleged father does not believe he is the birth father, or the mother has doubts about paternity. In these cases, parents usually go to court. The judge can order a DNA test for the alleged father and the child, which will quickly and precisely determine their relationship. However, each paternity case is unique, and the judge may also consider evidence other than DNA test results.

Waukegan, Illinois: Benefits of establishing paternity

Studies have shown that a child benefits mentally, emotionally, and financially when both parents are present and the child has a healthy relationship with each of them. The child can also gain benefits from legal paternity that might otherwise be unavailable. For example, the child may have the right to inheritance or be entitled to social security, health insurance, life insurance, or veteran's benefits from the father. The child can also gain access to the family medical history, and develop a better sense of identity by forming a bond with both parents.

Establishing legal paternity in Waukegan can also allow the father to gain rights and responsibilities for the child. He can contribute to decision-making regarding the child's education, health, or upbringing. Without legal paternity, the father has no right to request custody or visitation hours.

Last updated 12/20/2022

Neighborhoods in Waukegan Served by our Clinics

Park City
Green Oaks
Downtown Waukegan South
Greenwood Park Bartletts
North Chicago

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Paternity information you should know. Paternity Information You Should Know | HFS. (n.d.). Retrieved December 20, 2022, from https://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/ChildSupport/FormsBrochures/Pages/hfs3282.aspx