DNA Test – West Des Moines, IA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in West Des Moines, Iowa at 3 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (515) 298-5476 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 West Des Moines 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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6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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640 S 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
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1055 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

DNA Test – West Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines IA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our West Des Moines, Iowa 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 West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines IA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines, plus many more locations throughout Iowa and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in West Des Moines. We’ll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in West Des Moines , IA 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 West Des Moines, the state of West Des Moines, Iowa, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from West Des Moines to neighborhoods everywhere.

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 West Des Moines. 

DNA Information for West Des Moines IA

Establishing Paternity in West Des Moines, IA

In West Des Moines, if a child is born to a married couple, the husband will automatically be considered the child’s father. This will grant the husband all legal parental rights over the child. If two parents of a child are not married at the time of a child’s birth, both parents will need to legally establish paternity.

At the hospital following a child’s birth, both parents will be provided with an opportunity to file a paternity affidavit form to legally establish paternity. If paternity is not established at the hospital, both parents have the ability to file the form through a West Des Moines Child Support Recovery Unit or Registrar’s Office.

In the case that either parent refuses to sign an affidavit, or the presumed father doesn’t believe he is the biological father, a paternity order will need to be filed either through a West Des Moines court or the Child Support Recovery Unit. From here, court-ordered DNA testing will be administered to properly determine paternity and establish any child support orders.

Special Provisions Related to Paternity in West Des Moines, IA

In most states, parents are only provided a 60-day window to challenge a paternity affidavit. Once the 60-day period is completed, it’s difficult to revoke paternity, even with DNA evidence that the legal father is not the child’s biological father. Fortunately, Iowa paternity law features special provisions that allow legally established paternity orders to be challenged in court under certain circumstances.

If a man believes he is not a child’s biological father, he should first file a Motion to Disestablish Paternity through a West Des Moines court. At this point, the court will allow DNA testing to properly indicate if the man is indeed not the biological father. If his case is proven correct, the Child Support Recovery Unit will then relieve the disestablished father of any and all future child support obligations.

West Des Moines, IA Experts Say…

In the event that two parents can’t agree on a child custody agreement, the matter will need to be resolved in court. According to West Des Moines Family Lawyer Mark Hinshaw, Iowa operates under a “best interest of the child” standard. In the state of Iowa, judges do not show any preference for joint physical custody and equal physical care. Rather, West Des Moines courts will assess each parent’s living standards to rule on which home situation is most beneficial to the child to legally establish a healthy custody agreement.


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in West Des Moines, Iowa

6000 University Avenue Suite 124 West Des Moines, IA 50266
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 PM About this Location: You can find us close to Campbell Recreation Area.
640 S 50th Street Unit 1100 West Des Moines, IA 50265
Pre-registration required,Appointment Required.

Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMSaturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMSunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM About this Location: You can locate our clinic a short walk from Valley Southwoods Freshman High School. It is easy to find us.
1055 Jordan Creek Parkway Suite 100 West Des Moines, IA 50266
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 PM About this Location: We are across from Wild Rose Park.

Neighborhoods in West Des Moines Served by our Clinics

Cedar Village
Glen Oaks
Kings Valley
Meadow Brook
Quail Vista
The Greens

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

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“Child Support Recovery Unit.” Iowa Department of Human Services, https://dhs.iowa.gov/child-support
“17.200—Form 213: Motion to Disestablish Paternity.” Iowa Judicial Branch, https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/representing-yourself/paternity
“Disestablishment of Paternity.” Iowa Department of Human Services, https://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/10-D.pdf?121720200133
“Establishing Paternity, How to Lawfully Substantiate Fatherhood.” Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, https://www.hawkeyedivorce.com/blog/2019/october/establishing-paternity-how-to-lawfully-substanti/
“West Des Moines, IA Neighborhoods, Subdivisions, and Developments.” Remax Central, https://www.remax-central.com/desmoines/realestatehomesforsale/subdivisions-west-des-moines-ia