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 4 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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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:

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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 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. 

West Des Moines, Iowa – DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in West Des Moines, Iowa

In West Des Moines, Iowa, parents have several options for establishing paternity. The process differs depending on whether the parents are married or unmarried.

If the parents are married when the child is born, then the husband is automatically considered the legal father. No additional steps are needed to establish paternity.

However, for unmarried parents, there are two primary methods of establishing paternity. The first option is to sign a Voluntary Paternity Affidavit. This affidavit is typically signed at the hospital shortly after the baby is born and can also be completed and filed later on. By signing this document, parents acknowledge the child’s paternity, and the alleged father becomes the legal father. The completed affidavit is then filed with the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.

In cases where there are doubts about paternity, uncertainty about the biological father, or lack of cooperation, going to court may be necessary. The judge may require DNA testing as evidence to establish or refute paternity. Genetic testing is a reliable and commonly used method to determine the biological relationship between the alleged father and the child.

Health Street provides DNA testing services in West Des Moines, Iowa, to assist parents in establishing paternity. Our clinics are conveniently located throughout the area, offering reliable and accurate DNA tests with a simple cheek swab. Our tests have a 99.9% accuracy rate, providing quick and non-invasive results to help parents establish paternity with ease and peace of mind.

West Des Moines, IA: Challenging paternity

When parents sign the Paternity Affidavit, either can deny it within 60 days from the latest signature on the document. They must file a notarized Rescission of Paternity Affidavit with the Bureau of Health Statistics. By doing so, the man named on the Paternity Affidavit will no longer be considered the legal father, and his name will be removed from the child’s birth certificate.

Another option for challenging paternity is going to court. Most of the time, it will involve DNA testing to show that the father is not the birth father. By presenting compelling evidence through genetic testing results, the court can make a determination regarding paternity.

Last updated 6/27/2023

Locations

Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in West Des Moines, Iowa

640 S 50th Street Unit 1100 West Des Moines, IA 50265
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

M: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMT: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMW: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMTh: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMF: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PMSa: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMSu: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM About this Location: Valley West Mall, a popular shopping destination, is within a short distance from our location. It features a wide variety of stores, restaurants, and a food court, making it a bustling hub for shopping and dining.
1055 Jordan Creek Parkway Suite 100 West Des Moines, IA 50266
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M: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMT: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMW: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMTh: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMF: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM About this Location: Valley View Park, a short distance from our clinic, is a beautiful green space that offers a playground, walking trails, and a pond. It’s a great place for outdoor activities and relaxation.
1300 37th Street Suite 5 West Des Moines, IA 50266
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M: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PMT: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PMW: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PMTh: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PMF: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM About this Location: Jordan Creek Town Center is a large shopping complex located near our location. It boasts a wide range of retail stores, restaurants, and a movie theater, making it a popular destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
6000 University Avenue Suite 124 West Des Moines, IA 50266
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M: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMT: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMW: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMTh: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMF: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM About this Location: Jordan Creek Town Center is a bustling shopping complex near our location. It features a wide range of stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, including a movie theater and a lakefront boardwalk.

Neighborhoods in West Des Moines Served by our Clinics

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Waterbury
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Westwood
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Greenwood Historic
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Booneville
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Stagecoach
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Commerce
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Ashawa
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Clive
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Waukee
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Urbandale

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

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Citations

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588-0037 voluntary paternity affidavit – Iowa Department of Public Health. (n.d.-a). https://hhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/588-0037.pdf
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Frequently Asked Questions Voluntary Paternity Affidavit. (n.d.). https://secureapp.dhs.state.ia.us/customerweb/api/documents/ce8ff955-718c-4553-b2e0-72137d082cf9/download