DNA Testing - West Saint Paul, MN

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in West Saint Paul, Minnesota at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (651) 564-7292 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 - West Saint Paul, Minnesota

West Saint Paul MN DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our West Saint Paul, Minnesota clinics:

Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:

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 alleged father and child or children. 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 ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. 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. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our West Saint Paul DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in West Saint Paul MN

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our West Saint Paul 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. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in West Saint Paul, plus many more locations throughout Minnesota and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days that you prefer.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in West Saint Paul as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in West Saint Paul. 

DNA Testing Info for West Saint Paul

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in West Saint Paul, MN

In West Saint Paul, MN, when a child is born to unmarried parents, he or she doesn't have a legal father until paternity is established. Establishing paternity means giving the child a legal father, who will then have an obligation to support the child.

If the parents are married at the time of the child's birth, the husband is the child's legal father. If paternity needs to be established, there are two ways to do so:

The mother and father can sign a Recognition of Parentage (ROP) form, which is a legal document stating that they are the biological parents of the child. After filling out the form, it needs to be processed through the MN Dept. of Health.
You can also establish paternity through a court order. This may be done if two parents disagree on who the father is or if the mother is looking for a court order for child support, custody, or parenting time.

A court may order DNA testing to prove paternity, or the parents may request the court to order genetic testing, after filling out an affidavit. The affidavit must give reasoning as to why the alleged father may or may not be the biological father. A DNA test may also be done without a court order if both parents agree to the testing.

Experts Say...

Central Minnesota Legal Services explained "presumption of paternity" to unmarried fathers by saying, "If a man has a "presumption of paternity," he is considered the legal father by the court... The current law in Minnesota says that a man who "receives the child into his home and openly holds out the child as his biological child" may be presumed by law to be the child's father. But if the man is not married to the mother, he still needs a court order or ROP to be the legal father."

Neighborhoods In and Around West Saint Paul That We Serve

Payne Phallen
Greater Eastside
North End
Battle Creek
Daytons Bluff
Merrlam Park

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Paternity - Overview." Minnesota Judicial Branch, https://www.mncourts.gov/help-topics/paternity.aspx
"Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage." Minnesota Department of Human Services, https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-3159-ENG
"Establish Paternity by Court Order." Minnesota Judicial Branch, https://www.mncourts.gov/help-topics/paternity.aspx?tabQs=XmM1d#tab03EstablishPaternitybyCourtOrder
Central Minnesota Legal Services. "Unmarried Fathers' Guide to Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support in Minnesota." LawHelpMN.org, https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/booklet/unmarried-fathers-guide-paternity-custody-parenting-time-and-child
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