DNA Test - Wilmington, NC

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Wilmington, North Carolina at 5 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (910) 294-4908 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 Wilmington 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 - Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington NC DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Wilmington, North Carolina 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:

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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 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 Wilmington DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Wilmington NC

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Wilmington 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 Wilmington, plus many more locations throughout North Carolina 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Wilmington, NC performed by Health Street was in 2020.

Dedication to Excellence

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

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Establishing paternity in Wilmington, North Carolina

Establishing paternity can have benefits for the child, such as knowing both parents, getting support from the mother and the father, building a bond with both of them, having access to medical information from both sides of families, Social Security benefits, inheritance rights, and others. When parents are not married and paternity is not legally established, the child does not have any of these rights.

In North Carolina, paternity can be established by court order or voluntarily. The easiest way to establish paternity is for parents to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP) at the hospital when the child is born, but the father must be present and provide identification. Once this document is filed, both parents' names will be on the child's birth certificate.

Another option is a court order, which many choose when they do not cooperate or are unsure about who the biological father is. The court often orders a DNA test to determine the probability of a father-child relationship.

Experts say…

Sometimes the alleged father refuses to sign the VAP and denies he is the biological father. In this case, you may not have any other option than to go to court and take legal action. Usually, people facing this situation seek an attorney's help. A complaint can be filed with the court, then parents can go before a judge, and both parents can request a DNA test. A family law attorney, Arnold & Smith, explained: "A judge may also order genetic testing if it is clear that the parents cannot come to an agreement. This genetic testing is usually enough to establish paternity without a doubt."

However, it is essential to note that every case that goes to the court is different, and family law can be pretty complex. The judge may use many factors, including DNA testing, to determine the biological parents.

Last updated 10/21/2022

Neighborhoods in Wilmington Served by our Clinics

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Village At Greenfield
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Hanover Heights
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Barclay Commons
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College Acres
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Wrightsville Sound Village
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Wilshire Townhomes
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Seahawk Square
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Lullwater Village
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Hinton Oaks
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Sunset Park

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Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:

Citations

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NCDHHS. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2022, from https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/child-support-services/css-services
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What to do if a father denies paternity in North Carolina. Arnold & Smith PLLC. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2022, from https://www.arnoldsmithlaw.com/what-to-do-if-a-father-denies-paternity-in-north-carolina.html