DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION

Get your China-issued documents authenticated/legalized by both China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a foreign embassy/consulate in China.

If you are interested in using our document authentication/legalization service, please submit a quote request.

Introduction About Document Authentication/Legalization

The purpose of consular authentication is to certify the signature or seal of a host-government official who has previously executed, issued, or certified a document so that the document can be recognized in the country which the consulate/embassy represents.

Suppose a China marriage certificate which has been notarized by a Chinese notary officer will be used in Germany for purposes of immigration. Obviously, the immigration officers in Germany are unable to tell if the Chinese notary officer’s signature is genuine or fake. That’s where consular authentication comes into play.

The Germany Embassy in China, too, has no idea about what a Chinese notary officer’s signature should look like. But, the Embassy has a powerful Chinese friend, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), who can verify the signature of every Chinese notary officer. Upon verification, the MFA adds a signature on the document and forwards the document to the Germany Embassy. The Embassy then compares MFA’s signature against an exemplar on file and if the signature appears to be authentic, places an authentication certificate on the document. This is end of consular authentication/legalization.

Service Fee and Processing Time

The processing time for consular authentication simply varies from embassy to embassy. What difficult is to know the cost. As explained in the above introduction, an authentication process involves both China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a foreign embassy in China. Each of these two entities set the fees based on multiple factors. The fees charged by the Ministry are mainly determined by document type (i.e. commercial or civil) and your nationality (also known as “Reciprocity Fee”), while the fees charged by an embassy vary from embassy to embassy and document to document.

Below are calculators created by us to help you get a basic idea of the estimated service fee and processing time for using our document authentication service.  Note that we choose rush service whenever it is available.

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What Our Clients Say

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Since I was out of China and both of my degrees, bachelor's and master's needed to be notarized and apostille, I was very worried and looking for all kinds of options then I happened to stumble upon ZhaoZhao. Pete communicated with me assuring me that all of my legalization can be taken care of, I had no worries after talking to him, and his progress to progress update made me realize that Pete is very professional and understands everything, he is well informed about the new rules and regulations as he was the only one who told me about apostille, I would like to recommend everyone looking for documentation legalization services to use ZhaoZhao.

Syed Hashim

ZhaoZhao Consulting of China
2024-01-16T09:08:08+08:00

Syed Hashim

Since I was out of China and both of my degrees, bachelor's and master's needed to be notarized and apostille, I was very worried and looking for all kinds of options then I happened to stumble upon ZhaoZhao. Pete communicated with me assuring me that all of my legalization can be taken care of, I had no worries after talking to him, and his progress to progress update made me realize that Pete is very professional and understands everything, he is well informed about the new rules and regulations as he was the only one who told me about apostille, I would like to recommend everyone looking for documentation legalization services to use ZhaoZhao.
After my stay in China, I needed to notarize, translate and legalize my police clearance report for visa application purposes. I could not have handled this myself because I was not in China and most of my friends were busy and I had limited time left to submit the document at the embassy. Hence, I had to find an alternative to sort it out.
I found Zhaozhao through my random search on the internet and I must admit to being a bit skeptical at first due to so many scammers on the internet.
However, I had a conviction within me that I could trust them. And I am glad I did. Mr. Zhang Pete and his team were amazing, providing detailed updates from the start to the completion of the case.
I commend Pete and his team for a great job in providing high-quality and efficient service as they promised and really look forward to contacting them in the future for other services and will always recommend them at any time.

Kudos Pete

Shery

ZhaoZhao Consulting of China
2023-04-06T16:17:45+08:00

Shery

After my stay in China, I needed to notarize, translate and legalize my police clearance report for visa application purposes. I could not have handled this myself because I was not in China and most of my friends were busy and I had limited time left to submit the document at the embassy. Hence, I had to find an alternative to sort it out. I found Zhaozhao through my random search on the internet and I must admit to being a bit skeptical at first due to so many scammers on the internet. However, I had a conviction within me that I could trust them. And I am glad I did. Mr. Zhang Pete and his team were amazing, providing detailed updates from the start to the completion of the case. I commend Pete and his team for a great job in providing high-quality and efficient service as they promised and really look forward to contacting them in the future for other services and will always recommend them at any time. Kudos Pete
Pete is the real deal. I was out of China and did not have the original passport I used to get the documents I wanted authenticated. Not only did Pete find the lady who notarized my original documents all the way back in 2018, but he organised a video interview to gain permission to have them notarised anew. Throughout the process he did not hesitate to give advice if he felt something was amiss and always gave requirements for each step in the authentication process well ahead of time. He is very professional and will definitely be recommending his services to my colleagues.

Tatenda

ZhaoZhao Consulting of China
2023-01-27T09:00:39+08:00

Tatenda

Pete is the real deal. I was out of China and did not have the original passport I used to get the documents I wanted authenticated. Not only did Pete find the lady who notarized my original documents all the way back in 2018, but he organised a video interview to gain permission to have them notarised anew. Throughout the process he did not hesitate to give advice if he felt something was amiss and always gave requirements for each step in the authentication process well ahead of time. He is very professional and will definitely be recommending his services to my colleagues.
I liked that we can communicate both by email and WeChat.

I also love that the service was end-to-end such as the service can include picking up the documents from the school.

I also like that I can pay in two parts installments (this option is helpful for students on a tight budget).

Keren

ZhaoZhao Consulting of China
2022-11-04T20:34:24+08:00

Keren

I liked that we can communicate both by email and WeChat. I also love that the service was end-to-end such as the service can include picking up the documents from the school. I also like that I can pay in two parts installments (this option is helpful for students on a tight budget).
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