DOCUMENT APOSTILLE & CONSULAR AUTHENTICATION

We assist in getting China-issued documents apostilled by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or authenticated by foreign embassies/consulates in China. If you are interested in using our  service, please submit a quote request.

Apostille vs. Consular Authentication

Individuals and businesses that are engaged in cross-border activities (e.g. immigration, work/study abroad, international trade) often need to show public documents issued in one country to officials in another country. Both apostille and consular authentication are methods for authenticating documents so that the documents are recognized in the country of destination.

Whether to choose apostille or consular authentication depends on the country where you intend to use the document. An Apostille is used when both the country where the document is issued and the country where the document is to be used are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention. If either country has not joined the convention, the consular authentication is needed. 

The formality of an Apostille is meant to replace the traditional consular authentication which is considered cumbersome, costly and time-consuming. The application for an Apostille is a straightforward process dealing with only one designated authority in the country of origin, whereas consular authentication involves both the authority of the origin and the embassy or consulate representing the country of destination. Also, the document with an Apostille is acceptable in more than one hundred countries that are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention, but a consular authentication stamp is limited to be recognized in only one country which the embassy or consulate represents.

More blog posts on our website regarding apostille and consular authentication are available here.

Service Fee and Processing Time

The processing time for getting an Apostille in China is 2-4 working days and our service fee is RMB 800.

Consular authentication takes much longer and the cost is higher. The processing time depends on the specific embassy or consulate and the cost varies by multiple factors. Below are calculators to calculate a preliminary estimate of the service fee and processing time for using our consular authentication service. The countries that are parties to the Hague Convention Apostille are not included in the calculations.

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What Our Clients Say

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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
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.
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).
I am impressed with the open communication and genuine effort made to resolve challenges that arose in the process of getting me an apostille. I will definitely recommend and also use your services in the future if the need arises.

Uche

ZhaoZhao Consulting of China
2024-03-26T23:31:48+08:00

Uche

I am impressed with the open communication and genuine effort made to resolve challenges that arose in the process of getting me an apostille. I will definitely recommend and also use your services in the future if the need arises.
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