Getting an Apostille for Marriage Certificate

How To Get an Apostille for Your Marriage Certificate?

Your marriage certificate is from China.

We need this certificate to be apostilled. Now China is not a Hague Country, so they don’t use the word “apostille” for authentication of documents. 

But it looks there has been some very recent changes to this, as of November 7, 2023. 

It looks like China joined the “apostille” part of the Convention (without joining the Hague) and so now an Apostille is accepted in China, and it sounds like China also can issue Apostilles.  

Here is info on this from the Chinese Embassy, which is the best source to go with:

I think your best bet is to contact the Chinese Embassy in DC and ask them to send you an apostilled marriage certificate.  They should be able to provide this service. 

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America
3505 International Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008 U.S.A.
Tel: +1-202-495-2266
Fax: +1-202-495-2138


What To Do With Birth Certificates?

Good news! Your birth certificates DO NOT need to be apostilled. 

They still need to be included in your dossier, just don’t need an apostille.  Please include 2 certified originals in each set of your dossier.  (Your dossier is in 2 sets). 

What About Any Divorce Certificates?

For any divorces, the divorce certificates need to be presented with the adoption dossier.  Only photocopies of these divorce certificates/degrees are required.  No apostilles.  Just copies of each one.  


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