Document Authentication Services at the Houston Consulate
Normal processing time for documents brought to the Houston Chinese Consulate by courier service is 4 to 5 business days.
Consulate Fees for Authentication & Notarization
If you need a faster turnaround time, expedited service is offered.
Expedited, next business day, service is usually available for documents brought to the Consulate either in person or by courier. Please note however that during times when the Consulate is short on staff, they may not be able to provide expedited service.
The table below summarizes the different types of service and related fees.
Consulate Service and Fee Comparison - Personal & Adoption Documents:
Special Note for Families Working on Adoption Documents:
The adoption dossier that you prepare for China will contain 12 or more individual documents. Obviously, the most economical approach is to have as many documents authenticated at the normal fee as possible. What I often do is make one trip with the bulk of a family's documents to be processed at the normal rate and then, if necessary, make a second trip with any late documents (typically the I-171H or I-797) to be processed on a 24-hour rush.
For most families this strategy saves anywhere from $200 to $300 in Consulate rush fees.