The authentication process in Ireland is straight forward:
Step 1 – Have your documents notarized by a Notary Public. Any document coming from a government body (background check) will NOT need to be notarized prior to authentication with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. AND Original Bachelor degrees are already notarised. You will more than likely only need this step if you are getting copies authenticated.
Step 2 – Have your documents authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their Legalization Office. Normally, you’d be able to visit the Dublin or Cork office in person and walk out with your documents stamped in an hour…. However, due to the COVID situation, you’ll currently need to send the documents by mail.
COST: Public Notary fees are not set but most charge around €15. The fee for authenticating a document in Ireland is €40 and the process should take 4 -5 days from the time the documents are received.
Living abroad? Use the services of a legalization agency, like Apostille.ie, who’ll take your documents, have them notarized and authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Then they will have it legalized by the Chinese Embassy, and mail them back to you.
IMPORTANT: When applying for your Criminal Background Check in Ireland, make sure to ask for it to be notarized when it’s issued. If it has been, you’ll see a blue stamp on the bottom, left-hand-side. This stamp is essential, and the document cannot be authenticated without it, so don’t forget to ask.