China Process Server

Process Service Network

Our China process server will handle everything for you efficiently and timely with cost effective results pursuant to the Hague Service Convention.

Process Service Network serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in China. We will serve your legal documents through the Hague Service Convention, as allowed by law in China (see below).

Process Service Network specializes in process service in China and has process servers and investigators in every area of the country, including Beijing. However, service must only be made pursuant to the Hague Service Convention (see below). We are one of the few firms that handle international service of process and investigations, and offer competitive rates. Our job is to cut through the bureaucracy and red tape to get the service completed with as little delay as possible. We have been in business since 1978 and have developed close working relationships with key individuals in most countries throughout the world. The founder and CEO of Process Service Network was a Political Science major in college with a focus on international relations and is actively involved in a worldwide organization through which he has developed business and personal relationships in over 80 nations worldwide. He is also an International Circle member of the World Affairs Council and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Unlike some of our competitors who claim to be experts, we actually are familiar with the laws, customs and current practices in the countries where documents are to be served. With offices in 7 countries, serving major regions around the world, we stay on top of current events and service strategies. Our personal relationships and close dealings with the judicial authorities in the U.S. Department of State and many countries allow us to have a better understanding of their procedures and requirements.

Why Choose Process Service Network?

  • Our extensive network of both process servers and connections get your documents delivered in a timely manner
  • We deliver your documents through methods that are accepted in all courts worldwide
  • We will serve your legal documents anywhere in the world, including process service in China
  • We provide you with a team of skilled, knowledgeable, diligent and competent international service specialists
  • We quote firm rates, in advance – with no hidden fees. China process server knows  exactly what is required.

The following is a summary of the methods available for process service in China as well as a specific proposal for service.


China is a signatory to The Hague Service Convention (treaty) that governs service of process to be effected between participating nations. Process service in China may only be made by this method as process service in China is not permitted by private party. China considers any other method of service a violation of its sovereignty and will prosecute, both civilly and criminally, for any infringement. Service is made by formal service through the Central Authority which itself arranges for service by methods prescribed in that country. Documents to be served in accordance with this method must be translated into Mandarin Chinese. Since China has specific requirements for completion of the formal request, we prepare the USM-94 form, letters of transmittal, and all other required documents for you. Please keep in mind that service must be made pursuant to the Hague Service Convention and our China process server cannot handle the service directly. The time frame can range from 3 to 6 months, typically 5 months, but sometimes longer due to COVID-19 issues. We can assist with a request for Court Order for Service by Publication due to COVID delays. Call us for details at (800) 417-7623 or email to

NOTE: Pleadings cannot contain the words “Taiwan” or “R.O.C.” Call us for more information.

Note: Service of subpoenas and discovery documents (request for production of evidence) is made pursuant to Letters Rogatory (Letter of Request).

Our China process server handles that cumbersome process for you.

OPTION:  We can provide an automatic update on formal Hague service for an additional, one-time fee of $300.00.  This status update will be available once a month, or as requested, for purposes of obtaining a court deadline extension.


Process service in China is available pursuant to the Hague Service Convention. We prepare the formal request forms on your behalf.  All forms of service by private process server and mail are strictly prohibited and punishable by civil and criminal penalties. The exception is a non-judicial letter, which does not include a demand for payment, and that letter can be delivered by private process server.


Service by Publication is an alternative to personal service when a defendant's address is not known.  Your court will require that you conduct a Due Diligence Search before issuing a court order allowing for service by publication.  We handle the entire process, including the due diligence search affidavit, and preparing the Application and Order for Publication.  We will provide all forms necessary for you to submit to your local court.  Once the Order is signed by the judge, we will publish the entire file for one low rate of $995.00 and provide Proof of Publication.

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China requires that the documents to be translated into the official language (in this case, Mandarin Chinese). The Hague Service Convention also requires translation.  We offer translation services at rates quoted below.

If you have questions, call us at (800) 417-7623 or email to


Formal $895.00 ** + $195.00 government fee
Informal Not available, except for non-judicial letter – rate is $1795.00
Publication $995.00
*All fees are per defendant/address
** Plus a $195.00 government fee
Translation $0.38 per word (proper nouns not translated)


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DECLARATIONS: Our China process server will provide status of service upon request for an additional charge. We subscribe to the U.S. Department of State weekly up-dates on international service of process and the Central Intelligence Agency briefings on social conditions abroad and monitor problems in nations that might affect the completion of the service. Estimated time for completion of service is subject to change depending on current conditions.

WARNING: Beware of companies that quote suspiciously low rates. They often come back later with an excuse for an additional charge. Our rates are firm for one address quoted. Other companies are actually brokerage firms or website developers, not process service agencies, who farm out assignments to companies that are not knowledgeable or qualified on international service of process.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained herein is provided for general information only and may not be accurate at the time of service in a particular case or country. Questions involving specific services should be directed to our office. Care should be exercised in choosing the method of service (formal/informal) if eventual enforcement of a U.S. judgment is anticipated in the country where the documents are to be served. No legal advice is intended in the statements contained herein. Assignments for international service of process are accepted on the basis that the assigning law firm has researched all applicable laws. Process Service Network and its agents assume no liability for its actions in the course of any phase of the service of process assignment.

Specializing in International Service and “hard-to-serve” cases

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What we will need to get it served:

International Service of Process

  • If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
  • If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: three (3)copies of the documents to be served.
    (Note: all 3 sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
  • A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name, service address, and requested method of service (i.e. formal or informal).
  • Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars (we will bill you for the translation costs, if translation is required).

Domestic (United States) Service of Process

  • If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
  • If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: two (2) copies of the documents to be served.
    (Note: both sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
  • A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name and service address.
  • Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars.

A note about copies: Service documents sent to us are subject to a $.75/page copy fee for large files (100+ pages).

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Note: We’ve been in business since 1978, so we must be doing it right.