Revised as of 14/04/2008

The Chinese Embassy and Consulates authenticate documents which are executed in the United States and will be used in China. Type of documents include: birth/death certificates, power of attorney, marriage certificates, diplomas, adoption application papers, business license, etc.


How to apply/Document must be:


1. Signed before a notary public.

2. Certified by the clerk of Court of the County in which the document is commissioned if applicable. It may be omitted if the authority in item 3 will certify directly to the notary.

3. Certified by the Secretary of the State in which the document is executed( Authentication offices contact information).

4. Certified by the relevant Consulate - General. You must apply to the correct Consulate - General which holds consular jurisdiction over the area where the document is executed. 

For applicants who live in the consular jurisdiction of the Embassy, documents after being certified by the authority in item 3 shall be certified by the U. S. Departments of State Authentication Office, and then by the Embassy.


You may come to the relevant Embassy or Consulate -Generals for application, or entrust a representative (no power of attorney is needed) to apply for you. No appointment is required.

Documents to be included with applications:


  1. One Authentication Application Form (G1).

2. The documents to be authenticated, and a photocopy of  the documents .

3. Photocopy of the applicant's passport or driver license. In case of  business license  authentication, a photocopy of  the company's legal person's  passport or driver license is required.


Fees and processing time




Civil documents, e.g. Adoption, marriage, birth/death certificate kinship, etc.


Property or Commercial documents, e.g. Business license, labor agreement, inheritance, property transfer, etc.


Survival certificate



The regular processing time is 4 working days. For express service, additional fees of $30 for 1 working day (applications presented before 11:30am may be picked up between 2:30pm-3:00pm on the same day) processing, or $20 for 2-3 working days processing will be charged.


Please pay by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check or Company Check. Cash or personal checks are not acceptable. Please make the check or money order payable to Chinese Embassy.

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