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How to Apply for Authentication
2018/05/10

Step by Step

Step 1

Have your document notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original certified copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/ State/local Office.

Step 2

The document needs further to be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first. For Federally issued certifications, skip this step, go directly to Step 3.

Step 3

If one of the Chinese Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction (click here to check our service area map) over your state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization; if not, please get your document authenticated by the U. S. State Department before the Chinese Embassy can finally legalize it. Your legalization application may not be approved by the Embassy or Consulate General that does not hold consular jurisdiction over the state where your document is executed.

NOTE:

 1. Please make sure you have followed the all the steps required for authentication before submitting your document to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General for final legalization.

2. Your document must be authentic, intact and legitimate. The Embassy/Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document that contains illegal contents under Chinese laws or may cause potential threats to China's national or public interests.

3. A document containing two or more pages must be bound properly and securely, with sealing wax or paging seal/embossed seal to ensure the integrity of the document. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it is found illegitimate, or in any way forged, counterfeited, fraudulent or altered.

4. Single affidavits/certificates intended to be used for marriage registration in China and certain adoption documents regarding marital status, health status, or criminal records are only valid for six months from the date of issuance. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it becomes invalid.


How to apply

1. Walk-in service is available during office hours. Appointment is NOT required for submission or collection of your authentication documents.

2. You may submit your application in person, or use an agent (Power of Attorney is not necessary). Please note that you may be required to come in person to have an interview if demanded by a consular officer. Mail-in or mail back service is not available and are not accepted.

4. You or your agent will be able to pick up your documents on the date written on your pick-up slip, unless otherwise notified by the Visa Office.


Documents Required

1. One duly completed and signed Authentication Application Form. If your application is submitted by an agent, please make sure to fill in Section 7 of the form.

2. Original document to be authenticated;

3. Complete set of photocopy of the documents to be authenticated.

4. For documents for personal purposes , please submit one copy of the passport or driver license applicant; or,

For documents for company purposes, please submit a cover letter and one copy of passport or driver license of the legal representative of the company.

If your application is submitted by an angent, please submit a copy of the the passport or driver license of the agent.

5. Other supporting documents if demanded by consular officers.

Once your application is accepted, you will be give a pickup slip with which you can pick up your documents on the pickup date.


Processing Time

Regular service: 4 business days

Express service: 2-3 business days

Rush service: 1 business day. Available only in extreme emergencies and subject to approval by the consular officer.

Note:

The above processing time is average and for reference only. Some applications may require longer processing time that a pick-up date cannot be confirmed until notified..


Fees and Payment

1. Fees

1) Regular Service

Civil documents: $25 per document.

Commercial documents: $50 per document.

2) Express Service: an additional fee of $20 per document.

3) Rush service: an additional fee of $30 per document.

Authentication fee should be paid once your application is approved and processed.

2. Payments

1) We accept credit card (Visa or Mastercard), money order, and cashier's check.

Cash, personal check, online payment and credit card other than a Visa or Mastercard is accepted.

2) Please make your check or money order payable to "Consulate General in Los Angeles". Please make sure you have the exact and correct amount written on your check/money order. No erroneous check will be accepted.

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