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Instructions on Applications for Authentication by Mail

The Chinese Consulate General only accepts applications by mail for document authentication.

The Chinese Consulate General does not accept visa applications sent in by mail. The applicants are required to be present in the Passport & Visa Office for visa application, or they may entrust a relative, friend, or travel/visa agent to come to submit the application.

The Chinese Consulate General does not accept applications by mail for passport, travel permit, or notarization. The applicants should apply in person to the Passport & Visa Office.

I. General Instructions

Please read carefully and prepare the application according to Instructions on Authentication before applying.

Applicants should apply to the relavent Chinese Consulate or Embassy according to the Consular Districts of the People's Republic of China. Only those applicants residing in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Pacific Islands can apply to the Passport & Visa Office of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles. Applications from other states will be returned without processing.

Please mark clearly on the envelope "Authentication" in order to have the application duly processed. The Chinese Consulate General is not responsible for any possible delay in processing or return of application if the envelope is not clearly marked.

Please enclose a cover letter including the list of items mailed and your daytime telephone number.

II. Handling Service Charge

In addition to the authentication fee, $5.00 handling fee per package will be charged. The applicants should pre-pay the return postage.

Only Money Orders or Cashier's Checks are acceptable. Cash and personal or company checks are not acceptable. All fees for the application(s) in one package may be covered by one check. Please put the exact amount on the check, there is no change for payment.

The payment should be made payable to "Chinese Consulate".

III. A self-addressed and pre-paid Return Envelope with sufficient postage must be enclosed with the application.

Please choose trackable mail service, such as Express Mail and Priority Mail,

Do not use express delivery services such as FedEx, UPS, Airborne, DHL, or meter-stamped envelopes for return mail.

Certified or registered mail is not acceptable.

Applicants are responsible for the correct address and sufficient postage on the return envelope.

IV. Mailing Address

Passport & Visa Office, Chinese Consulate General

443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020

V. Process Time

It takes 7 to 14 business days to process applications received by mail. Rush service is not available.

Do not make any inquires about the status of your application within 15 days of submission. In case of emergency, please fax to the Consulate the related information, including the applicant's name, birth date, passport number, mailing details, and contact numbers or E-mail.

Our fax number is 213-380-0372.

VI. Other Notes

The applicants should fully estimate the risk of possible loss, damage, or delay in the process of delivery, and allow themselves sufficient time for recovery measures. The Chinese Consulate General are not responsible for any loss, damage, delay, or mishandling of your passport(s) or document(s) in the process of delivery.

The above instructions are subject to change, without notice, at the discretion and interpretation of the Chinese Consulate General.

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