Distinguish Authentication From Notarization

If you need to use your document issued by U. S. government in China, you will have to get it notarized or authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate.

Basics of consulate notarization and authentication:

  1. Consulate notarization and authentication have the same legal validity.
  2. Consulate notarization must be done by the applicant on his own. The applicant must go to the embassy with his passport and related document to get it notarized.
  3. Document issued by a foreign government, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, diplomas, transcripts etc. must be authenticated.
  4. Power of attorney, affidavits, and other documents drafted by individuals can be notarized or authenticated by consulate.  If you are a Chinese citizen, you can directly go to the embassy and get notarization. Or, you can entrust us to help you apply for consulate authentication. If you are not a Chinese citizen, you can only follow the authentication procedure.

Chinese Embassy only notarize the following documents:

  • Power of attorney, affidavit, pleadings and true signature;
  • Survival certificate;
  • Single certificate;
  • Residence certificate;
  • Photograph certificate;
  • Passport true copy.

If it is not convenient for you to go the Chinese embassy or consulate, or you are not Chinese citizen, you will have to follow the authentication procedure.

Almost all documents can be authenticated, we divide them into the following types:

  • Judicial or government document: court orders, birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, non criminal records.
  • Power of attorney, affidavit, etc. true signature certification: such as inheritance, transfer of property, house purchase, foster children, as well as power of attorney in divorce proceedings.
  • Business documents: company registration documents, financial, tax documents, contracts and so on.
  • True copy: such as passports, invoices, shipping orders, emails.

Laroz provide you with basic information about authentication, but does not guarantee the correctness and completeness of the information, and is not responsible for any loss due to incorrect or missing information.