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China Document Legalization

Steps to china documents

Notarize

Make sure your document is notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/State/ local office.

Authenticate

The document must then 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.

Legalize

If one of the Chinese Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction over your state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization.

Get Started

  1. One duly completed and signed Authentication Application Form (G1 Form). 
    Form must be typed in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. (no handwritten applications will be accepted). Please leave section 7 of the G1 Form for Agent Information blank, Washington Express Visas will complete that.  
  2. Photo ID (Drivers License/ Passport) of individual signing G1 Form.
  3. The document to be authenticated, submit both the original and a complete set of photocopy.
  4. Washington Express Document Processing Request Form.
  5. Other supporting documents a consular officer may request.

China Consular Fees:

Expedited Service Commercial Document: $100 per document

Regular Service Commercial Document: $50 per document

US State Department: $20 per document

Washington Express Service/Fees:

Expedited Service (4-5 business days): $310 per document

Regular Service (10 business days): $215 per document

*The above processing time is average and for reference only. Some applications may require longer processing times where a pick-up date cannot be confirmed until notified by the Visa Office. Multi-document discounts may be offered depending on volume.

Forward Documents To:
1001 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036

*Please note, you can also fill out and submit your application for free (excluding embassy fees) by visiting the China Embassy website. We have no affiliation with any government embassy or agency.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Helpful Resources

Document Legalization Flow Chart

How to confirm an Apostille is authentic

Avoiding Embassy Document Rejection

Tips for successful document processing

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