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Authentication

AUTHENTICATION PROCESS FOR CHINESE DOCUMENTS FOR USE IN THE U.S.

Consular Officers at the U.S. Embassy and its consulates in China are able to authenticate certain Chinese documents that have been notarized by a Chinese notary. Such documents include powers of attorney, agreements, university diplomas, various local certificates, and business licenses. The process involves three steps:

1. Get your document notarized by a local Chinese notary.

2. Send the notarized document to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for authentication of the notary’s signature and seal.

   a)If the document has been notarized in Beijing, it should be then sent to the Authentication Division of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for authentication:

Division of Notarization and Legalization
Department of Consular Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC
Add: 7th Floor, South Tower of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 2 Chaoyangmen South Street, Beijing
中华人民共和国外交部领事司认证处
地址:北京市朝阳门南大街2 号外交部南楼七层
Tel: 010-6588 9761 or 010-6588 0761
Business Hours:  08:30-11:00; Monday- Friday

   b)If the document has been notarized outside of Beijing, it should be sent to the local provincial Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) for authentication. Your local notarial service can provide you with the appropriate contact information.

3. Make an appointment for notary services and bring your authenticated document to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an additional authentication of the FAO official’s signature.