All non-government issued documents must be notarized by a local notary public, including school documents, power of attorney, adoption papers, single status affidavit, etc.
Send your notarized authentication documents or government issued documents, such as birth/death certificate, marriage certificate, business license, etc., to the Secretary of State’s office in the state where the document was issued. The Secretary of State’s office will certify your documents for a fee. Check with local Secretary of State’s office for detailed instructions on the document legalization process.
CVSC can also assist you with this document authentication process for a fee.
Documents issued in certain states must also be authenticated by the US Department of State after certification by the local Secretary of State’s office. These states include Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming and FBI reports.
CVSC can also help with this document authentication process for a fee.
After your document is certified by the Secretary of State (SOS), send both the ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of the certified document to CVSC
for authentication by Chinese Embassy/Consulate. Do not remove any staples or binding when making your copy.
A photocopy of the applicant’s passport is required by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates. If you are authenticating commercial or business documents, you must send a copy of the company’s legal representative's passport.
Fill out the Application Form for Authentication or Notarization. The form must be completely filled, typed in all CAPS, signed and dated.
Click here to see a sample pre-filled application form for civil documents.
The Chinese Embassy/Consulates may request additional supporting documents, which is usually handled on a case-by-case basis. For example, if the authenticated documents have to do with property transfer, you must provide a copy of the property’s deed. All commercial/business documents will require a copy of the company's formation documents, such as Articles of Incorporation. If and when additional documents are required, CVSC will contact you regarding such request.
Fill out the CVSC Authentication Order Form.
You must include payment information and provide an email address and a day-time phone number where you can be easily reached. Your order
will be delayed if you cannot be reached by phone in case we need to contact you with any application issues. If you are outside
of the USA then we will contact you via email.
|For property or commercial documents||$50 per document|
|For civil documents||$25 per document|
|Rush Surcharge (1-2 day processing, if available)||$37 per document|
|Express Surcharge (2-3 day processing, if available)||$25 per document|
$8 per document
Varies from state to state
|For Chinese Embassy/Consulate authentication||
$99 for 1st document, $59 for each additional
(per CVSC location)
|Rush Surcharge (1-2 day processing, if available)||$40 per document|
|Express Surcharge (2-3 day processing, if available)||$20 per document|
|For US Department of State authentication (optional)||$60 per document|
|For local Secretary of State certification (optional)||$50 per document plus round-trip shipping|
Processing fees can be paid by credit or debit card only. The total charges include all government fees, CVSC service fees and appropriate shipping fees. Government fees and CVSC service fees are listed above, and shipping fees are $35 each way via FedEx overnight delivery.
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