Authentication by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco and Legalization/Notarization by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco
Because of popular request, we now offer authentication and notarization/Legalization services by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

Also see Authentication by the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles - Notarization and Legalization by the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles

Price: $600 for the Entire Authentication Process by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco
Length of Time: 2 weeks (Extra costs for expedited requests)

Authentication

Authentication, also known as certification or legalization, is a service provided by the Chinese Consulate General , at the request of a natural person, a legal person, or an organization, to authenticate or legalize the last seal and signature on a document issued in the U.S. in order for the document to be recognized and used in China..

In order for the documents to have legal effects in China, the documents first need to be translated into Simplified Chinese. The detailed procedures are described below. 

II. Our Authentication Process (Or the steps need to be followed should you wish to do it yourself with the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco)

Step 1.

The document needs to be certified by a local notary public, or a certified copy should be issued by the competent authorities before consular authentication.

Step 2.

The document needs to be certified by the Secretary of the State of a U.S. state government in which the document is executed. (Some states, such as California, require that the document should be certified by the County Clerk first.)

Step 3.

Applicants must apply for authentication at the Chinese Consulate General of the consular district where the document is certified. The consular district of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco covers: Northern California, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Only documents certified by the Secretaries of State Office of the above listed 5 states (click here for their contact Information) can be certified by the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco.

III. Documents Required for Authentication by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

1. One fully completed Notarization and Authentication Application Form.

2. The original and a photocopy of the document to be authenticated.

3. The original of the applicant's passport and a photocopy of the photo/information page of the passport or other valid ID.

4. If an applicant has entrusted someone else to submit the application on his/her behalf, a photocopy of both the entrusted person's and the applicant's valid ID will be required.

5. If the document is a business license, a photocopy of the passport or driving license of the company's legal representative and the company document that can prove the person's legal representative status should be submitted.

Please contact us for more information.

Also see Chinese Translator in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento