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Birth Certificate Authentication for use in China

Document Authentication for China

US birth certificate must be legalized by the Chinese Embassy or Chinese consulate in order to be used in China. This process is called authentication. China is not a member of Hague Convention, therefore Apostille is not acceptable. The birth certificate should be first be authenticated by the secretary of state office, then further authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulate accordingly.

STEP 1 - Obtain a Certified birth certificate
  • Contact with your state vital record office to obtain a certified birth certificate. The certified birth certificate should look and feel like the original.
STEP 2 - Authenticated by the secretary of state
  • Contact with your secretary of state authentication office for authentication.
  • The secretary of state will add a cover statement with a designated big seal, signature and wording recognized by Chinese Consulate.
  • Once authenticated, the staple(s) must not be removed or it will invalidate the document.
  • When you submit the birth certificate to the secretary of your state, please indicate the document will be used in China. The birth certificate should be authenticated. Apostille is not recognized in China.
  • Birth certificate issued in DC jurisdiction must be further authenticated by the US Department of State.
  • It's possible to combine step 1 and step 2 together, please check with your secretary of state office for detail.
  • Click here for secretary of state authentication sample
  • Click here for secretary of state authentication office
  • Original Consular Report of Birth Abroad can be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy directly, please follow step 3.
STEP 3 - Authentication Application Form (G1)

Fill out and print "Authentication Application Form (G1)"

FAQs:
Q: Can minor be applicant on the application form?
A: If the birth certificate is for minor (under 18 years of age), one of parents should be the applicant and sign the application form.
Q: What should I fill in "Supporting documents and Copies of Legalization" section?
A: It simply means how many set of documents you need for authentication. If you only have 1 document, simply type in "1 ORIGINAL AND 1 PHOTOCOPY". You will need to pay for each document that needs authentication.
How to fill out G1 form Click here to find out how to fill out the Authentication Application Form correctly.

STEP 4 - Photocopy of Applicant's ID

Photocopy of applicant's passport. If the birth certificate is for minor, photocopy of minor's passport together with photocopy of both parent's passport are required.

STEP 5 - Select a Service The authentication fees vary depending on type of the documents and level of service
  • Regular 7-15 business days processing: US$143.00/per document
    Consular Fee: $25.00 + Service Fee: $89.00 + Return shipping fee: $29.00
    (Service fee is reduced to $59 for each additional document, total for each additional document is $84, if the documents can be processed in the same jurisdiction.)
  • Express 5-6 business days processing: US$183.00/per document *
    Consular Fee: $25.00 + Service Fee: $129.00 + Return shipping fee: $29.00
    (Service fee is reduced to $99 for each additional document, total for each additional document is $124, if the documents can be processed in the same jurisdiction.)
  • Express Plus 3-4 business days processing: US$258.00/per document*
    Consular Fee: $50.00 + Service Fee: $179.00 + Return shipping fee: $29.00
    (Service fee is reduced to $159 for each additional document, total for each additional document is $209, if the documents can be processed in the same jurisdiction.)
    (*Express Plus is only available in New York, Houston and Los Angeles jurisdiction and is not currently available in Chicago, DC and San Francisco jurisdiction.)

Remarks:

  • Processing time means the time Chinese Consulate needs to process your application and is based on business days. First day of receiving is not processing day. Weekend and holiday doesn't count.

Forms of Payment:

  • Payment needs to be in forms of money order, cashiers check, certified check, company check or cash. Company check may need a few extra days to clear. Please make check or money order payable to VisaRite Service. Personal check is not accepted.
  • You may also pay by credit card. Credit card payment is subject to 3% surcharge.
  • If you have paid online, please include a copy of payment confirmation with your application. Do not send in the credit card payment authorization form if you have paid online.
  • Return shipping fee listed is for return addresses within the continental U.S. If your return address is in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or Canada, please include an extra extended delivery area fee of $10.00 per order. If you need to ship back to other international address, additional fee and time is needed, please call for detail.
STEP 6 - Complete Service Request Form

Click here for Service Request Form

STEP 7 - Additional Requirement for DC jurisdiction
STEP 8 - Send the Application Package to VisaRite Service
Put all following items together in one package
  • The original notarized and authenticated document, and a photo copy of each single page. You may fold page when making copies. Do not unstaple, or it will invalidate the document.
  • One clearly and completely filled "Application Form for Authentication ".
  • Copy of the passport or photo ID of the applicant.
  • In cases of commercial authentication, a copy of the company's license or proof of good standing of the company are required.
  • Check or money order payable to VisaRite Service to cover the total cost.
Please send your application with all required items listed above by FedEx, UPS, DHL, Express Mail, register mail or other traceable courier service to:

VisaRite Service Center
460 Van Emburgh Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Tel: (201) 445-7088

Remarks
  The processing time is Consulate processing time and doesn't include the return shipping time. First day of receiving is not processing day.