In order to use official documents in China, for example- University Degree, Criminal Records Check, Marriage Certificates, Birth Certificates, etc., it will need to be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy in the country the document was issued in. For example, if your University Degree was issued by Queens University in Canada, even if you are a US citizen, your University Degree will need to be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy in Canada.
Do you have a job lined up in China? In order to get a work permit to legally work in China, you will need your University Degree and a recent Criminal Records Check authenticated by the Chinese Embassy. Is your new job in China an English teacher? Depending on which city in China you will go to, you may need your TEFL notarized or authenticated as well.
Some examples of current requirements in China:
Beijing: TEFL needs to be authenticated
Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou: TEFL needs to be notarized
Pro Tip One:
Even if your city only requires TEFL being notarized, if you plan on staying in China over 1 year and plan on changing jobs, we would recommend getting your TEFL authenticated. Notarized documents expire in one year, authentication is forever.
Process to Authenticate Documents
If you do not live near a Chinese Consulate or Embassy office, you have no choice but to use an agent to handle your documents, as the Chinese Consulate/Embassy do not accept authentication orders by mail. Also, the authentication process is a 3 step process that requires you to get your documents notarized, then legalized by the state, and finally the Chinese Embassy level authentication, this might be quite hassle for you. Let Authenticate China do the work for you while you relax and focus on preparing for your transition to your new job.
IF YOU DECIDED TO DO THE FIRST TWO STEPS OF THE AUTHENTICATION PROCESS, AND THEN LET US DO THE FINAL STEP, MAKE SURE THE NOTARY PART IS DONE CORRECTLY. IF DONE INCORRECTLY, WE HAVE TO START OVER FROM SCRATCH.
Unlike other 3rd party document agencies, we can do the entire 3 steps from notarization to Chinese Embassy Authentication in 8 or 9 business days! Placing an order is very easy. Just upload the color scans of your degree, Criminal Records check and TEFL and sit back and relax.
Pro Tip #2
Let us order your State Level Criminal Records check for you. When you go to our order form, there is an option to order the State Level Criminal Records Check and you don’t have to go to the police check in person, nor do the fingerprints.
Document Notarization, State Legalization, and Chinese Embassy Authentication: $150 per document (Recommended Option)
Just submit the color scan of the document to us, and let us do the entire 3 steps, saving you time and hassle.
Chinese Embassy Authentication: $120 per document
Have you already notarized the document and also got the state level legalization? Ship that over to us and we can do the embassy authentication for you.
Notarization Services: $30 per document
If you just need the document notarized, just send us a scanned copy, and we will notarized it.
State Level Criminal Records Check Services: $30 per search
Are you living abroad and having difficulties getting a recent criminal records check? We can do it on your behalf. Don’t have the time to apply for a state level criminal records check? Let us save you time and we can do it for you.
How to submit your order to authenticate your documents?
- Color scan your documents(University Degree, Criminal Records Check, TEFL Certificate/Teaching Certificates) and then upload to the order form. In almost all cases, legalized scans are accepted for most of China. In the event you need to authenticate your originals, please send us the original and we can authenticate that.**FBI Criminal Records Check- Unless you received a digital copy from your channeler, you must send the hard copy to us for authentication.**Marriage/Birth Certificates- You need to notarize and legalize in the state your documents were issued for marriage/birth certificates before mailing to us. Also, they must be issued within 6 months.
- Clear scan of your passport- both the photo page and signature page. If any info on the passport cannot be read, it could be rejected by the Chinese embassy.
- Completed Chinese Legalization Application– TYPE IN ALL CAPS. Just fill out what you can, and we will help fill out any missing or correct the errors for you.
- Completed Order Form