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China Document Legalization & Authentication

Washington Express Visas offers same day pick-up and prompt, reliable China document authentication and legalization processing available 24 hours a day. When others tell you it will take weeks to get your documents, call us and we can do it in mere days. We will walk you through the process step-by-step and immediately notify you if any problems or delays occur. Your documents can either be picked up and returned directly to your office, or you can send them to us via FedEx, UPS, etc. to our Processing Office.

However, you can also fill out and submit your application for free (excluding embassy fees) by visiting the China Embassy website. Please note that we have no affiliation with any government embassy or agency.

Three Steps to china documents

Make sure your document is notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/State/ local office.

The document must then be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first. For Federally issued certifications, skip this step and go directly to Step 3.

If one of the Chinese Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction over your state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization; if not, please get your document authenticated by the U.S. State Department before the Chinese Embassy can provide final legalization. (Please note that your legalization application may be rejected by the Embassy/Consulate General that does not hold consular jurisdiction over the state where your document is executed.)

documents to be submitted

  • One duly completed and signed Authentication Application Form (G1 Form). 
    Form must be typed in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. (no handwritten applications will be accepted). Please leave section 7 of the G1 Form for Agent Information blank, Washington Express Visas will complete that.  
  • Photo ID (Drivers License/ Passport) of individual signing G1 Form.
  • The document to be authenticated, submit both the original and a complete set of photocopy.
  • Washington Express Document Processing Request Form.
  • Other supporting documents a consular officer may request.

Processing Times & Fees

    China Consular Fees:
  • Expedited Service Commercial Document: $100 per document
  • Regular Service Commercial Document: $50 per document
  • US State Department: $20 per document

  • Washington Express Service/Fees:
  • Expedited Service (4-5 business days): $310 per document
  • Regular Service (10 business days): $215 per document

  • *The above processing time is average and for reference only. Some applications may require longer processing times where a pick-up date cannot be confirmed until notified by the Visa Office. Multi-document discounts may be offered depending on volume.

    Forward Documents To:
    1001 Connecticut Ave NW
    Suite 710
    Washington, DC 20036

Things to Consider

  • Please make sure you have followed all the steps required for authentication before submitting your document to the Chinese Embassy/Consulate-General for final legalization.

  • Your document must be authentic, intact and legitimate. The Embassy/Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document that contains illegal contents under Chinese laws or may cause potential threats to China’s national or public interests.

  • A document containing two or more pages must be bound properly and securely, with sealing wax or paging seal/embossed seal to ensure the integrity of the document. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it is found illegitimate, or in any way forged, counterfeited, fraudulent or altered.

  • Single affidavits/certificates intended to be used for marriage registration in China and certain adoption documents regarding marital status, health status, or criminal records are only valid for six months from the date of issuance. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it becomes invalid.

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