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Notary services

Notary Services

Consular Officers perform notary services customarily provided by Notaries Public in the United States. All notary services require an appointment. For notary fee information, please see our list of common fees.

Generally, U.S. Consular Officers can provide notary services to U.S. citizens or for documents that will be used in the U.S. Non-U.S. citizens must provide a passport for identification. The Consulate will not accept Chinese National ID cards as identification.

Documents to be notarized should primarily be in English, as the Consular Officer must understand the content before notarizing. The Consulate cannot provide translation services.

If you are a U.S. citizen and need to notarize a Chinese-language document for use in China, please refer to the below list of local notaries public.

If you are getting married in China and need to get a notary for an Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry, click here.

Requirements for Notary Services at the U.S. Consulate General

For Oaths:

  • Appear in person to sign in the Consular Officer's presence.
  • Provide proof of your identity.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the document's contents.
  • Swear or affirm after indicating a basic understanding of the penalty for perjury.
  • Indicate you are signing of your own free will.

For Acknowledgements:

  • Appear in person to state that the signature on the document in question is yours, and that your signature is of your own free will.
  • Provide proof of your identity.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the document’s contents. 

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Local Notary Services

For Chinese-language documents to be used locally in China, you might choose to consult a local Notary Public, who can typically offer the following services:

  1. Marital status、Kindred relationship、Adoption relationship verifications.
  2. Criminal records checks.
  3. Certification of true copies.
  4. Contracts
  5. Inheritances
  6. Wills, Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, Bestowals.
  7. Divisions of property.

Below are some local Notaries Public that have been used by U.S. citizens for Chinese-language notarization services. Please note that the Consulate cannot assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of these or any other firms or persons.

Shanghai Dong Fang Notary Public Office
Address: No. 660 Feng Yang Road, Shanghai
Tel: 021-62154848, 8006204848

Shanghai Foreign Affairs Service Center
Address: 2rd Flr. Equatorial Hotel, No. 228 Hua Shan Rd., Jing An District, Shanghai
Tel. No. 62470833

For more notary information, please see the notary section on our FAQ page.