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Briefing On Notarization By Chinese Embassies And Consulates In Foreign Countries
2004-08-03

Applications for notarization by Chinese citizens living in foreign countries shall be accepted by the Chinese Embassies or Consulates in these countries. Documents, with which facts and acts occurred in China, shall be, in principle, applied for notarization to the notary offices authorized to provide foreign-related services in China.

A. Legal basis for notarization by Chinese Embassies and Consulates in foreign countries

It is stipulated in Article 5 of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations that consular functions consist of  acting as notary and civil registrar and in capacities of a similar kind. It is stipulated in Article 15 of Provisional Regulations on Notarization of the People's Republic of China that applications for notarization by Chinese citizens in foreign countries shall be accepted by the Chinese Embassies and Consulates in the very countries. Stipulations on notarization and consular legalization could also be found in bilateral consular treaties signed between China and foreign countries, such as to draw up documents of a person of any nationality for use in the sending state upon the request of that person, to draw up documents of a national of the sending state for use outside the sending state upon the request of that national, and to legalize signatures and seals on documents issued by the authorities concerned of the sending state or of the receiving state.

B. Chinese Embassies and Consulates in foreign countries are more focused on following notarizations:

Declaration, Power of Attorney, Marital Status, Survival Certificate, Conformity of Duplicates to the Original, etc.

C. Varieties of notarization, Requirements for application, Fee standards and other information could be acquired from Chinese Embassies and Consulates in foreign countries where the applicants reside.
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