China has not joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Documents from China are only recognized abroad, if they have been legalized. This means that their authenticity needs to be confirmed separately.
By legalization the signature and the seal of foreign documents are authenticated. Responsible is the respective embassy of the country in which the document shall be used. A legalization is solely possible, if the document has been issued by a public notariat of the People's Republic of China for use abroad. The notary issues a notarial document on the basis of the original. It must contain a notarially certified copy of the original as well as a confirmation of authenticity.
The notarially certified documents must then be re-certified by the Office for Foreign Affairs responsible for the notary's official residence. Only then can the document be legalized by the German Consulate General.
The following documents can be legalized:
- Extracts from the commercial register
- Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
- Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
- Judicial decisions
- Notarially certified copies of documents
- Notarially certified translations
- Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
Apostille for Hong Kong and Macao
Hong Kong and Macao have joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. In 1997, China has confirmed the validitiy of the convention for Hong Kong, in 1999 for Macao. Therefore no diplomatic authentication or legalization of documents from Hong Kong or Macao is required for the legal communication with another member state of the convention. The documents only need to be stamped with an "apostille" by the issuing state's authorities in order to be valid in the state of destination.
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Price for legalization of documents from China: by request