Certified True Copies

Updated: May 27

Getting certified copies of documents in China for use abroad


Many situations require expats in China to get a certified copy of a document (such as a passport) to use abroad. Common examples of where this is required include buying real estate, opening an investment account and accessing government services.


Certified copies can be made by a Chinese lawyer after examining the original document. A photocopy is taken and a certification attached to it. Chinese notary offices do not provide certified copies.


What is the procedure to get copies made?

We offer two methods for having copies made: (i) in-person or (ii) by mail. After reviewing your originals our lawyers will make the copies and perform the certification. This is handled either same-day or next-day.


If you are not in Shanghai you can mail your documents to us, we will do the certification and securely mail everything back to you.


Can you send my certified copy abroad?

If the certified copies are going to someone in another country, we can courier the certified copy directly to them by TNT or FedEx.


How do I make arrangements to have certified copies made?

Use this contact form to get in touch. We'll respond within 24 hours.