How to Obtain a Chinese Birth Certificate

In China there are two types of birth certificates. When a baby is born, the family is issued a medical certificate of birth or the verification record. This is a form that is filled out soon after the child's birth at the hospital and generally only used for domestic household registration purposes. In addition, if the family needs a more formal document of birth, they can apply for a notarial certificate of birth. This is a government certified document issued by the local Notarial Office and is generally the only birth certificate that will be accepted abroad.

If you're looking for a Chinese birth certificate, here's how to go about finding it.

Find the Birthplace

Determine where the applicant was born. You will need to be as specific as possible. If the applicant was born in a large town or city, you'll need to find out which district they were born in. Alternatively, if the applicant was born in the countryside, you'll need to determine which county the person was born in. Generally, you'll be able to get this information from the applicant's ID card or household residence card.

Locate the Relevant Notorial Office

Find the appropriate Notarial Office covering the area where the person was born. For example, if the person was born in the Zhongshan District of Dalian, the appropriate Notarial Office would be the Dalian City, Zhongshan District Notarial Office. If the person was born in Fuzhoucheng village in Pulandian County, the appropriate Notarial Office would be at the Pulandian County Notarial Office.

Start the Application Process

Apply for the birth certificate at the appropriate Notarial Office. You will be asked to fill out an application form, as well as provide the applicant's ID card, household registration card, birth verification documentation and parents' ID cards. You'll will also be required to pay a processing fee. Processing fees vary among Notarial Offices. Due to the fact that a Notarial Office has to verify the information provided by the applicant, at present there is no ability to complete the process online. All applications for birth certificates must be made in person by the applicant or a representative of the applicant.

Be Patient

Wait. After reviewing the documents the Notarial Office will issue a signed and stamped birth certificate. The time needed to process a birth certificate varies from city to city and county to county. Generally speaking, the smaller the city or county, the more time will be needed for processing.