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General Knowledge of Notarization and Accreditation
(I) What is notarization? Notarization refers to that the national authorities certify lawful action, lawful documents and facts to be true, legal in order to protect the public property and the individual rights and rightful benefits in terms of identity and property in lieu of the law. Notarization is a non-lawsuit activity.

(II) What is accreditation? Accreditation is also referred to as consular authentication, which means that the diplomatic or consular authority of one country certifies the authentication of the final signature and seal on the notarized documents issued by the notarization or accreditation organizations. The purpose of consular accreditation is to enable the documents notarized by one country to be accepted by another country and to avoid the influence on the lawful validity of the documents outside the country due to the doubt about the authentication of the signature and seal on the documents. Consular accreditation usually only confirm the notary, notary office, the officials of accreditation and the authentication of the signature and seal on the documents regardless of its content.

(III) How to apply for notarization and accreditation in China.
The Chinese citizens who need to work or study in Thailand should get the notarization and accreditation of various documents (such as birth certification, absent criminal record, marriage, education, academic degree, professional title, work experience and kin relationships) ready in China in order to live a better life and work more efficiently in Thailand.

If the notary certificate is issued by the notary offices in Guangdong, Hainan, Fujian and Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous region, the accreditation should be done by the corresponding foreign affairs offices of the people's governments in various provinces.  Then, the applicants must send the documents to the Consulate-general of Thailand in Guangzhou for accreditation.


If notarization is issued by the notary offices in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui, the accreditation of the document should be done by the corresponding foreign affairs offices of the people's governments in various cities and provinces. Then, send them to the Consulate-general of Thailand in Shanghai for accreditation.

If notarization is issued by the notary offices in Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan and Hunan the accreditation of the document should be done by the corresponding foreign affairs offices of the people's governments in various provinces. Then, send them to the Consulate-general of Thailand in Kunming for accreditation.

If notarization is issued not by the notary offices in the provinces, districts and cities mentioned above, the accreditation of the document should be done by the consular section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. Then, send them to the Embassy of Thailand in Beijing for accreditation.

There are time limits for some kinds of documents required by Thailand. If the notarization of documents is over due, the applicants must apply for the notarization again. For example, the validity of notarization of marriage is half a year (starting the date of notarization); the validity of notarization of absent criminal record is three months (starting from date of issue).

Those who hold the notarization without accreditation when in China and cannot go back to China or cannot ask the relatives or friends in China to apply for accreditation proceedings can contact the China Travel Agency in Thailand authorized by the Embassy of China. The agency can do the accreditation proceedings in China on the applicants' behalf. The address of China Travel Agency reads as follows: No. 559, Road, Bangkok (opposite to Tianhua Hospital). Tel: 02-2260041; Fax: 02-2264712-3.

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