Step by step:
01Have your document notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original certified copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/ State/local Office.
第一步，公证员公证：文书应当首先由当地公证员（Notary Public）办理公证或由有权机关（如出生、死亡、婚姻登记处、法院、联邦政府部门）出具“核证副本”（Certified Copy）或证书。
02The document needs further to be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first. For Federally issued certifications, skip this step, go directly to Step 3.
第二步，州务卿认证：再由所在州州务卿（Secretary of State）办公室办理认证。但个别州要求在州务卿之前，先向County Clerk申请认证。经州务卿认证的文书，如送有关总领馆认证，则无需事先送美国国务院认证。
03If one of the Chinese Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction (click here to check our service area map) over your state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization; if not, please get your document authenticated by the U. S. State Department before the Chinese Embassy can finally legalize it. Your legalization application may not be approved by the Embassy or Consulate General that does not hold consular jurisdiction over the state where your document is executed.
Please note / 请注意
Please make sure you have followed the all the steps required for authentication before submitting your document to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General for final legalization.
Your document must be authentic, intact and legitimate. The Embassy/Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document that contains illegal contents under Chinese laws or may cause potential threats to China's national or public interests.
A document containing two or more pages must be bound properly and securely, with sealing wax or paging seal/embossed seal to ensure the integrity of the document. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it is found illegitimate, or in any way forged, counterfeited, fraudulent or altered.
Step by step: 01Have your document notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original certified copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/ State/local Office. 第一步，公证员公证：文书应当首先由当地公证员（