IMPORTANT PERSONAL AND ADOPTION DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
The Houston Chinese Consulate no longer accepts documents mailed in (or shipped via FedEx or UPS) for authentication. ALL documents must now either be submitted in person or by authorized courier. Any documents shipped directly to the Consulate will be returned to the sender unopened.
Do NOT Remove Staples WHEN MAKING COPIES!!!
The Houston Consulate requires that all documents be submitted intact. This includes the original document with the notary statement, the county certification (if required in the document's originating state), and the state certification.
Document Aging Policy
The Houston Consulate enforces an aging policy for all documents. Any document older than six months (calculated at 180 days from the date that the original document was signed - not the notary date) will be returned without authentication.
The only exception to this policy are birth certificates which can be older; provided that the state has certified the document within the past six months.
May 2016 Update: Lately the Consulate officials have been rejecting some documents if they were submitted within a week or two of their expiration date. If the Consulate rejects a document, it will have to be redone - including new notarization and state certification. The best way to avoid this problem is to submit the documents about 30 days before they expire.
No White Out!
The Houston Consulate will no longer accept applications or authentication documents where White Out liquid or tape was used to make corrections. The proper way to make a correction is to draw a line through whatever needs to be changed, hand write the correct information using blue ink, and then initial each place where a correction was made.