The procedure for issuing these certificates varies greatly depending on whether the
individual lives in an urban or rural area and, thus, so does the time required to
In rural areas, applications must be made for permission to apply for a certificate
and for an application for the certificate. The application is reviewed by a series
of officials who sign and forward it only if they agree the information is correct.
Each has the authority to do additional checking or reject the application. However,
in actual practice, this varies from office to office.
The Notarial Officer will, if the information warrants, issue a Notarial Certificate.
Some notarial offices routinely issue bilingual (Chinese and English) certificates
when they are to be given to the U.S. Government.