How to Verify A Chinese Company’s Business License

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When you want to do business with a Chinese company, the first crucial thing is to check if the business license is real since the business license is used to ensure that whether the company is meeting the regulation or whether it is admitted to China.

Ways to verify a Chinese business license by yourself:

1. Local Industrial and commercial bureau.

You can go to the local Industrial and commercial bureau, the staff there will help you to verify it. However, if it is inconvenient for you to come to China in person, there are also some methods that you could check online.

2. QR code.

Scanning the QR code on the license can also be an efficient way, but this method is only valid for the business licenses of the new version.

QR code

Step 1: Scanning the QR code.

You could see a page with the company’s unified social credit code in the search box, and click the button on the right. (As is shown in the picture)

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Step 2: Click the name.

You need to click the company’s name that you want to search for.

click this line

The basic business registration information will be shown on the next page. You can copy all the information on this page and use Google Translate to help you read the information on this page.

read information

Step 3: Cross-check the information

After receiving the information, you ought to check the following items.

(1) Enterprise name

You need to confirm whether the enterprise’s name and enterprise nature is consistent.

cross check

(2) Registration number

The registration number on an older version of a Chinese business license is a 15-digit number. Registration number (or Unified Social Credit Code) on a new version of a Chinese business license is an 18-digit number.

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registration number 2

(3) Enterprise address

The address of an enterprise is the business site where the enterprise is registered. If you find out that the address is not consistent, you need to confirm with the company to figure out whether the company forgets to report it to the authorities.

3. Verify on the National Enterprise Credit Publicity System.

If you find out that it is a business license of an older version, you have to go to the website to check it.

Step 1: Visit the website.

Go to http://www.gsxt.gov.cn/index.html and search for the company’s record using its registered name in Chinese or Unified Social Credit Code. Unified Social Credit Code is on the top right corner of the business license. (As is shown in the picture)

social credit code company

 

enter the name

 

Step 2: Click the name.

You need to click the company’s name that you want to search for.

click the company name

Step 3: Cross-check the information.

The basic business registration information will be shown on the next page. You can copy all the information on this page, and use Google Translate to help you.

cross check the info

After receiving the information, you ought to cross-check the enterprise name, registration number, and Enterprise address.

Conclusion

In China, every company needs a business license to prove that it is legal. So if you want to do business with a Chinese company, verifying its business license can be the first step.

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