Thanks Typhun and thebayou for your replies. I have more information on this for anyone who might need it. After first visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs I was sent to the Bureau of Consular Affairs. The girl at the visa desk did on inspire confidence in her ability to correctly answer my questions. There was a lot of consulting around with other desk attendants and she said I needed to write a letter that gives power of attorney to the person who is delivering the ccr, get that stamped by a notary public here in Taipei and then return to BOCA and have it authenticated. She then handed me a 2 page list of notary publics entirely in Chinese save for the telephone numbers. Big help.
Last night I called the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and asked what is needed. The helpful woman on the phone said I had to go to the AIT and have a copy of my passport certified, then take that to BOCA for authentification and send these both to her. I also must include a letter stating who will deliver the ccr with contact information so they can call them when the documents arrive. She told me I need not have the letter notarized or authentificated (or whatever the verb is) but she stressed that the original letter with the ccr should be brought to the office unopened. She also recommended DHL or some other courier if was in a hurry, which I am.
Today I headed over to AIT, gave them my passport and a copy and told them I needed it certified. The woman at the counter said they would make their own copy and handed me a price list with the item checked that I needed to pay for. It said $30. I was relieved as I though it would be more like NT$200-400. However, at the cashier’s window I was informed that this was US$30 for them to take 10 minutes to apply their stamp to this piece of paper. My jaw dropped and I asked if she was serious. She said I was welcome to take the matter up at the next window (ha, ha).
On to BOCA to have it authenticated. Fill out the forms, make copies, bring it back to the window. The woman then gave me a payment slip and said go to counter 1 and bring the receipt back here. Another $400 payout and I came back to the window and she was gone. The people on the other line pointed out that I had to wait two working days until I could pick it up. Again, my draw drops. Two days to apply a friggin’ stamp to a little piece of paper. The woman returned and said if I was in hurry I could pay another $200 as a expedite fee. I told her I wish I had known that in the first place.
Bureaucracies absolutely fray my nerves raw. Thankfully it’s after 5:00 and the cocktail hour can begin to sooth them. Hopefully all the information I got was correct and there is no small hitch that someone forgot to inform me of. And to think this is just the beginning of the APRC process.
Thanks again and cheers!