This topic provides you with the considerations and suggestions for registering an Alibaba Cloud account before you apply for an Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing. The Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system allows you to apply for an ICP filing, modify ICP filing information, cancel an ICP filing, and claim an ICP filing. To use the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system to apply for an ICP filing, you must first register an Alibaba Cloud account based on the entity information and actual needs. You can log on to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system with your Alibaba Cloud account to manage the ICP filing information.

Considerations for Alibaba Cloud account registration

  • Each Alibaba Cloud account can be used to apply for ICP filings for one entity (organization or individual) only. However, each entity can apply for ICP filings for multiple websites.

    If you need to apply for ICP filings for multiple entities, you must register multiple Alibaba Cloud accounts. We recommend that you register an Alibaba Cloud account for each entity, and use the corresponding account to apply for and manage ICP filings for all websites of the entity.

  • The Alibaba Cloud account used to apply for and manage an ICP filing can be different from the one used to purchase Alibaba Cloud instances.

    If your Alibaba Cloud instances and ICP filing information are managed by different administrators, we recommend that you use separate Alibaba Cloud accounts to manage the instances and ICP filing information.

    If the account that you use to apply for an ICP filing is different from the account to which the instance for hosting the corresponding website belongs, log on to the Alibaba Cloud Management Console by using the credentials of the account to which the instance belongs and obtain a service identification number. For more information, see Apply for service identification numbers. During an ICP filing application, you need to enter the service identification number to complete the verification of the instance.

Suggestions for planning accounts

We recommend that you register sufficient accounts at the Alibaba Cloud China site (aliyun.com) before you apply for ICP filings. You can use these accounts to apply for ICP filings both from a PC and from the Alibaba Cloud app, which is convenient for the management of your ICP filing information.
  • If you use accounts registered at the Alibaba Cloud China site (aliyun.com), you can apply for ICP filings both from a PC and from the Alibaba Cloud app. If you apply for an ICP filing from a PC, when you upload the ICP filing materials, you must download the Alibaba Cloud app, and use the Alibaba Cloud app to scan the QR code on the uploading page and to upload the materials. You do not need to log on to the Alibaba Cloud app.
  • If you use accounts registered at the Alibaba Cloud international site (alibabacloud.com), you can only apply for ICP filings from a PC. In this case, when you upload the ICP filing materials, you must download the Alibaba Cloud app, and use the Alibaba Cloud app to scan the QR code on the uploading page and to upload the materials. You do not need to log on to the Alibaba Cloud app.
    Note The Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system is only available in Chinese.
  • For Taobao shops or enterprise websites, you can apply for ICP filings and manage ICP filing information from a PC with your accounts registered at the Alibaba Cloud China site (aliyun.com) or international site (alibabacloud.com). For more information, see Apply for an ICP filing for a Taobao shop or an enterprise website in ICP filing documentation.

Register an account

Register one or more Alibaba Cloud accounts based on your actual needs. For more information, see Create an Alibaba Cloud account.

During the application process of an ICP filing and after the ICP filing is obtained, Alibaba Cloud will notify specified users by using multiple channels about the progress, status change result, and review result for specific items. After you have registered an Alibaba Cloud account, we recommend that you determine the contacts and receiving channels of notifications and finish the settings before you start to apply for an ICP filing. This ensures that the ICP filing application progress will not be affected by delayed receipt of notifications. For more information, see Notification settings about ICP filing application.