Before you apply for an Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing, prepare and check the domain name of your website to make sure that the domain name meets the requirements. This helps you pass the verification of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and quickly obtain an ICP filing.

Note If your domain name is not registered through Alibaba Cloud but your website is hosted on an Alibaba Cloud instance that is deployed in Mainland China, you can apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. To apply for an ICP filing for a domain name, make sure that the domain name meets the following requirements.
Check the following items and make sure that your domain name meets the ICP filing requirements:

Real-name verification information of the domain name

Domain names for which real-name verification has not been completed cannot obtain an ICP filing. Make sure that you have completed real-name verification for your domain name and the real-name verification information is the same as the ICP filing information. If your domain name is registered through Alibaba Cloud, you can perform the following steps to view the real-name verification information.

  1. View the real-name verification information.
    1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console.
    2. On the Domain Names page, find the target domain name and click Manage in the Actions column.
      Note If you cannot find the target domain name after logging on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console, the domain name may be under another Alibaba Cloud account. For more information about how to find the account that holds the domain name, see Find the account that holds a domain name (available in Chinese only).
    3. On the Basic Information page that appears, view the real-name verification information.
  2. Optional. Transfer the domain name.
    The information about the domain holder and the ICP filing entity must be consistent, including the name, certificate type, and certificate number. If the domain holder information is inconsistent with the entity information, you can transfer the domain name to the entity to keep the information consistent. For more information, see Domain name management overview.

    If the entity is an organization, and the domain holder and the entity information, such as the name, certificate type, or certificate number, are inconsistent, you can upload verification documents to the ICP filing system to apply for an ICP filing. This method is supported in specific regions. For more information about the regulations of different provinces, cities, and municipalities, see ICP filing regulations of MIIT in different regions. For more information about certification document requirements, see Requirements for domain holder verification documents (available in Chinese only).

  3. Optional. Complete real-name verification.
    If you have not completed real-name verification for your domain name, complete the process before you apply for an ICP filing. For more information, see Real-name verification for domains (available in Chinese only).
    Note After you complete real-name verification, it takes about three days to synchronize the real-name verification information to the MIIT database. We recommend that you wait for three days and then apply for an ICP filing after real-name verification is completed. Otherwise, you may fail to obtain an ICP filing due to the lack of real-name verification information in the MIIT database.
  4. Optional. Renew the domain name.
    • ICP filings in Shanghai: Renew the domain name at least 180 days before it expires.
    • ICP filings outside Shanghai: Renew the domain name at least 90 days before it expires.
    If the remaining validity period of your domain name is less than the required period, renew the domain name before you apply for an ICP filing. Otherwise, your application may fail. For more information, see Renew a domain name.

Check whether your domain name is qualified for an ICP filing

Top-level domain names that are not approved by MIIT cannot obtain an ICP filing. Country code domain names and domain names that are not hosted in Mainland China do not require an ICP filing. Before you apply for an ICP filing, you can perform the following steps to check whether your domain name is qualified for an ICP filing.

  1. Check whether the domain name has been approved by MIIT.
    1. Visit the MIIT website (available in Chinese only).
    2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Approved Domain Name Authorities.
    3. Approved top-level domains are listed in the Business Scope column. You can check whether the top-level domain of your domain name is included.
      If the top-level domain of your domain name is not listed in the Business Scope column, your domain name cannot obtain an ICP filing.
  2. Check whether your domain name is a second-level domain name.
    Websites whose domain names are directed to servers located in Mainland China must have an ICP filing. After the top-level domain of your domain name obtains an ICP filing, the second-level domains and sub-domains using this top-level domain become accessible. You do not need to apply for an ICP filing for these domain names.
    • If the ICP filing of your top-level domain is not obtained through Alibaba Cloud, you must add Alibaba Cloud to the service provider list in the ICP filing information. You can add multiple service providers to the ICP filing information for a top-level domain.
    • According to MIIT regulations, websites using a top-level domain that does not have an ICP filing cannot provide services. Only after the top-level domain obtains an ICP filing, the second-level domains and sub-domains using the top-level domain are allowed to provide services.

Check whether your domain name registrar has been approved by MIIT

If your domain name registrar has not been approved by MIIT, you must transfer the domain name to an approved registrar before you apply for an ICP filing. You can perform the following steps to check whether your registrar has been approved by MIIT, and transfer your domain name to Alibaba Cloud if needed.

  1. View the domain name registrar information.
    On the WHOIS page, enter the domain name you want to search for in the input box and click Search. This allows you to view the information about the domain name registrar.
  2. Check whether the registrar has been approved by MIIT.
    1. Visit the MIIT website (available in Chinese only).
    2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Approved Domain Name Registrars.
    3. Domain name registrars that have been approved by MIIT are listed in the Company Name column. You can check whether your registrar is included.
      If your domain name registrar is not listed in this column, you must transfer your domain name to a registrar that has been approved by MIIT, for example, Alibaba Cloud.
  3. Optional. Transfer the domain name to a registrar that has been approved by MIIT.
    For more information about how to transfer domain names to Alibaba Cloud, see Transfer your domain names to Alibaba Cloud.