This topic describes how to check the domain name of your website. 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 obtain an ICP filing.

Note If your domain name is not registered by using Alibaba Cloud Domains but your website is hosted on an Alibaba Cloud instance 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 all the following requirements.
Check the following items in sequence and make sure that your domain name meets the ICP filing requirements:

Check the real-name verification information of the domain name

You cannot apply for an ICP filing for domain names that have not passed real-name verification. Make sure that you have completed real-name verification for your domain name and the real-name verification information is consistent with the ICP filing information. If your domain name registrar is Alibaba Cloud, perform the following steps to view the real-name verification information of your domain name:

Note The Alibaba Cloud international website (alibabacloud.com) provides registration services only for internationalized domain names. Domain names registered with this website (alibabacloud.com) must meet the following requirements:
  • Beginning from January 1, 2018, domain names that are registered with international registrars such as the Alibaba Cloud international website (alibabacloud.com) must be transferred to registrars in mainland China and complete real-name verification before the ICP filing procedure. For more information on how to transfer the domain name to the Domains service of the Alibaba Cloud China website (aliyun.com), see Transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud.
  • Domain names that have been registered with international registrars such as the Alibaba Cloud international website (alibabacloud.com) and have ICP filing completed before January 1, 2018 are not required to be transferred.
  1. View the real-name verification information.
    1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console.
    2. On the Domain Name List page, find the target domain name and click Manage in the Action column.
      Note If you cannot find the target domain name, the domain name may belong to another account. You must obtain the account to which the target domain name belongs.
    3. On the Basic Information page, view the real-name verification information.
  2. Optional. Transfer the domain name.
    The information about the registrant and the ICP filing entity must be consistent, including the name, certificate type, and certificate number. If the registrant is not the ICP filing entity, you must transfer the domain name to the entity to keep the information consistent. For more information, see Transfer domain name ownership.

    If the entity is an organization, and the registrant and the entity information are inconsistent, such as the name, certificate type, or certificate number, you can upload supporting documents to complete the ICP filing application. However, this is only supported in specific provinces. For more information about the regulations of administrations in different provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities, see ICP filing regulations of MIIT in different regions. For more information about the required supporting documents, see Domain name registrant certificates in ICP filing documentation.

  3. Optional. Perform real-name verification.
    Before you apply for an ICP filing, make sure that you have completed real-name verification for the domain name. For more information, see Real-name verification for domain names in the Domains documentation on the Alibaba Cloud China site (aliyun.com).
    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 submit the ICP filing application three days after the real-name verification of the domain name is completed. Otherwise, the ICP filing application may fail 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 your domain name does not meet the preceding requirements, we recommend that you renew the domain name before applying for an ICP filing. For more information, see Renew domain names.

Check whether your domain name is qualified for ICP filing application

You cannot apply for ICP filings for domain names if the corresponding top-level domain names are not approved by MIIT. An ICP filing is not required for country code domain names and domain names that are hosted outside Mainland China. Before you apply for an ICP filing, perform the following steps to check whether your domain name is qualified for ICP filing application:

  1. Check whether the domain name is approved by MIIT.
    1. Visit the MIIT website.
    2. In the left-side navigation pane, click China's Internet Domain Name System.
    3. View the top-level domain names that have been approved by MIIT on the China's Internet Domain Name System page.
      You cannot apply for an ICP filing if the top-level domain name of your domain name is not included on the China's Internet Domain Name System page.
  2. Check whether the domain name is a second-level domain name.
    If your website is hosted on instances in Mainland China, you apply to MIIT for an ICP filing for the corresponding domain name. After the ICP filing for the top-level domain name is obtained, the second-level domain names and sub-domain names become accessible and no more ICP filing is required.
    • If the ICP filing for your top-level domain name is not obtained by using the Alibaba Cloud Filing system, you must add Alibaba Cloud as a service provider in the ICP filing information. You can add multiple service providers to the ICP filing information for a top-level domain name.
    • Based on MIIT regulations, your website cannot provide services until the corresponding top-level domain name obtains an ICP filing. After the top-level domain name of your domain name obtains an ICP filing, the second-level domain names and sub-domain names become accessible.

Check whether your domain name registrar is approved by MIIT

If your domain name registrar is not approved by MIIT, you must transfer the domain name to an approved registrar before you apply for an ICP filing. To view your registrar and transfer your domain name to Alibaba Cloud, perform the following steps:

  1. View the domain name registrar information.
    On the WHOIS page, enter the domain name that you want to query and click Search. The registrar information of the domain name is displayed.
  2. Check whether the registrar is approved by MIIT.
    1. Visit the MIIT website.
    2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Approved Domain Name Registrars.
    3. View the approved domain name registrars listed in the Company Name column, and check whether your domain name registrar is included.
      If your domain name registrar is not included, you must transfer your domain name to a registrar that is approved by MIIT. To transfer your domain name to Alibaba Cloud, go to the next step.
  3. Optional. Transfer the domain name to a registrar that is approved by MIIT.
    For more information about how to transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud, see Transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud.