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 quickly.

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

Check the real-name verification information of the domain name

Domain names that have not passed real-name verification 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 consistent with the ICP filing information. If your domain name is registered through Alibaba Cloud, you can follow these steps to view the real-name verification information.

Note The Alibaba Cloud International site (alibabacloud.com) only provides registration services for international domain names. Domain names registered through International site (alibabacloud.com) must meet the following requirements:
  • Domain names must be transferred to the registrars in mainland China if they are registered through international domain name registrars such as Alibaba Cloud International site (alibabacloud.com) from January 1, 2018. You must complete the real-name verification for domain names before applying for ICP filing. For more information about how to transfer domain names to the domain name service of Alibaba Cloud China site (aliyun.com), see Transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud.
  • Domain names are not required to be transferred if they are registered through international domain name registrars such as Alibaba Cloud International site (alibabacloud.com) before January 1, 2018.
  1. View the real-name verification information.
    1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console.
    2. Find the target domain name on the Domain Name List page, click Manage in the Action column.
      Note If you cannot find the target domain name in the domain name list, it may be under another Alibaba Cloud account. For more information about how to retrieve an Alibaba Cloud account, see Retrieve the account that holds a domain name.
    3. View the real-name verification information on the Basic Information page.
  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 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 Transfer a domain to a new holder.

    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 verification documents to apply for an ICP filing. However, this is only supported in some specific regions. For more information about the regulations of different provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities, see ICP filing regulations of MIIT in different regions. For more information about the required materials, download the Domain name holder verification template.

  3. Optional. Perform real-name verification.
    If you have not completed real-name verification for your domain name, complete it before you apply for an ICP filing. For more information, see Real-name verification for domains.
    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 registration three days after the real-name verification of the domain name 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 registration 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 hosted outside mainland China do not require an ICP filing. Before you apply for an ICP filing, follow these 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.
    2. Click Approved Domain Name Authorities in the left-side navigation pane.
    3. View the approved top-level domains listed in the Business Scope column, and check whether the top-level domain of your website 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 the domain name is a second-level domain name.
    Websites whose domain names are directed to servers deployed in mainland China must obtain ICP filings. After the top-level domain of your domain name obtains an ICP filing, the second-level domains and sub-domains become accessible. You do not need to apply for ICP filings for these domain names.
    • If the ICP filing of your top-level domain is not obtained through Alibaba Cloud, 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.
    • Based on MIIT regulations, if the top-level domain does not have an ICP filing, the website cannot provide services. After the top-level domain of your domain name obtains an ICP filing, the second-level domains and sub-domains become accessible.

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. Follow these steps to check whether your registrar has been approved by MIIT, and how to transfer your domain name to Alibaba Cloud if needed.

  1. View the domain name registrar information.
    Visit the WHOIS page, enter the keywords and click Search. You can view the domain name registrar information.
  2. Check whether the registrar has been approved by MIIT.
    1. Visit the MIIT website.
    2. Click Approved Domain Name Registrars in the left-side navigation pane.
    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 has been approved by MIIT. Follow these steps to transfer domain names to 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 a domain name to Alibaba Cloud.