According to the regulations for Internet information services and non-commercial Internet information services, the People's Republic of China mandates a filing system for non-commercial Internet information services and a licensing system for commercial Internet information services. Websites that have not obtained an official ICP filing or license are prohibited from operating Internet information services. Therefore, all websites that provide services to Mainland China must obtain an official ICP filing. You can apply for an ICP filing, modify ICP registration information, cancel an ICP filing, and claim an ICP filing through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

Overview of the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system

To build a website that can provide services properly, you need to specify the instance that helps you build the website, service provider, website information, and entity information to apply for an ICP filing. You must submit the information required for verification to ensure the authenticity and security of the services provided by your website, as shown in the following figure:

You can access the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system from a PC or the Alibaba Cloud mobile application. The Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system allows you to apply for an ICP filing, modify ICP registration information, cancel an ICP filing, and claim an ICP filing.
  • Apply for an ICP filing

    If you need to register an ICP filing for a website, you can purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance that is located in Mainland China and log on to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system from a PC or the Alibaba Cloud mobile application. You can then apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

    For more information about the procedure, see Quick start. For more information about applying for an ICP filing through a PC, see the ICP Filing Procedure (PC)chapter in the ICP Filing documentation. For more information about applying for an ICP filing through the Alibaba Cloud mobile application, see ICP Filing documentationICP Filing Procedure (Mobile Application).

  • Modify registration information and cancel an ICP filing
    • Modify registration information

      Modify registration information: if you need to modify the registration information, such as the entity and website information after you have obtained an ICP filing, you can submit a request in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

    • Cancel an ICP filing and delete a service provider
      • Cancel an ICP filing application: If you no longer need to use the website that has obtained an ICP filing through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, you must cancel the ICP filing by deleting the website or entity information.
      • Remove a service provider: By removing a service provider from the registration information, you can disassociate the registration information from the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. We recommend that you add the new service provider to the registration information before you remove the current service provider.
        Note If you remove the current service provider before you add the new service provider, the ICP filing of your website may become invalid. Therefore, you must add the new service provider as soon as possible.
  • Other services:
    • Claim an ICP filing: If you have obtained an ICP filing before June 2010 through HiChina, and you have not added any other service providers to the registration information or imported the registration information to your Alibaba Cloud account, you must claim the ICP filing.
    • If you have submitted the ICP filing application between June 1, 2010 and January 31, 2017, you need to import the registration information to your Alibaba Cloud account. You do not need to claim the ICP filing. After you import the registration information, you can continue to apply for the ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

Notes

Pay attention to the following restrictions, requirements, and regulations when you apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system:
  • Restrictions

    Pay attention to the restrictions when you apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. For example, you can only apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system for a domain name. You cannot apply for an ICP filing for an IP address.

    For more information about the restrictions, see Restrictions.

  • Requirements for domain names and instances

    Before you apply for an ICP filing, you must verify that your website domain and the instance that hosts your website meet the ICP filing requirements. For more information about the requirements, see Prepare and check the website domain and Prepare and check the instance or server.

  • Regulations

    Administrations of different provinces have regulations on the content and format of ICP registration information, modification of registration information, and changes of the service provider. We recommend that you read and understand the ICP Filing documentationICP regulations before you apply for an ICP filing. You can learn about the ICP regulations of the specified province and prepare the registration information as required.