This topic describes the terms related to ICP Filing.

Term Description
ICP filing The People's Republic of China mandates an Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing system for non-commercial Internet information services and an ICP licensing system for commercial Internet information services. Websites that have not obtained an official ICP filing or license are prohibited from providing Internet information services. Therefore, all websites that provide services to Mainland China must first obtain an ICP filing.
ICP number After you successfully apply for an ICP filing, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) assigns an entity ICP number to the entity that applied for the ICP filing and a website ICP number to the website.
Password of an ICP filing After an ICP filing is obtained, the MIIT issues an exclusive password to each ICP filing. You need to enter this password when submitting requests to add service providers or cancel the ICP filing application. Make sure that you keep the password confidential.
Service identification number

To apply for a service identification number, you must purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance, a product from Alibaba Cloud Marketplace for website building, or an IoT bandwidth package first. For more information about the requirements, see Purchase and prepare an instance.

Service provider A service provider provides website hosting services and helps you apply for an ICP filing.
Entity An entity refers to the individual or organization that applies for an ICP filing.
Initial ICP filing If you have never obtained an ICP filing for the entity or domain name of your website, you must complete initial ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system before providing web services.
Add Alibaba Cloud to the ICP filing information as a service provider You have obtained an ICP filing for your website from another service provider and need to host your website on Alibaba Cloud. In this case, you need to add Alibaba Cloud to the ICP filing information as a service provider.
ICP filing application for new websites
New websites are classified into the following categories:
  • The entity has obtained an ICP filing through another service provider and has purchased an Alibaba Cloud instance and needs to apply for an ICP filing for a new domain name. In this case, the entity needs to obtain a new ICP filing through Alibaba Cloud.
  • The entity has obtained an ICP filing through Alibaba Cloud and needs to host a new website on Alibaba Cloud. In this case, the entity needs to apply for an ICP filing for the new website in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.
Modify ICP filing information You have obtained an ICP filing through Alibaba Cloud and the ICP filing entity or website information changes. In this case, you must modify the entity information or website information in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system to keep your information updated.
Claim ICP filing information You have obtained an ICP filing by using the HiChina ICP Filing system before June 1, 2010, and you have not added any other service providers to the ICP filing information or imported the ICP filing information to your Alibaba Cloud account. In this case, you need to claim the ICP filing information.
Remove Alibaba Cloud from the service provider list Dissociate the ICP filing information of the website from the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. Alibaba Cloud is no longer your service provider after you remove it from the service provider list. Your domain name cannot be resolved to any Alibaba Cloud instances in Mainland China and becomes inaccessible. However, the ICP filing still exists.
Cancel an ICP filing If you no longer need to use an entity or a website that has an ICP filing, you need to cancel the ICP filing.