This topic describes the terms used in ICP filing.

Term Description
ICP filing 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 ICP number or license are prohibited from providing Internet information services. Therefore, all websites that provide services to mainland China must first obtain an ICP number.
ICP number After you successfully apply for 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 number The MIIT issues an exclusive password for each ICP number. 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 or Alibaba Cloud Marketplace website building product. For more information about the requirements for the instance or product, see Purchase and check the instance for ICP filing applications.

Service provider The service provider that provides website hosting services and helps you register an ICP number.
Entity The individual or organization that applies for ICP filing.
Initial ICP Filing If you have never obtained an ICP number for the entity or domain name of your website, you must complete initial ICP filing in Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System before providing web services.
Add service providers to the ICP filing information You have obtained an ICP number 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 for new websites
An ICP filing type that is applicable in the following scenarios:
  • The entity has obtained an ICP number through another service provider and needs to host a new website on Alibaba Cloud. In this case, the entity needs to apply for ICP filing for the new website in Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.
  • The entity has obtained an ICP number through Alibaba Cloud and needs to host a new website on Alibaba Cloud. In this case, the entity needs to apply for ICP filing for the new website in Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.
Modify ICP filing information You have obtained an ICP number 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 Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System to keep your information updated.
Claim ICP filing information You have obtained an ICP number by using 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 By removing Alibaba Cloud from the service provider list in the ICP filing information, you disassociate the ICP filing information from Alibaba Cloud. Alibaba Cloud is no longer your service provider after you remove it from the ICP filing information. Your domain name cannot be resolved to any Alibaba Cloud instances in mainland China and becomes inaccessible. However, your ICP number issued by the MIIT remains.
Cancel ICP filing If you no longer need to use an entity or a website that has an ICP number, you need to cancel the ICP filing.