If your website is hosted on a server located in Mainland China, you must apply for an Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing based on the ICP filing regulations of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in the province, autonomous region, or municipality where you intend to submit the application. If you host your website on an Alibaba Cloud instance that is deployed in Mainland China, you can apply for an ICP filing by using the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. Your website is allowed to provide services only after an ICP filing is obtained. This topic describes how to apply for an ICP filing by using the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

ICP filing instructions

You can apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system by using a PC or the Alibaba Cloud mobile application. Preparations

  • The Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system and the Alibaba Cloud mobile application only support the Chinese language. They do not support the English language. Make sure that you can read, write, and understand Chinese when you apply for an ICP filing.
  • You can use your Alibaba Cloud account that is registered on the Alibaba Cloud site to log on to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system and apply for an ICP filing. However, you must use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to upload documents. After you download and install the Alibaba Cloud mobile application, use it to scan the QR code on the upload documents page. You do not need to log on to the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to perform this step. We recommend that you register an Alibaba Cloud account on the Alibaba Cloud China site to apply for ICP filings and manage ICP information.
  • If the entity or website representative of the ICP filing is not a Mainland China resident, the website representative must pass facial recognition to verify the identity. Facial recognition is not required for the entity.
  • The Alibaba Cloud mobile application allows you to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time, or websites whose ICP filing is not registered through Alibaba Cloud. You must use an Alibaba Cloud account that is registered on the Alibaba Cloud site to log on to the mobile application to perform operations. You cannot use an Alibaba Cloud account that is registered on the Alibaba Cloud International site. We recommend that you register an Alibaba Cloud account on the Alibaba Cloud site to perform operations in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

Procedure

You can submit an ICP filing application in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system from a PC or the Alibaba Cloud mobile application.
Note
  • The Alibaba Cloud mobile application intelligently recognizes certificates and human faces. This improves the efficiency to apply for an ICP filing. We recommend that you use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to apply for an ICP filing.
  • Currently, the Alibaba Cloud mobile application allows you to apply for an ICP filing for you website for the first time and change the Internet Service Provider (ISP) in your registered ICP filing information to Alibaba Cloud.
  • According to MIIT's requirements on the authenticity of ICP filing applications, you must use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to upload certificate documents and complete authenticity verification when you apply for an ICP filing from a PC.
The procedures for applying for an ICP filing from a PC and the Alibaba Cloud mobile application are similar. The following example uses a PC. The differences between the procedures using a PC and the Alibaba Cloud mobile application are described in each step.

  1. Preparations
    • Register an Alibaba Cloud account. Before you apply for an ICP filing, you must register an Alibaba Cloud account for submitting the ICP filing application and managing the ICP filing information. For more information, see Register an Alibaba Cloud account.
    • Prepare a domain name. You must register a domain name and complete real-name verification before you apply for an ICP filing. For more information, see Prepare and check the website domain name.
    • Prepare an instance.

      Purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance that is deployed in Mainland China or obtain the service identification number of an Alibaba Cloud instance. Then, verify that the instance meets the requirements for applying for an ICP filing. For more information, see Prepare and check the instance.

    • Optional. Complete the pre-approval process.

      You must obtain a pre-approval from the specified authority if your website provides the following information or services: news, publishing, medical devices, culture, broadcasting, films, TV programs, education, medicine, healthcare, car-booking services, and electronic bulletin board services. For more information, see Pre-approval.

    • Learn the ICP regulations of MIIT. You must read and understand the MIIT ICP regulations and prepare the ICP filing information as required (available in Chinese only).
  2. Procedure
    As described in What is an ICP filing, MIIT verifies the following information when you apply for an ICP filing: instance, service provider, website, and entity information. You must submit the required information or documents in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.
    1. Enter the information required for verifying the ICP filing type.
      In the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, enter the required information, including the organization and website information by following the instructions. The system automatically determines the ICP filing type.
      Note If you use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time, or change the ISP in the registered ICP information to Alibaba Cloud, you also need to upload the certificate of the entity in this step. If the entity is an individual, you also need to complete authenticity verification.
    2. Verify the Alibaba Cloud instance.
      Verify the instance that hosts the website.
    3. Enter the entity and website information.
      Enter the website information and authentic information about the entity. The entity can be an organization or an individual.
      Note If you use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time, or change the ISP in the registered ICP information to Alibaba Cloud, you also need to upload the certificate documents of the representative of the organization or website and verify the authenticity of the representative information in this step.
    4. Upload certificate documents and complete authenticity verification.
      Upload photos or colored scanned copies of the documents.
      Note
      • If you use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time, or change the ISP in the registered ICP information to Alibaba Cloud, you only need to upload documents in this step. You do not need to complete authenticity verification.
      • Beginning July 29, 2019, liveness detection is required when you use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to apply for an ICP filing according to MIIT's requirements on the authenticity of ICP filing applications. The original verification method of taking a photo in front of a backdrop is no longer used.
    5. Verify the information.
      Before you submit the ICP filing application, verify the ICP filing information carefully, including the entity, website, and service provider information. Make sure that the information is correct and then submit the application.
      Note If you use a PC to apply for an ICP filing, upload the required certification documents and complete authenticity verification in the Alibaba Cloud mobile application. You can verify the information in the Alibaba Cloud mobile application after this step. If you cannot use your Alibaba Cloud account to log on to the Alibaba Cloud mobile application, verify the information on your PC.
    6. Alibaba Cloud reviews your ICP filing application.
      After you submit the ICP filing application, Alibaba Cloud reviews your ICP filing application.
    7. Optional. Mail the documents.
      After you enter the ICP filing information and upload the certificate documents, Alibaba Cloud reviews you application. During this process, you may be required to mail your certificate documents to a specified address based on the submitted documents and requirements of the local authority.
    8. Optional. Complete SMS verification.
      Currently, the following provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities require SMS verification: Tianjin, Gansu, Tibet, Ningxia, Hainan, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Fujian, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Guangxi, Yunnan, Shandong, Henan, Anhui, Hunan, Shanxi, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, and Hubei. Your application can be submitted to MIIT for verification only after you complete SMS verification.
    9. MIIT reviews your ICP filing application.
      After reviewing your ICP filing application, Alibaba Cloud submits your ICP filing application to MIIT for final review. Your ICP filing is successfully registered after you pass the final review. The review result is sent to you through SMS and emails.
  3. What's next
    • Optional. Apply for an ICP license.

      If your website generates income, for example, providing commercial services to customers with information and webpage designs, you must obtain an ICP license after you apply for an ICP filing. You need to apply to the local administration for an ICP license. Alibaba Cloud provides services that help you apply for an ICP license.

    • Apply for a Public Security Bureau (PSB) filing.

      As required by Measures for Security Protection Administration of the International Networking of Computer Information Networks, you must log on to www.beian.gov.cn and register a PSB filing within 30 days after you obtain an ICP filing (available in Chinese only). For more information about the procedure, see PSB Filing FAQ.

ICP filing types

The type of an ICP filing varies depending on whether it is the first time that the entity or domain name has applied for an ICP filing. Different ICP filing types require different information.
  • Initial ICP filing: It is the first time that the entity and domain name have applied for an ICP filing.
  • ISP changes: The entity and domain name have already obtained an ICP filing, and the entity needs to change the ISP or add an ISP.
  • New websites (ICP filings registered through other ISPs): The entity has already registered an ICP filing through another ISP, and now the entity needs to host new websites on Alibaba Cloud instances. In this circumstance, the entity must apply for a new ICP filing for the new websites and domains through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.
  • New websites (ICP filings registered through Alibaba Cloud): The entity has already applied for an ICP filing through Alibaba Cloud, and now the entity needs to host new websites on Alibaba Cloud instances. In this circumstance, the entity must apply for a new ICP filing for the websites and domains through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.
Note The Alibaba Cloud mobile application only allows you to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time, and for new websites whose ICP filings are not registered through Alibaba Cloud.