If you host your website on an instance that is located in Mainland China, you must apply for an ICP filing according to the regulations of the local administration. If you host your website on an Alibaba Cloud instance that is located in Mainland China, you can apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System from a PC or from the Alibaba Cloud app. Your website is allowed to provide services only after your ICP filing application is approved. This topic provides an overview of how to apply for an ICP filing through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.

Precautions

You can apply for ICP filing in Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System on a PC or in the Alibaba Cloud app. Before you apply for ICP filing, note the following instructions.
  • Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System and the Alibaba Cloud app only support the Chinese language but not English. Make sure that you can read, write, and understand Chinese when you apply for ICP filing.
  • You can use your Alibaba Cloud account that is registered on the Alibaba Cloud international site to log on to Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System and apply for ICP filing. However, you must use the Alibaba Cloud app to upload documents. After you download and install the Alibaba Cloud app, use it to scan the QR code on the upload documents page. You do not need to log on to the Alibaba Cloud app to perform this action. We recommend that you register an Alibaba Cloud account on the Alibaba Cloud China site to apply for ICP filing and manage ICP information.
  • If the entity leader of the ICP filing is not a mainland China resident, the website representative must pass facial recognition for identity verification. The system will prompt you in case certain operations are needed, and you must follow the prompts. The entity leader and the website representative shall complete the face verification individually.
    Note In some special cases, the system will prompt the legal representative to go through facial recognition. If this is the case, complete the steps as prompted.
  • You must use an Alibaba Cloud account that is registered on the Alibaba Cloud China site to log on to the app. 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 China site to perform operations in Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.

Procedure

You can submit an ICP filing application in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System from a PC or from the Alibaba Cloud app.
Note
  • Most operations related to ICP filing application can be completed both from a PC and from the Alibaba Cloud app. However, if you need to claim or import an ICP filing application, you must use a PC. The Alibaba Cloud app supports certificate recognition and facial recognition, which are more intelligent and efficient for completing ICP filing application. Therefore, we recommend that you use the Alibaba Cloud app to apply for an ICP filing.
  • To meet the authenticity requirements of the ICP filing administration, you must use the Alibaba Cloud app to upload identity documents and complete authenticity verification when you apply for an ICP filing from a PC.
  • If you have completed the ICP filing application in the HiChina ICP Filing System, you can import the ICP filing information to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System. For more information, see ICP Filing account FAQs.
The procedures for applying for an ICP filing from a PC and from the Alibaba Cloud app are similar. The following example shows you how to apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System from a PC. The differences from using the Alibaba Cloud app are described in each step.
  1. Preparations
    • Sign up an Alibaba Cloud account. Before you apply for an ICP filing, you must sign up an Alibaba Cloud account for submitting the ICP filing application and maintaining 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. Make sure that the domain name complies with ICP filing requirements. For more information, see Prepare and check the domain name.
      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 application three days after the real-name verification of the domain name is completed. Otherwise, the ICP filing application may fail due to the lack of real-name verification information in the MIIT database.
    • Prepare an instance.

      Purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance that is located in Mainland China or obtain the service identification number of an Alibaba Cloud instance. Make sure that the instance meets the ICP filing requirements. For more information, see Prepare and check the instance and access information.

    • Obtain a pre-approval.

      If your website provides such information or services as news, publishing, medicine, medical devices, culture, broadcasting, films, TV programs, education, medicine, healthcare, car hailing, and electronic bulletin boards, you must obtain a pre-approval from the local authority before applying for an ICP filing. For more information, see Pre-approval.

    • Learn ICP filing regulations. You must learn the ICP filing regulations of the local administration and prepare ICP filing information as required. For more information, see the regulations of each province by clicking the corresponding link in ICP filing regulations of different provinces.
  2. Procedure
    As described in What is ICP filing, the following information is verified in the ICP filing application process: the instance, access, website, and entity information. Therefore, you must provide such information and related documents in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System when you apply for an ICP filing.
    1. Enter the information required for verifying the ICP filing type.
      In the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System, enter the required information, including the entity and website information by following the instructions. The system automatically determines the ICP filing type.
      Note If you use the Alibaba Cloud app to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time or for a new website with previous ICP filing obtained not through Alibaba Cloud, you also need to upload the certificates of the entity in this step. If the entity is an individual, you also need to complete authenticity verification.
    2. Enter the information required for verifying the website server.
      Enter the information required for verifying the instance where your website is hosted.
    3. Enter the entity and website information.
      Enter the website information and authentic information about the entity that applies for an ICP filing. The entity can be an organization or an individual.
      Note If you use the Alibaba Cloud app to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time or for a new website with previous ICP filing obtained not through Alibaba Cloud, you also need to upload the certificates of the entity leader and website administrator and verify the authenticity of their information in this step.
    4. Upload certificates and complete authenticity verification.
      Use the latest version of the Alibaba Cloud app to take photos of the authentic certificates and the original ICP filing documents, and upload them. Facial recognition is required for authenticity verification when you upload some real-person data.
      Note
      • If you use the Alibaba Cloud app to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time or for a new website with previous ICP filing obtained not through Alibaba Cloud, you only need to upload required documents in this step. Authenticity verification is not required.
      • Beginning from July 29, 2019, liveness detection is required when you use the Alibaba Cloud app to apply for an ICP filing according to the authenticity requirements of the ICP filing administration. The original verification method of taking a photo in front of a backdrop is no longer used.
    5. Confirm the information.
      Before you submit the ICP filing application, check the ICP filing information carefully, including the entity, website, and access information. Make sure that the information is correct.
      Note If you use a PC to apply for an ICP filing, you can check the ICP filing information in the Alibaba Cloud app after uploading the required documents and completing the authenticity verification. If you cannot log on to the Alibaba Cloud app by using the credentials of your Alibaba Cloud account, check the information on the PC.
    6. Alibaba Cloud reviews your ICP filing application.
      After you submit the ICP filing application, Alibaba Cloud performs a preliminary review of your ICP filing application.
    7. Mail required documents.
      During the preliminary review of the application, Alibaba Cloud may ask you to mail specified documents to a specified address based on the information that you provided in the preceding steps and the requirements of the local administration.
      Note Alibaba Cloud will notify you if you need to mail specified documents for the preliminary review of the application. If you do not receive any relevant notification during the preliminary review, you are not required to mail documents to Alibaba Cloud. In this case, the application process proceeds to the next step.
    8. Optional. Complete SMS verification.
      Currently, the following provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities require SMS verification for ICP filing application: Tianjin, Gansu, Xizang, Ningxia, Hainan, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Fujian, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Guangxi, Yunnan, Shandong, Henan, Anhui, Hunan, Shanxi, Heilongjiang, Nei Mongol, and Hubei. After you pass the SMS verification, your application is submitted to the corresponding administration for a review.
    9. The local administration reviews your ICP filing application.
      After approving your ICP filing application preliminarily, Alibaba Cloud submits your ICP filing application to the corresponding administration for a final review. If you pass the final review, your ICP filing application succeeds. The review result is sent to you through an SMS message and email.
  3. What to do next
    • Add the ICP filing and a copyright notice to your website.

      After your ICP filing application is completed, you must add the ICP filing and a link to the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) at the bottom of your website. Website visitors can use the link to query your ICP filing information. Administrations in some provinces such as Jiangsu require adding a copyright notice at the bottom of websites that have obtained ICP filings.

    • Optional. Apply for an ICP commercial license.

      If your website is a business-related website, for example, providing commercial services to customers with information and web design, you must apply for an ICP commercial license after you complete ICP filing application.

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

      According to the Measures for Security Protection Administration of the International Networking of Computer Information Networks of China,after your website obtains an ICP filing from the MIIT, you must log on to the National Internet Security Management Service Platform and submit a PSB filing application within 30 days after the launch of your website. For more information, see related content in the ICP filing documentation on the Alibaba Cloud website.

ICP filing application types

The type of ICP filing application varies depending on whether it is the first time that the entity and domain name have applied for an ICP filing. Different ICP filing application types require different application documents.
  • First-time ICP filing application: It is the first time that the entity and domain name have applied for an ICP filing.
  • Service provider changes: The entity and domain name have already obtained an ICP filing, and the entity needs to change the service provider in or add a service provider to the ICP filing information.
  • ICP filing for a new website with previous ICP filing obtained not through Alibaba Cloud: The entity has completed ICP filing application for a website through another service provider, and now the entity wants to host a new website on an Alibaba Cloud instance. In this case, the entity must apply for an ICP filing for this new website through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.
  • ICP filing for a new website with previous ICP filing obtained through Alibaba Cloud: The entity has completed ICP filing application for a website through Alibaba Cloud, and now the entity wants to host a new website on an Alibaba Cloud instance. In this case, the entity must apply for an ICP filing for this new website through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System.