If you host your website on an instance that is located in Mainland China, you must apply for an Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing based on the ICP filing regulations in the province, autonomous region, or municipality where you intend to submit your application. If you host your website on an Alibaba Cloud instance that is located 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 it obtains an ICP filing. 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 app.
Note
  • The Alibaba Cloud mobile app 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 app to apply for an ICP filing.
  • Currently, the Alibaba Cloud mobile app allows you to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time, for new websites whose ICP filings are or are not registered with Alibaba Cloud, and for Internet Service Provider (ISP) changes, cancelation of ISP changes, and cancelation of ICP filings.
  • According to the requirements of the authorities for the authenticity of ICP filing applications, you need to use the Alibaba Cloud mobile app 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 app are similar. The following example uses a PC. The differences between the procedures using a PC and the Alibaba Cloud mobile app 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 information (access information).

    • (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 hailing services, and electronic bulletin board services. For more information, see Pre-approval.

    • Learn ICP regulations. You must read and understand the ICP regulations and prepare the ICP filing information as required.
  2. Procedure
    As described in What is ICP filing, the following information is verified when you apply for an ICP filing: the instance, service provider, website, and entity information. Therefore, 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 app 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 app 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 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.
      Upload color photos or scanned copies of the corresponding certificates as required.
      Note
      • If you use the Alibaba Cloud mobile app 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 required documents in this step. You do not need to complete authenticity verification.
      • Beginning from July 29, 2019, liveness detection is required when you use the Alibaba Cloud mobile app to apply for an ICP filing according to the requirements of the authorities for 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 app. You can verify the information in the Alibaba Cloud mobile app after this step. If you cannot use your Alibaba Cloud account to log on to the Alibaba Cloud mobile app, verify the information on your PC.
    6. Alibaba Cloud initially reviews your ICP filing application.
      After you submit the ICP filing application, Alibaba Cloud initially reviews your ICP filing application.
    7. (Optional) Mail the documents.
      After you enter the ICP filing information and upload the certification documents, Alibaba Cloud reviews you application. During this process, you may be required to mail your certification documents to a specified address based on the submitted documents and requirements of the local administration.
    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 the corresponding administration for verification only after you complete SMS verification.
    9. The corresponding administration reviews your ICP filing application.
      After reviewing your ICP filing application, Alibaba Cloud submits your ICP filing application to the corresponding administration for final review. Your ICP filing is approved after you pass the final review. The review result is sent to you through an SMS message and email.
  3. What's next
    • Add the ICP number and Copyright Reserved

      After your ICP filing is approved, you must add the ICP number and a link at the bottom of your website. Website visitors can use this link to query your ICP filing information. Administrations in some provinces such as Jiangsu Province require adding Copyright Reserved at the bottom of websites that have obtained an ICP filing.

    • (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 apply for an ICP commercial license after you obtain an ICP filing.

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

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

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 a new website on an Alibaba Cloud instance. Under this circumstance, the entity must apply for a new ICP filing for this new website and domain name 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 a new website on an Alibaba Cloud instance. Under this circumstance, the entity must apply for a new ICP filing for this new website and domain name through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.
Note The Alibaba Cloud mobile app allows you to apply for an ICP filing for your website for the first time, for new websites whose ICP filings are or are not registered with Alibaba Cloud, and for ISP changes, cancelation of ISP changes, and cancelation of ICP filings.