If the instance that hosts your website is located in Mainland China, you must register an ICP filing in the specified province as required by the MIIT ICP regulations. If you use an Alibaba Cloud instance that is located in Mainland China, you can apply for an ICP filing through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. Your website services become accessible only after you obtain an ICP filing. This topic describes the procedure to apply for an ICP fling in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system and the notes that you must pay attention to.

Procedure

To apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, follow these steps:

  1. Prerequisites
    • Domain name: register the domain name and complete the real-name verification process before you apply for an ICP filing.
    • Instance:

      Purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance that is located in Mainland China, or obtain the service identification number of the instance.

    • Pre-approvals (optional):

      You must obtain a pre-approval from the specified authority if you need to apply for an ICP filing for a website whose content contains the following information: news, publishing, medical devices, culture, broadcasting, films, TV programs, education, medicine, healthcare, car-booking services, and electronic bulletin board services. For more information about the procedure, see Pre-approvals.

    • MIIT ICP regulations: you must read and understand the MIIT ICP regulations and prepare the registration information as required.
  2. Apply for an ICP filing
    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. Therefore, you must submit the required information or documents in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.
    1. Verification information and ICP filing types:

      Specify the entity and website information. The system automatically determines the ICP filing type based on the specified information.

    2. Instance verification:

      The system verifies the instance that helps you build the website.

    3. Entity and website information:

      Specify the website and entity information. The entity can be an organization or individual.

    4. Upload the documents:

      Upload a photo or colored scanned copy of the documents.

    5. Facial recognition or photo verification:

      You must pass the facial recognition or photo verification as required by your local administration.

    6. SMS verification (optional):

      Currently, administrations of 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 will be submitted to the administration for verification only after you pass the SMS verification.

    7. Mail the documents (optional):

      After you specify the required information and submit the documents, the administration performs a preliminary review on the information. You may be required to mail the documents to a specified address.

  3. Apply for an ICP license or PSB filing
    • ICP license (optional)

      If you website generates income, for example, providing commercial services to customers with information and webpage designs, you must obtain an ICP license after you register 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.

    • 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. For more information about the procedure, see the PSB filing topic in the Chinese site documentation.

ICP filing types

The type of an ICP filing varies depending on whether it is the first time that you have registered an ICP filing for the entity or domain. Different ICP filing types require different information.

  • Initial ICP filing: it is the first time that you have registered an ICP filing for the entity and domain.
  • ICP filing transfer: you have already registered an ICP filing for the entity and domain, and you need to modify the registration information for adding a service provider.
  • New websites (other service providers): you have already registered an ICP filing through another service provider, and now you need to host a new website on Alibaba Cloud. In this circumstance, you must apply for a new ICP filing for the website and domain.
  • New websites (Alibaba Cloud): you have already registered an ICP filing through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, and now you need to host a new website on Alibaba Cloud. In this circumstance, you must apply for a new ICP filing for the website and domain.
  • New websites whose entity information has already been submitted to MIIT: you have already submitted the entity information to MIIT before, and now you need to host a new website on Alibaba Cloud for the same entity. In this circumstance, you must apply for a new ICP filing for the website and domain in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.
Note You can only use the Alibaba Cloud mobile application to apply for an ICP filing for a website that has not obtained an ICP filing before, or new websites whose entity information has been submitted to MIIT.