Why do we apply for ICP Filing

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2018

According to the Regulation on Internet Information Service of the People’s Republic of China (Decree No. 292 of the State Council) by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), your website cannot direct to any server located in mainland China for public visit, until you get an ICP Filing number from MIIT.

Two ICP certification types are as follows.

ICP Filing

An ICP Filing, known in Chinese as “Bei’An”, is the first level of ICP certification. All websites hosted in mainland China must be filed with MIIT. After an ICP Filing is obtained, the licensee is eligible to host an website on a hosting server or use CDN service in mainland China for public visit, but cannot take e-commerce business or any business involving online payments. As an ICP Filing does not permit the licensee to engage in direct online sales, the licensed website must only be used for informational purposes.

ICP Commercial License

An ICP Commercial License, known as “ICP Zheng” in Chinese, allows online platforms or third-party sellers of goods and services to deploy their website on a hosting server or CDN within mainland China. To apply for an ICP Commercial License, you must first obtain an ICP Filing. After obtaining both an ICP Filing and ICP Commercial License, you can start a website with e-commerce and online payment integration on a server or CDN based in mainland China.

Note: According to the latest amendments in 2016, after procuring the ICP Filing number or ICP Commercial License, you must submit an application to the PSB (Public Security Bureau) for PSB filing within 30 days after you start your website.

Click ICP License Support to test if you need an ICP license and what kind of license is required.

For any problems related to obtaining an ICP license, visit Alibaba Cloud Forum for further assistance.

If you are using an Alibaba Cloud instance in a mainland China, log on to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing platform (available in Chinese only) to submit a filing application. For more information about the submission process, see Guide for ICP Filing.

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