Last Updated: Oct 20, 2017

ICP Filing

An ICP Filing, known in Chinese as ‘Bei’An’, is the first level of ICP certification. All applicants must apply for an ICP Filing regardless of whether their website is commercial or non-commercial in scope. After obtaining an ICP Filing, the licensee will be eligible to host their website on a China-based hosting server or CDN, but will not be able to integrate e-commerce features or online payments. As an ICP Filing does not permit the licensee to engage in direct online sales, the licensed website should 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 the licensee is eligible to launch a website with e-commerce and online payment integration on a server or CDN based in mainland China.

Transfer an ICP license to Alibaba Cloud

If you have obtained an ICP license for a domain name with another server provider, and now you want to bind the domain name or the subdomains with Alibaba Cloud servers, you must transfer the ICP Filing license into Alibaba Cloud.

ICP Filing information change

Change the recorded information of the ICP Filing owner or the website filed with Alibaba Cloud.

New website for an Alibaba Cloud user

The owner once filed an ICP record with the identification documents at Alibaba Cloud, and the domain name filed for ICP record this time is not on record with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

New website for a non-Alibaba Cloud user

The owner once filed an ICP record with the identification documents at another provider, the domain name has no ICP number available, and the owner wants to file for a new website at Alibaba Cloud.

Claim an ICP filing license

The domain name was successfully filed for ICP record with HiChina before June 2010, and now the owner wants to claim the domain name ICP Filing record.

ICP number

The ICP number is used as a verification code for associating an Alibaba Cloud server when you enter the filing information at Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System, such as 32a43232-a888-88e8-b9ec-00888be8888f. You can apply for an ICP number for your instance from ICP No. Application.

ICP Filing password

You are promoted to input the ICP Filing password with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology when you submit an application for changing an ICP Filing record or resetting an ICP Filing with Alibaba Cloud, and each ICP number has a dedicated password.

Authenticity validation

After the ICP Filing application passes the preliminary review, the accountable person for the website ICP Filing is required to go to the validation site to take a photo, or apply for the backdrop in the ICP Filing system and take a photo in front of it, and then upload the picture.

Deregister a record

If an owner or a domain name is no longer valid or used, you deregister the record information.

Deregistration can be divided into the following two types:

  • Deregister an owner

    All the information under the ICP number is to be deleted. After the deregistration, you can reapply to file an ICP record with the owner and domain name.

  • Deregister a website

    The filing information of your website is to be deleted. After the deregistration, the owner remains valid and other non-deregistered websites under the owner account are not effected.

Cancel an ICP Filing transfer

If you cancel an ICP Filing transfer-in, the association between your filing information and Alibaba Cloud is to be deleted. Alibaba Cloud does not serve as your access provider any more, and the domain name cannot point to an Alibaba Cloud server. But your ICP number with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology still is still effective. You must contact your server provider in use to submit the application for ICP Filing transfer. Otherwise, your filing information may be deregistered by the competent authority.

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