ICP Registration Support

Learn how to obtain an ICP Filing or ICP Commercial License to host your website in Mainland China.

Why should businesses care about ICP?

  • What's ICP?

    An ICP (Internet Content Provider) Filing certifies a website domain to be hosted lawfully on a server or CDN located in Mainland China.

  • Is it mandatory?

    According to the Measures for the Administration of Internet Information Services, all websites and mobile apps hoping to provide services in Mainland China, must first obtain ICP registration in order to operate lawfully.

  • Who's eligible?

    Enterprises must have a registered business entity in Mainland China. Foreign individuals that have a fixed residence in China may apply for a personal website.

  • What if I'm not eligible?

    You can host your website on a server or CDN in China (Hong Kong) if the latency and cost are acceptable or Contact Us to get professional support through our GoChina ICP Filing Assistant.

ICP Registration Categories

ICP Filing

To deploy a website in Mainland China on a server or CDN nodes, both individual and enterprise applicants must apply for an ICP Filing ('Bei'an' in Chinese). By obtaining an ICP Filing from MIIT, your sites will be eligible to be accessed in Mainland China:

* For non-commercial internet information services;
* Can only be used for informational purposes and not for generating revenue.

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ICP Commercial License

Enterprise websites that are established for the purpose of generating income or providing a platform for others to generate income, are required to apply for an ICP Commercial License:

* For commercial internet information services;
* Generate revenue through, for example, publishing information, advertising, etc., or providing a platform for others to generate income, all should apply for an ICP Commercial License.

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All-in-One Service for ICP Filing

Contact us and get our end-to-end ICP Filing Assistant service from consultation and qualification assessment to delivery to help you complete the 9-step filing process

Company Registration

Process Q&A
Delivery Progress Follow-Up
Efficient Completion of Paperwork

Domain Name Consultation

Registration and Ownership Transfer
Transfer Assistance
Real-Name Verification

Qualification Assessment

Operations Compliance
Qualification Document Compliance
Qualification Compliance

Filing Application Assistance

Support from Experts
Reduced Learning Costs
Improved Pass Rate

Self-Service ICP Filing 9-Step Process

You can follow these steps to obtain an ICP filing or contact us to get our GoChina ICP Filing Assistant service.

Register an Alibaba Cloud account, prepare and check your domain name, purchase an instance and build a website, read and understand the MIIT ICP regulations. Make sure that you can read, write, and understand Chinese when you apply for an ICP filing. For details see Document Center.
Enter the required information
In the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system (available in Chinese only), enter your organization, website, and more information by following instructions. The system automatically determines the ICP filing type.
Verify the Alibaba Cloud instance
Verify the instance that hosts your website. You can find an instance suitable for your businesses at Alibaba Cloud Web Hosting Solution.
Enter the entity and website information
Enter the website information and authentic information about your entity. Your entity can be an organization or an individual.
Upload certificate documents
Upload photos or color scanned copies of your documents according to regulated requirements.
Confirm your information
Before you submit the ICP filing application, confirm the ICP filing information carefully, including your entity, website, and service provider information. Make sure all information is correct before submission to application.
Alibaba Cloud reviews your ICP application
After you submit the ICP filing application, Alibaba Cloud reviews your ICP filing application.
MIIT reviews your ICP application
After Alibaba Cloud reviewed your ICP filing application, the application information will be delivered to MIIT for final review. If you successfully pass the final review, MIIT will register your ICP filing information. You can receive the final review result through SMS and emails.
Your application is approved. The last step is to log on to China Cyber Security Management Platform (available in Chinese only) and register a PSB filing within 30 days after you obtain an ICP filing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I apply for an ICP Filing before my website goes live?

Your website does not need to go live in to apply for an ICP Filing. However, you will need to purchase a hosting server and domain before submitting the application. The domain name will also need to undergo real-name verification prior to the ICP application. Please read Domain name information verification document for more information.

You can also purchase our GoChina ICP Filing Assistant service and let our experts help you with your ICP filing. This service includes company registration in Mainland China, a full consultation service for domain name registration and transfer, and other application and filing services.

2. Is there a point in the application process where I need to be physically present?

There is no need for any on-site filing. All steps can be completed online.

3. Can I apply for an ICP Commercial License if I have a physical office in Mainland China?

Unfortunately, having a physical office (办事处 or “ban shi chu” in Chinese) is not enough to register for an ICP Commercial License. You must be a registered commercial business in China. In the case of a Sino-foreign joint venture, the proportion of foreign investment in the venture shall not exceed 50%, you may still apply for an ICP Filing, but will not be able to run your website as a commercial site, and therefore will not be able to accept money through your site. Further, foreign companies need to apply for a “foreign (regional) enterprises resident representative registration certificate” (外国(地区)企业常驻机构代表登记证 in Chinese) before filing.

4. Do I need to apply for an ICP Filing to use Alibaba Cloud’s CDN service?

If you only plan to use our international CDN services (which do not cover Mainland China) then there is no need to apply for an ICP Filing. If you plan to use our domestic (Mainland China) CDN services, then you must apply for an ICP Filing. You will need to temporarily purchase an ECS instance in Mainland China to complete the process, whether or not your site is hosted in Mainland China.

5. What will happen if I do not have an ICP Filing?

Websites that do not file for an ICP record cannot be accessed in Mainland China.

6. How many ICP Filing applications can I submit from one account?

The ICP Filing system follows a “one account, one owner” rule. This means that if you own multiple websites, you can file for all of them from a single account, so long as you are the owner listed for all the domain names you plan to register for. If you are applying for ICP Filings for sites with different owners, you’ll need one account per unique owner.

7. I already have an ICP Filing, and I want to change my hosting provider to Alibaba Cloud. What do I do?

You can log on to our ICP Management System and apply to transfer your ICP Filing to Alibaba Cloud. As this system is only available in Chinese, you may need to seek assistance from a Chinese speaker. For reference, this process is referred to as “接入备案” (jie ru bei an) in Chinese.

8. What if I have more questions?

Please refer to our ICP FAQs in the Document Center.

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