ICP Filing Overview

Last updated: 2020-02-26 22:42:55
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    Why is ICP Filing Necessary

    Pursuant to the State Council Decree No.292 "Administrative Measures for Internet Information Services" and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Order No.33 "Measures for the Archival Administration of Non-operational Internet Information Services", China implements a licensing system for operational internet information services and filing system for non-operational internet information services. Internet information services shall not be provided before the license or filing is obtained; otherwise, it would be illegal.

    Therefore, ICP filing is mandatory for Mainland China server usage, and websites can be launched and accessed only after obtaining ICP filing number from
    Communications administrations.

    ICP filing number is in accordance with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) official website: Website for query
    For more information about applicable laws and regulations, see Laws and Regulations

    Impact of No ICP Filing

    If your website's domain name does not have the ICP filing and is resolved to Tencent Cloud servers, Tencent Cloud will block access and redirect visitors to a static page reminding you to complete ICP filing. If you need to set up a website, please complete the ICP filing application process before launching the website.

    If your domain name has an ICP filing number that is not obtained via Tencent Cloud, and your server needs to migrate or has already migrated to Tencent Cloud, you will need to transfer your ICP filing to us. If your website has not obtained an ICP filing via Tencent Cloud is resolved to our servers, Tencent Cloud will block access and redirect visitors to a static page.

    ICP Filing Exemption for Servers Outside Mainland China

    You don't need ICP filing to buy servers outside China's Mainland China region (including China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and other countries and regions). ICP filing only aims at the IP address of China Mainland China.

    ICP Filing Application by Organization Outside Mainland China

    Currently, organizations outside Mainland China cannot apply for ICP filing. These organizations have to set up a Mainland China branch and obtain state-approved organization documents to file ICP. Organizations outside Mainland China may consider purchasing servers located in Hong Kong, China, where ICP filing is not needed.

    Types of ICP Filing Available via Tencent Cloud

    • Commercial websites operating within the territory of Mainland China of China shall obtain a license (ICP license) for value-added telecommunications services of Internet information services. To apply for an ICP license, you must first have a valid ICP filing number. Operational ICP filing You need to go to the relevant departments of the local administration on your own. For specific requirements, please log on to the local operating ICP filing website to check.
    • Non-operational websites operating in Mainland China should apply for an ICP filing with their local communications administration or the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Tencent Cloud supports the following ICP filing application types:
      • First-time ICP Filing Application
      • ICP Filing Transfer Application
      • ICP Filing Application for New Website (Original ICP Filing Obtained Through Tencent Cloud)
      • ICP Filing Application for New Website (Original ICP Filing Obtained Outside Tencent Cloud)

    ICP Filing Number

    After the ICP filing is successfully obtained, the communications administration will assign an entity ICP filing number to the ICP filing entity (which can be either an individual or organization) and assign a website ICP filing number to the website.
    Entity ICP filing number Format: Province name + ICP filing + entity's serial number
    Website ICP filing number Format: Province name + ICP filing + entity's serial number-website's serial number

    Examples

    The website ICP filing number of Tencent Cloud's official website (cloud.tencent.com) is Beijing ICP Filing No. 11018762 color 11
    The ICP filing number of the entity is Beijing ICP Filing No. 11018762.

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