Do I Have to Apply for ICP Filing?

Last updated: 2019-08-21 10:17:54

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Do I have to apply for ICP filing for my domain name?

A domain name itself does not require ICP filing, but its owner's identity must be verified. ICP filing is needed when the domain offers web services.
ICP filing not required:

  • If the domain name of a website points to a server outside mainland China, ICP filing is not required.

ICP filing required:

  • If the domain name of a website points to a server in mainland China, ICP filing must be obtained.
  • If the domain name is used for email service (i.e., accessing organizational mailbox through "mail.domain name"), ICP filing must be obtained.

Do I have to apply for ICP filing for my registered domain name which is not in use?

A domain name itself does not require ICP filing, but the identity of its owner must be verified. If it is to provide web services, ICP filing is required.

Do I have to apply for ICP filing if my website is still in construction?

No. ICP filing is only required when the website can be accessed. As it takes a certain amount of time to complete the application process, it is recommended that you submit an application through Tencent Cloud in advance, so that your website can be normally accessed as soon as the construction is finished. More information about ICP Filing Registration >>

Do I have to apply for ICP filing if I only purchase a CVM but don't use a domain name?

If you do not point a domain name to the CVM, ICP filing is not required.

Do I have to apply for ICP filing if I point a second-level domain name to a CVM?

  • If the corresponding top-level domain name has already obtained ICP filing through Tencent Cloud, ICP filing is not required for the second-level domain name.
  • If the corresponding top-level domain name already has an ICP filing number, but the original access provider is not Tencent Cloud, you need to submit an application for ICP filing transfer to Tencent Cloud;
  • If the corresponding top-level domain name does not have an ICP filing number, you need to submit an application for ICP filing, and the second-level domain name can be used only after the application is approved.

Do I have to apply for ICP filing information change for a filed website if its IP address is changed?

There are two types of IP address changes:

  • If your IP is changed from another access provider to Tencent Cloud, you need to transfer your ICP filing to Tencent Cloud;
  • If you change from one Tencent Cloud IP to another Tencent Cloud IP:
    • If operational ICP license is required for your website, you need to apply for ICP filing information change and fill in the new IP address for ICP filing to make sure that the IP in the operational ICP license is the same as the IP registered with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT);
    • If operational ICP license is not required for your website, you do not need to apply for ICP filing change, as ICP filing change is not mandatory in case of IP change within the same access provider. Instead, you can submit the new IP when changing other ICP filing information.

Do I have to re-apply for ICP filing when pointing my filed domain name to Tencent Cloud?

There is no need to re-apply, but you have to apply for ICP filing transfer.
Your website can be accessed normally after Tencent Cloud preliminarily approves the transfer application.

Do I have to re-apply for ICP filing when pointing two different new domain names to a website with a filed domain name?

There is no need to re-apply. You can apply for website change for the filed domain name and add those two new domain names.

Why do I have to apply for ICP filing transfer to Tencent Cloud for my domain name that has already obtained ICP filing through another access provider?

  • Pursuant to the State Council Decree No. 292 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 filing system for non-operational internet information services. The ICP filing information needs to be linked to the access service provider. If your entity has already obtained an ICP filing number through another provider, your website can engage in content services within the service scope offered by the provider.
  • If you switch from the provider to Tencent Cloud, you need to transfer your ICP filing to Tencent Cloud and after that, your website can engage in content services through Tencent Cloud.
  • If you use servers of multiple providers simultaneously, the original ICP filing does not need to be deregistered or changed as multiple access providers can exist at the same time. If you haven't obtained ICP filing for your domain name through a corresponding access provider, you cannot engage in content services through the provider. In order to ensure safe and compliant operations of your business, please complete the application process in accordance with applicable requirements.

When is application for ICP filing transfer required?

If an entity has obtained ICP filing for its website through another access provider and now needs to bind the website to a Tencent Cloud server, it has to apply for ICP filing transfer in Tencent Cloud's ICP filing application system.

When do I need to apply for ICP filing for new website?

  • If you have multiple domain names, you need to apply for ICP filing for all of them.
  • If you have already obtained ICP filing for a domain name, you need to apply for ICP filing only for the new ones.

Can I transfer ICP filing for multiple websites?

You can transfer the ICP filing information of the same entity for up to 10 websites.

Do I have to apply for ICP filing through Tencent Cloud if I don't purchase a Tencent Cloud server?

No.

Can I choose not to transfer my ICP filing to Tencent Cloud?

The basic principle for ICP filing application is that you need to apply for ICP filing through the provider of the server to which your domain name points. If you switch from your original provider to Tencent Cloud, you need to transfer the ICP filing to Tencent Cloud and only after that can you engage in website content services through Tencent Cloud.