If you are considering a serious web presence in mainland China, you will need to acquire an ICP license or ICP Registration. ICP license (abbreviation for Internet Content Provider) is a value-added telecom license issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) or provincial Communication Administrations to allow China-based websites to operate profitable Internet information service in China. ICP Registration is a basic qualification for all internet content providers , whose applications for an ICP Registration number are usually submitted to and reviewed by the provincial Communication Administrations by responsible Internet Service Providers (ISP) through connected information administration systems.
Profitable internet information service refers to the provision with charge of payment of information through internet to web users or of web page designing, etc.
Non-operational internet information service refers to the provision free of charge of public, commonly-shared information through internet to web users.
ICP registration for website providing non-operational internet information service is the most common license that you will need to acquire for your China-based website.
Before we proceed to expand more details of the process of acquiring an ICP registration or an ICP license, please keep in mind that the internet laws and regulations in China have been evolving and will keep changing. Most likely, you won’t be able to keep track of the changes by yourself without the navigation from a local guide.
If you are planning to host your website on servers based within the boundary of mainland China (Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are excluded), yes, it is mandatory for you to acquire an ICP registration before your website can go live. There’s no other route to avoid it.
An ICP Registration can be applied for through a registered legal entity in China. Here are some examples of the types of entities that are qualified to acquire an ICP Registration:
− Chinese domestic company with a Chinese business license;
− China based representative office of foreign companies;
− Partially or wholly foreign-owned businesses with Chinese business license, JV or WOFE (Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise) for example.
A Foreign business without a Chinese business entity is not eligible to apply for ICP registration.
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ICP Online Registration
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Final review on submitted application by Blue Cloud. Usually done within 2 business days
Visit any one of our local offices to have photo taken for your designated website manager
On behalf of client, Blue Cloud submits complete ICP filing application to MIIT for approval
Complete ICP registration with local Public Safety Bureau within 30 days after the approval of your ICP
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