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Internet Content Provider License: Definition
The Internet Content Provider License, also known as ICP License or 备案 (Bei An) in Chinese, is a permit issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry & Information to allow internet website to legally operate in China mainland. Each website hosted in China must have its own ICP license, but if your website is hosted in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan you don't need to apply for a license.
Without a proper license or a partnership with a Chinese counterpart, your website can be shut down by the China-based Internet service providers that you are using as it’s required to block the site if a license is not acquired within a grace period.
Moreover, each hosting company based in China is required to regularly check that all their clients comply with the regulation. If your license number is not displayed properly or your license number is not right (incorrect number), your hosting company can shut down your website without any prior warning.
Application Process: Procedure, Cost, Delay
The whole registration process is organized by the Ministry of Industry & Information which is part of the State Council. The MII is in charge of the manufacture of electronic and information products, the communications and the software industry. It is also involved in the promotion of the national economy and social services across China.
1. You need to create an account at http://www.miibeian.gov.cn (Ministry of Industry & Information) by entering your e-mail address and cell phone number in the form.
2. After the approval by the MII, you will receive a confirmation code on your both cell phone and e-mail account.
3. After receiving the code you have to login into the MII website, enter the code, and access your account. This step allows the MII to verify your identity and that you are the owner of the website.
4. After login into the MII Web site, you will have to fill out an on-line form with your name, mobile phone number, home phone number, home address, domain name, host provider, company name, and a description of your website.
You still need to have a partnership with a local company to apply for it if you are a foreign company. The processing time is about 3 weeks from the day you are starting the application but it can takes up to 60 days depending what kind of business you are doing in China. Take in consideration that national holiday can increase the delay of getting your ICP license delivered on time.
Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that your application will be accepted.
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