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What are the business requirements of getting an ICP?

ICP (Internet Content Provider) is issued at the province-level by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), with business requirements varying from province to province. 

Below we've listed the most common requirements to get an ICP:

1. Non-commercial: ICP Filing

 ICP Filing (Individual)

ID card of webmaster

Photo of webmaster taken by Service Provider

ID card of company representative

Domain Certificate

ICP Filing (Business)

Copy of business license

ID card of webmaster

Photo of webmaster taken by Service Provider

ID card of company representative

Domain Certificate

2. ICP Commercial License

Copy of business license

ID card of shareholders/entity

Audit reports

Articles of Incorporation

Social Security proof of 3-5 employees

Domain Certificate

To be qualified, businesses must have registered capital in China worth RMB¥1 million or more.

Below is a table summary for the various ICP licenses and their business requirements:

Can I apply for an ICP as an overseas company?

No, it is a prerequisite to have a China-registered business license and an entity in China in order to apply for an ICP. You’re also required to have a named contact with a Chinese ID card.

Can I apply for an ICP as an international company?

There are a number of requirements specific to international companies:

Wholly foreign-owned businesses must acquire a Chinese business license

Joint venture businesses are required to have at least 50% of the company must be owned by Chinese entities or nationals

If you're sure you're qualified for an ICP in China, here is an ultimate guide to applying for an ICP in China.

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