How do I successfully complete the SMS verification for an ICP application?

Posted by Christian Blessing, Last modified by Christian Blessing on 18 November 2020 16:37

After you have prepared all documents for the application or the update of an ICP licence and have submitted them via your provider in China, they will be checked in a first review by the responsible official. After a successful review of the documents, an SMS verification is carried out by the responsible Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) since September 2020, which must be initiated by your responsible official.

As part of the SMS verification both the person responsible for the website and the legal representative receive an SMS with a verification code on their respective Chinese mobile number. As these persons may not speak Chinese and both the SMS and the MIIT website are only available in Chinese, we have prepared a detailed description of the process below to help you successfully complete the SMS verification.

After receipt, the verification must be completed within 24 hours, as the code is only valid during this period.

The picture on the right shows an example of such an SMS. In addition to the actual verification code, this also indicates that the request has been submitted and that you should visit the MIIT website within the next 24 hours for verification.

Translated, the content reads: [Ministry of Industry and Information Technology] Verification code: 373390. Your new account has been submitted, the link for verification is: beian.miit.gov.cn, valid for 1 day [ICP recording from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology]

Verification SMS from the MIIT

To complete the SMS verification, just visit the MIIT website. On the right side there is a form with three fields, which has to be filled in as follows:

  • In the first field, the code which was transmitted with the receipt of the SMS has to be entered.
  • Within the second field, the respective Chinese mobile phone number must be entered.
  • The third field must contain the last six characters of the proof of identification (usually an identity card or passport) submitted with the application. This applies to both Chinese and German identity cards or passports.

The screenshot below shows an example of how to fill in the form.

Example of a filled SMS verification form at the website of the MIIT

After submitting the form by clicking the light blue button at the end of the form, you will receive one of the following three responses:

  • 您的短信核验完成,请等待其他核验人进行短信核验。
    The SMS verification has been completed, but the second person (legal representative or the person responsible for the website) must still complete the verification.
    Message at the SMS verification, which says that another person has still to complete the verification

  • 您的經信核验失败, 请您重新验证。
    The SMS verification has been successfully completed and is now being further examined by the authorities. At this point, there is nothing more for you to do for the moment, as the ICP process will continue automatically afterwards.
    Message at the SMS verification, which says that the verification has been completed successfully

  • 您的短信核验已全部完成,该请求将提交管局审核。
    SMS verification could not be completed successfully. This is either the case if the code has already expired. Also, a typing error may have occurred or the characters from another identification document may have been used. Therefore, the characters entered should be checked again and, if necessary, the entry should be made with the number of the other proof of identification (passport or ID card).
    Message at the SMS verification, which says that there was an error at the verification

What can I do if I have not received a code by SMS?

If the person responsible for the website and the legal representative have not received a code on their mobile phone, the SMS can be resent via the MIIT website. This is recommended if you have received the message from your responsible official that the SMS has been sent, but you still have not received an SMS after 1-2 hours. To do this, you have to change the tab on the right side to get to the corresponding form.

The two fields must be filled in as follows:

  • Within the first field, the respective Chinese mobile phone number must be entered.
  • In the second field, the last six characters of the proof of identification submitted with the application (usually an identity card or passport) must be entered.
Form at the website of the MIIT to resend the verification SMS

After submitting the form, the SMS is resent to the specified mobile phone number. It is important to note that the SMS can only be resent within 24 hours after the responsible official has initiated the SMS verification.

If you were not able to complete the verification within 24 hours, a new sending must generally be initiated by the responsible official. Afterwards, you have another 24 hours to complete the SMS verification with the receipt of the new codes.

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