As the law has changed regarding pet dogs in Shanghai (again), here are the steps to get your dog licensed.
The new rules state that people can only own 1 pet per household from now on.
The only exception to this is where you had more pets previously licensed in your household; you can continue to renew their licenses, but not add new dogs.
Note that the instructions below are for Xu Hui District, but are similar for other districts.
I suggest buy a plastic file, and keep all related paperwork together.
To succeed in this mission, you’ll need patience, some cash, and some kind of canine.
Ouch that hurt! aka vaccinations
Money (few hundred rmb).
In Xu Hui district (also would be ok for other districts), this is the large pet hospital at 2451 Xie Tu Lu
You’ll need to ask for a “gou yi miao ban zheng” 办理狗证续证
The dog will get a vaccination shot, price for this varies depending on which vet you visit, but should be less than 100rmb.
You’ll also get a piece of paper. This is called a da zhen ping zheng. This is important, don’t lose it!
If your dog has never been licenced before, you will also need to get an id implanted too.
This is a small rfid tag that gets injected somewhere around the neck area.
This will also cost somewhere in the less than 100rmb range.
You’ll also get a piece of paper for that, again, don’t lose it.
If you don’t have the magic piece of paper, have the vet make another one for you. China runs on small bits of paper that are easily lost, so make sure that you have anything you possibly may need in a folder.
Lastly, don’t forget to get an official fapiao for the above, and keep that together with everything else.
The Joy of Paperwork! (at your local neighborhood police station)
The rental contract for where you live (or a property ownership book if you own your apartment).
Your Passport (with your work permit / residence permit inside).
The 2 or 3 papers from the vet that you got in step 1.
More money (500rmb)
In Chinese that looks like this – 带上狗证，房产证，护照去徐汇区湖南派出所登记
Take all of the above to your local police station.
(Not all do licenses, but they’ll be able to point you to which one in your district is responsible for doing dog licenses)
In Xu Hui district this is on Xiang Yang Lu, near Fuxing road (opposite the fake electronics mall)
地址：襄阳南路203号靠近复兴中路( Xiangyang Nanlu 203#(Near fuxingzhonglu)
Give them all the paperwork you have so far, and 500RMB.
They should give you another slip of paper with a receipt, and a date to come back.
OR they’ll do it all there and then.
This depends on your districts setup.
Whichever of the above, at some point you’ll collect a pack of goodies!
This will include a dated sticker (this should be stuck on your door)
A Dog licence photo id card (this should be carried whenever you walk your dog).
A dog tag (which you should put on your dogs collar).
Plus some other assorted bits and pieces depending on which dog food company is sponsoring the gifts (last year was a bowl and some dog food).
I usually make copies of everything, and put into that file I told you to make in step one, and throw it into a safe place.
Currently you don’t need to bring photo’s, but from the 15th of June 2011, you’ll need to bring photos.
One side view, and one front view of your dog, in passport photo sized (1×3″) shots.
This was immense fun last time I tried to do this, as my dog doesn’t want to sit still for photo’s, and it took a while to get that done.
At time of writing this is all currently correct, but rules change (eg the we’re not sure about the photo’s thing yet), so have a chinese person call, and confirm first. Make sure that they ask for a clear answer that you understand, as its not unknown for people in China to forget to tell you about some essential item you need to bring, so ask clearly for what exactly is needed, and have them repeat it out to you.
One of the (not so) fun things about China is that almost everything needs to be licenced.
As part of the China bureaucracy plan, all forms of wheeled transport in Shanghai require a licence (yes, even bicycles!).
Riding motorized transport without one is not recommended, as this can lead to fines, deportation, and jail in worst case scenario’s.
This has been documented enough times by those unfortunate enough to knowingly break the law.
Electric Bikes/ Scooters are not exempt from requiring a licence, despite what the nice man at the shop selling you the bike, or others might say.
To be street legal in Shanghai, you need a plate.
1) Only bikes purchased in Shanghai can get a Shanghai plate.
Keep your official receipt (fapiao) when you buy the bike, as it needs to be used to get your licence.
2) As of a law passed in April 2008, Shanghai Electric bikes have to be:
* Under 40kg.
* Not capable of speeds faster than 20km/hr.
Effectively this means only bikes < 36v. * Listed in the allowed vehicle database for Shanghai. Legal bikes have a 15 digit unicode (like a car VIN) which is unique. Manufacturers have to apply for a production licence for this, and not all have done so. A list of licenced manufacturers is available here: http://www.shbicycle.com/Article/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=6230
If you own a bike that is older than that date that does not conform to the above, and you had a legal licence at that time, then it can be renewed each year, and its still legal.
3) To licence an electric bike/scooter/moped you need to visit the police station for your district.
You will need to bring:
* – The fapiao for the bike
* – Valid form of ID (Passport for foreigners)
* – The bike
* – Money to pay for the licence (11rmb currently)
Can I use a legal plate from another province?
Possibly No, with some caveats –
It is not legal to ride with an out of town plate unless it is a weekend, or public holiday. You can be fined 200RMB if caught riding outside of these times, although this is unlikely. This is a grey area though, so police attitude to this may vary/change. While having a plate is better than not having a plate, it may not help if you have an accident.
Can I carry a passenger?
According to the law, no.
Is is illegal to drive without a plate?
Yes. Being a foreigner does not exclude you from following the law.
Do I need a driving licence for an electric bike/moped/scooter?
A current list of legal bikes with photo’s is here:
You will need Chinese reading abilities to read either site.
Instructions below for non illiterate:
Are the cool Vespa lookalikes legal?
The Vespa lookalikes / Spicy Motors bikes are not street legal for various reasons – weight, voltage, speed (unless you have a 2008 model licenced prior to 8/2008).
Additionally, they are not listed in the police database of allowed models.
…but XXX / Bike shop / my friend etc says its legal?
In short: They’re lying.
If you are in living a city other than Shanghai this may be ok.
Different cities, different rules.
If the bike is 2nd hand, and has an existing legal Shanghai licence, and it has been renewed each year, then it is also ok (albeit extremely unlikely).
Otherwise, see the short answer.
What about repair / warranty?
By Law, bikes have a “三包” (threefold warranty).
If you have issues within 7 days the seller is legally obligated to give your money back if you so wish.
Within 2 weeks, you are guaranteed a replacement bike.
Within 1 year, if you have more than 2 of the same type of failure, they have to replace, or you can get your money back less depreciation.
Consumables such as lights are not covered by this, nor are collisions..
Parts have the following warranties (by law):
Motor: 2 years
Frame, Fork, Charger, Controller, Battery: 1 year
*For batteries, failure is deemed as holding < 60% of original charge. More details here: http://www.shbicycle.com/news/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=43
Note that it is while it is illegal for shops to sell bikes that cannot be licensed, many still do.
Where can I licence my electric [bike/scooter/moped]?
Addresses for each district:
宝山区 凇兴西路长征新村23号 56672872
Chang Ning District:
No 12, Lane 11, Tian Shan Lu
Feng Zhen lu / 1656 Shui Dian Lu
Closed Friday morning.
Huang Pu District:
49 South Shan Dong rd
372 Chang Ping road (off Shaanxi road)
Lu Wan District:
卢湾区 思南路46号 63275000
46 Si Nan lu / Xiang Shan lu
Min Hang District:
4888 Hu Min lu
Nan Hui District:
Nan Shi District (Southern parts of City?):
南市区 中山南一路161弄5号 63138859
Pu Dong District:
浦东新区 浦东南路3640号 58394097
1500 Yang Gao Middle Road
3640 Pudong South Road
Xu Hui District:
2388/2138 Long Wu Lu, underneath Xu Pu bridge
徐汇区 龙吴路2138号（徐浦大桥） 64340579
Yang Pu District:
Also 闸北区 共和新路1985号 56650065
707 Tian Mu Middle Road
Why do I need an ICP licence?
As we often get asked why people need to register an ICP licence, as well as whats required. I thought it would be a good idea to explain what it is, and why its needed.
Essentially, an ICP licence is a permit from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII) in order to have a website in China.
In Chinese this licence is called a Bei An (ICP备案).
This was made law way back in September 2000, but not enforced until the late parts of this decade – 2007 onwards.
The latest documentation about this, and other requirements (in Chinese) is over here – http://www.miibeian.gov.cn/chaxun/flfg1.jsp?id=12
It is mandatory for any websites hosted in China to have an ICP licence, under penalty of law.
This applies whether the site is a .com, or a .cn or any other kind of domain name.
How do you apply for an ICP licence?
Website ICP licences are applied for at the MII website ( http://www.miibeian.gov.cn ), as this is all in Chinese, we typically assist clients with this process.
What do I need to apply for an ICP licence?
The official requirements are below:
Name of the website owner
Ownership information – ( Is the site is owned by an individual or a company? )
Valid identification documents (e.g., passport, ID card, etc)
Passport ID or Identification ID
Name of website investor
Your Location (in China)
Address (in China)
Types of valid identification documents of the contact Person (e.g., passport or ID card, etc)
Passport ID or other Identification ID of the contact person
Office Phone (in China)
Mobile Phone (in China)
Name of the website
Home page of the website
Domain name of the site
What type of site it is (e.g., blog, forum, etc.)
What is the content of the site?
Although foreigners should be able to apply for an ICP licence, in practice that’s not possible (we haven’t been able to successfully have an ICP licence issued for a foreigner for at least a year).
Effectively this limits us to the following two requirements (we can fill in the rest for you):
Legal Chinese Company Licence Number
Company Name (in Chinese and English)
Note that while companies are able to register multiple websites, individuals are only permitted to register a single site.
Where do I put the licence?
The excerpt from the official wording reads as follows: 并在取得经营许可证或备案号后 3 天内放在网站主页下方显著位置.
This basically says that the licence must be placed on the website within 3 days of receiving the licence, and must be placed on the home page at the bottom of the page.
Note that we do check clients sites on a semi regular basis for this, so if you redesign your site and forget to put the ICP licence in, you may find your site closed until this is done.
How long does it take?
Typically licence application takes less than two weeks. We have seen licenses issued in as little as a day though, through to taking 2-3 months!
This all depends on when you apply, and what kind of business you are doing in China.
We recommend that you avoid leaving things until the Chinese Holidays if things are urgent, as the relevant departments are usually understaffed, and about to go on vacation.
In a worst case scenario, we can host sites oversea’s until the licence is issued.
The licence department will ask us to close down acccess to the site when they perform the check though.
We recommend that licenses are applied for well ahead of time, so that you don’t have any downtime.
What does it cost?
Applying for an ICP licence is free. If you are one of our clients, we perform licence application as part of our service.
If you aren’t one of our clients, then why not become one!
What kind of sites can get licenses? / What can we host?
Any site that does not contravene China law can get a license. We cannot assist you with hosting anything that is illegal in China!
China law prohibits the following kinds of websites:
- Pornographic or promoting immoral behaviour.
- Sites offensive to the Chinese government or people.
- Sites that sell online drugs or satellite equipment
- Sites that promote banned activities or organizations.
Note that certain kinds of content do require additional licensing, in addition to an ICP licence.
An example would be BBS (Forums).
If you require a forum, we recommend that the forum is hosted outside of China until a license can be issued.
Note that BBS licensing requires additional fee’s and documentation due to the amount of work involved.
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