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How to Apply for NBI Clearance

Over the years, the NBI Clearance has been one of the most popular Valid Identification to obtain. One of the reason is, the NBI Clearance is government-issued and it is easy to obtain. It is also one of the basic requirements for most employer’s before we get hired, plus its instantly provides a background check that serves as a proof that we don’t have a “stained” criminal record.

This post has been update today, April 22, 2016

All over the Philippines, there are hundreds of thousands of NBI Clearance applicants daily. It’s such an embarrassment if you don’t know how to apply for one.

Well, today is the day. We will walk you through the process of NBI Clearance application so that no one will get lost when applying for one.

The key element in applying for an NBI Clearance is learning the entire process and what to expect so that when something happens, you won’t be shocked and lost in the dark. We will eliminate the element of surprise to avoid disappointments and irritation that most applicants suffer. So what are we waiting for? Let’s start.

To give you a brief update, NBI is now implementing the NBI Biometric Clearance systems. This means, the new system involves the scanning of the ten fingerprints of the applicant. We can now forget the previous process where we we’re assisted by a NBI Employee having our fingerprints with their messy inks on our fingers then charging us two pesos for the ink tissue with alcohol. The new system boasts a computerized finger print scanner which is really convenient for us.

The old NBI Clearance (the one with inked fingerprints) is not valid anymore for renewal. Though, it can also be used as a reference to your application.

Requirements for applying NBI Clearance

Before going to the nearest NBI Clearance Outlet, make sure to bring all the necessary requirements in applying for your NBI Clearance. NBI requires you to present two (2) valid IDs. The list of valid IDs accepted by NBI Clearance Outlet are:

  • Philippine Passport
  • Voter’s ID
  • Driver’s License
  • PRC License
  • SSS ID
  • School ID
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID
  • Philhealth ID
  • NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Senior Citizen
  • Previous Copy of NBI Clearance
  • Postal ID

Some NBI Clearance Outlets requires Community Certificate or Cedula together with the two (2) Valid Identification Cards you present. As of this writing, we still don’t know the bearing of cedula in applying for NBI Clearance. Maybe the Government wants to dupe more bucks from us.

NBI Clearance Fees

The NBI Clearance fee depends on the purpose of application, please be aware of the fees to be collected.

NBI Clearance Purpose of ApplicationNBI Clearance Fees
Local Employment, Change of Gender, For Probation, Correction of Birthdate, Enlistment AFP, For Promotion, Enlistment PNP, ID Purposes, Custom’s Pass ID, Student Visa, Lateral Entry, Seaman, Seawoman’s Book, BID, CA, LTO, NSO, PNP, SSS, DND, DOT , Marriage and Other RequirementP 115.00
Travel Abroad, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Hongkong, Libya, Micronesia, Middle East, New Zealand, North America, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saipan, Singapore, South America, Taiwan, USA, Passport Renewal, For Deportation, Self Deportation, Immigration Requirement, Visa Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, Visa Seaman, Seawoman, USAP 140.00
Business Requirement , Change of Name, Permit to Carry Firearms, Firearms License , Adoption NFA, POEA, PRA, SEC , NTC, ACR Requirement, Special Investor’s Residence VisaP 165.00
Naturalization, Cancellation of Alien Certificate Of Registration (ACR) , RepatriationP 415.00

Based from our experience, an NBI Clearance with the purpose of Travel Abroad can also use as a requirement in Local Employment. But an NBI Clearance for Local Employment is not acceptable for Traveling Abroad.

NBI Clearance Outlets

It is convenient that you know where you can get your NBI Clearance. Before heading down to your chosen NBI Clearance Outlets, keep in mind to wear the proper dress code. You can refer to the Guidelines to be observed in applying NBI Clearance or you can refer to the Proper Dress codes in applying for NBI Clearance. The list of NBI Clearance outlets in Metro Manila is enumerated below:

Within Metro Manila
NBI Clearance Center – U.N Avenue, Ermita. Manila
Quezon City Hall – Makatarungan St, Diliman, QC
Montalban Rizal – Ground Flr., Municipal Hall
Muntinlupa City – Victory Shopping Center, Alabang
Mandaluyong City Hall – Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City
Las Pinas City – Las Pinas City Hall or SM Center Las Pinas (near and infront of Las Pinas City Hall)
Robinson’s Place – Basement 1 Ermita, Manila
Robinson’s Otis – Level 2 Guanzon St., Paco, Manila
Robinson’s Galleria – Basement 1 Ortigas Ave., QC
Robinson’s Metro East – Level4 Marcos Hi-way Pasig
Robinson’s Cainta – Level 2 Junction Cainta, Rizal
Robinson’s Novaliches,- Novaliches, QC
Ever Gotesco Recto – 3″‘ Flr Cinema 3 Recto Ave., Manila
Duty Free Fiesta Mall – Ninoy Aquino Ave., Paranaque City
Empire Mall – Edsa, Pasay City
Outside Metro Manila
Marilao Municipal Hall – Beside PNP Station, Marilao, Bulacan
Lipa City Hall – Lipa City, Batangas
Robinson’s Dasmarinas – Dasmarinas, Cavite
Ormoc Gaisano – Gaisano Capital Mall
Cordillera Administrative Region – Upper Session Road Baguio City
Ilocos Regional Office – Aguila Road Sevilla Norte San Fernando City
Dagupan District Office – A. B. Fernandez West Dagupan City
Laoag District Office – Brgy 10 P Gomez St, Laoag City
Cagayan Valley Regional Office – Government Center Carig Sur Tuguegarao City
Bayombong District Office – Capitol Compound Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya
lsabela District Office – National Highway Brgy Osmena Ilagan Isabela
Central Luzon Regional Office – Capitol Compound City of San Fernando Pampanga
Bulacan District Olftce – Capitol Compound Guinhawa, City of Malolos, Bulacan
Cabanatuan Dislrict Office – Llanera St Old Provincial Capitol Cmpd Cabanaluan City
OlongapoDistrict Office – 17 Kentucky Lane Upper Kalaklan Olongapo City
Tarlac District Office – Brgy Macabulos Drive San Roque Tarlac City
CALABARZON – Capitol Site Capitol Hills Batangas City
Cavite District Office – J.P. Rizal St. Kaybagal South Tagaytay City
Lucena District Office – NIA Compound Genes Aguilar St., Lucena City
Laguna District Office – Rizal Blvd Brgy. Tagapo City of Sta Rosa, Laguna
MIMAROPA – Sitio Cuadro Aguas Brgy Sta Isabel, Calapan City
Puerto Princesa District Office – Taft St., Brgy Liwanag, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Bicol Regional Office – Maria Cristina St.,Naga City
Legazpi District Office – Quezon Avenue Legazpi City
Western Visayas Regional Office – Duran St., Fort San Pedro Iloilo City
Bacolod District Office – Aguinaldo St. Bacolod City
Central Visayas Regional Office – Escario St., Capitol Site, Cebu City
Dumaguete District Office – Capitol Area Daro Dumaguete City
Samar District Office – Old Health Bldg., Capitol Site Catbalogan City
Western Mindanao Regional Office – 19 Corcuera St. Zamboanqa City
Dipolog District Office – Quezon Ave Sta Isabel, Dipolog City
Pagadian District Office – BALGU Bldg., Capitol Compound, Pagadian City
Northeastern Mindanao Regional Office – Capitol Compound Cagayan de Oro City
lligan District Office – IBP Bldg., Badelles St. Pala-o lliqan City
Southeastern Mindanao Regional Office – J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City
Tagum District Office – Door 5 Duson Apt. National Highway Visayan village Tagum
Central Mindanao Regional Office – 2nd Ftoor South Cotabato Gymnasium Koronadal City
Saranggani District Office – San Pecto St. lagao, General Santos City
ARMM – Governor Gutierrez Avenue. Cotabato City
CARAGA – 2nd Floor FCB Bldg., J Rosales Ave Butuan City

You can see the complete list of all the NBI Clearance Outlets in the Philippines here.

We cannot say which NBI Clearance outlet has the least applicants because (1) we can’t monitor the volume of applicants daily per NBI Clearance Outlet and (2) it’s really pure luck if you manage to get your NBI Clearance on your target processing time.

All NBI Processing Centers are open from Mondays to Fridays except Holidays.

NBI Clearance Outlet office hours varies from one to another.

  • Regional and District Offices, Local Government Units and Ever Gotesco Malls are open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM
  • NBI Clearance in Robinsons Malls is open from 10:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Duty Free Philippines is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Steps in Applying NBI Clearance

  1. Fill out and present the accomplished application form together with two (2) valid ID’s to the Data Check Counter for checking if data are complete and correct. Make sure that you accurately fill out your NBI Clearance Application Form or else it will be returned to you for corrections.This is the part where you wait in line. Several NBI Clearance Outlets encounter long queue lines of applicants in obtaining a blank NBI Clearance Application Form and in the presentation of the filled out Application form to the Data Check Counter. What you need here is to be patient and wait for your turn.
  2. Pay for the corresponding NBI Clearance fee at the Payment Counter. Refer to the NBI Clearance Fee above for the fees related to the purpose of your application. This might sound redundant but you need to fall in line again (after the Data Check Counter). This time, you’ll pay the corresponding NBI Clearance Fee.
  3. The data on the application form will be encoded at the Data Entry or Encoding Counter. A PC monitor is provided for the Applicants to check any encoding error, thus, avoiding repayment on their part and complaint against the encoder. You don’t have to do anything here. The NBI Clearance Personnel will encode every detail that you have disclosed in your application form. Your only responsibility here is to write legibly. You don’t want the NBI Clearance Personnel to get confused with your poor handwriting.
  4. Picture-taking or image capture and scanning of the applicant’s fingerprints (Biometrics) will follow. It is not clearly stated in NBI Clearance Application if having a beard or mustache is allowed. We’re not aware of “No Beard, No Mustache Policy”. But for those people who really don’t mind shaving, then do it. Those who feel not shaving, do whatever you want. Remember that if the NBI Clearance rejects you because of your thick beard or mustache, it’s your fault. But it’s really up to you and we don’t have a business in your personal lives, so feel free to do anything.Finger printing is one easy task to accomplish. You just need to place your ten fingers on the scanner and that’s it.
  5. At the Image and Biometric Counter, name of applicant is automatically searched against the Name Database to check whether one has no or with namesake. This is the part where you need to pray that you don’t have a namesake. Because if you do, further verification will be needed.
  6. NBI Clearance certificate of one who has no namesake will be printed at the Printing Counter and released on the same date of application. Those with namesakes are verified against the Criminal History Database to check whether one has criminal record/s.
  7. Those with namesakes are advised to proceed to the Releasing Counter. The release date is written at the back of the Official Receipt when to claim your NBI Clearance. The applicants with “Hit” Status will return to the NBI Clearance Outlet after Eight (8) working days.
  8. Those found to have criminal records are advised to proceed to the Quality Control for interview. Interviewers will require an applicant to execute an Affidavit of Denial if he is not the offender and Court Clearance/Order if he is the offender.

Guidelines to be observed in applying NBI Clearance

The following guidelines must be observed by any applicants:

  1. NBI Clearance is a First Come First Serve Basis.
  2. NBI Clearance Applicants must observe proper dress code. Avoid coming to the venue wearing slippers, shorts and sando to prevent rejection.
  3. Applicants must bring two (2) valid ID. Government Issued ID’s are preferred.
  4. Courtesy lanes are provided for Senior Citizens, Pregnant Women, Nursing Mother and those with Disability (PWD).
  5. There is no more renewal of NBI Clearance anymore. However, the old NBI Clearance (with ink fingerprints) can be attached to your application form for NBI Personnel’s reference.
  6. NBI Clearance can be claimed by any Authorized Person of the Applicant as long as an Authorization Letter is provided.

While most of the people still prefer the old conventional way, we highly suggest using the NBI Clearance Online Application (NBI E-Clearance). We have heard a lot of positive feedback about the new NBI Clearance Online application. You can learn more about the NBI Clearance Online application here.

If you are a Filipino living abroad and you are trying to apply for NBI Clearance, you may read this guide on how you can easily submit your NBI Clearance application in any part of the world.

Our job is done here. Are there any noteworthy information that we have missed? Some practical tips that we left out? Please share us your thoughts and help others especially the future NBI Clearance applicants.

Write them down in the comments section. Have a great day ahead!

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  • K
    March 15, 2018

    Hi Just wanna ask. Is there a way na pwede ko makita if for release na po yung NBI (for abroad). yung nagprocess kasi ng NBI ko is yung mother ko, let’s say Monday then sabi sa kanya Wednesday next week pa daw makukuha. Tapos pagpunta ng mother ko ng Wednesday, Thursday na naman daw. Pa iba-iba po ng date. May site ba na pwede kong makita lahat ng list ng for release na NBi para ipakuha ko nalang sa relative ko na taga manila?

  • Q
    March 10, 2018

    Hello, I applied for NBI Clearance last week March 8. I have a HIT as usual due to my DOST scholarship. I was asked to come back by March 26 pa. As I won’t be here earlier, i asked if they can give the clearance earlier, but the answer is NO and I have to go to Main office. How will I verify in the main office that I can actually get the clearance earlier.
    If I ask someone else to pickup the clearance for me, is this possible?

    • Kat Delano
      March 12, 2018

      Kung pinapapunta ka po sa Main Office, ibig sabihin lang po nun na need mo mag under go ng NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview. madali lang po yun.

      Anyway, about sa question mo. Hindi po nila irerelease ang NBI Clearance mo ng mas maaga. and hindi mo din po pwede ipakuha sa ibang tao ang nbi clearance mo dahil need mo mag under go nga ng nbi clearance main office. Hope that helps.

  • Joy
    March 8, 2018

    Just wanna ask lang po
    Paano po kapag walang mautusan sa Pilipinas po?
    Nsa Japan po ako naka tira.

    • Kat Delano
      March 9, 2018

      Pwede pa din po un. Si Philippine Consulate po ang magpoprocess ng NBI application nyo pero meron pong additional na bayad. Inquire nalang po kayo dun.

      • Joy
        March 10, 2018

        Thank you po

  • Christian
    March 7, 2018

    Ask ko lang po kung gaano po katagal bago balikan po ung clearance kapag may namesake? S cabanatuan city, nueva ecija sir nagapply? Thanks po.

    • Kat Delano
      March 7, 2018

      Usually, 10 working days po un.

  • jerralyn c balasa
    March 5, 2018

    yung police clearance p b….ay pde ipasa as vakid saka ung sss id n maiden name ng isang married n..pero d p nkapagpalit ng id…is valid dn po b n ipasa

    • Kat Delano
      March 6, 2018

      Yes pwede po yung 2 id na binaggit mo.

  • FILIPINO-2018
    March 1, 2018

    Good day po,
    Tanong ko lang po kasi nasa U.A.E. po ako at need ng good conduct certificate, meron po akong old NBI clearance (For Local Employment purpose) expired year 2016. Pwede po ba ito marenew na as “For Work Abroad” ng representative ko sa Pilipinas? hindi na kasi ako nagpa take ng fingerprint dito sa UAE. sana po ay matulungan nyo ako, maraming salamat.


    • Charmaine
      March 5, 2018

      Requirement ang finger print. Kung hindi ka makakapag finger print, hindi ka papayagang makakuha ng NBI Clearance.

      Multi purpose na ang nbi clearance, meaning isang nbi clearance nalang sa kahit anong purpose. pakibasa nalang po dito para mas maliwanag.

  • Kris
    February 27, 2018

    Good Day, ask lng po sana ako,
    Last year kasi kumuha ako ng NBI clearance pero iba sa name na dinadala ko. naka kuha naman. now kailangan ko kumuha ulit ng NBI pero with my real name late register kasi ako. Pag kukuha ba ako ulit may fault ba mangyayari kasi diba may finger scanning na with my name? Need some legal answers po..

    • Charmaine
      March 5, 2018

      What do you mean iba ang name na dinadala mo? nakakuha ka ng NBI Clearance using a fake name, tama po ba?

      actually, you don’t have to worry about it. May HIT ka lang, either may kapangalan ka lang.

  • Arriatte
    February 26, 2018

    hello po, mgtatanong lang po ako, yung appointment ko po dapat nung feb 26, 2018 at 12.. kaso hindi po ako nakapunta. makukuha ko po ba yung nbi clearance kahit out of date na? salamat

    • Karen Hugo
      March 5, 2018

      I think Pwede naman siguro pero dapat puntahan mo na yun sa lalong madaling panahon.

  • RT
    February 17, 2018

    I noticed that you have indicated on how to pay for the NBI Application in your step-by-step procedure.

    I’m just wondering, since I have already paid online when I used the Online Application, do I still have to pay another Php115 when I go to the NBI Center on my scheduled date?

    Do I also still have to fill out forms in the NBI Center even though I already have done that online?

    Thank you for clarifying these things with me.

    • Ako budoy
      February 24, 2018

      No need na syempre. Reference number nalang.

  • Reese
    February 15, 2018

    Good day! Tanong ko lang po. Nawala ko po yung personal copy ko po ng nbi clearance i applied it last 2016 and gusto ko po mag renew ngayon. Di po ako makakuha ng appointment online dahil kailangan ng nbi id number which is nakalimutan ko na at nawala ko yung copy ko. Paano po ang gagawin ko? Thank you.

    • rose
      February 22, 2018

      register as new account
      Do you have an old NBI clearance? no box must check

  • dan
    February 15, 2018

    What if the only valid identification/document that our kasambahay has is NSO birth certificate and barangay ID, will the agency accept her application?

  • Nhine
    February 11, 2018

    Hello po..My boyfriend at ung mother at kapatid nya kumuha nng NBI sa philippines embassy in UK para po sana sa passport nila after nng kumuha ang sabi papadala pa dw dito sa pilipinas ung NBI nila para saan at bakit po? At kung ako mg aasikaso dito ano ano mga kailangan ko?

  • jake
    February 10, 2018

    Good day po..OK lang po ba postal I’d lang po at Nso. Pwdi na po ba mag apply ng NBi?

  • Isa
    February 9, 2018

    Why among the list of Valid IDs is Company ID not included??? This is ridiculous! Company IDs I believe are more valid than a School ID or maybe of equal validity. School ID when still studying, and Company ID when working.

  • do not read.
    February 1, 2018

    Helllo po. Tanon ko lang po paano po ba magkuha ng nbi clearance for abroad ? Kailangan po ba ng apoinment?

    Thank you po

  • Mechell
    January 31, 2018

    How can i apply nbi clearance for abroad??!

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