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You’ve been HIT: Reasons why you can’t afford a One Day Processing NBI Clearance!

It’s supposed to be easy and should be a one day job. It should be a get-in-get-off-and-get-out kind of thing, right? You were half smiling when you approached the Releasing window when suddenly, the woman from the other side of the counter deliberately stamp a date on the back of the receipt and hand it back to you.

You looked at it and it says “HIT” then a Date of Release is written which is on the next eight (8) working days.

What the hell just happened?

Well… My precious little young one, you’ve just been HIT!

What’s the deal with this HIT?

“HIT” is the term used by NBI Clearance Outlets if the applicant has a namesake and requires the NBI Clearance to be verified further before released to its owner. There are 104 Million (and counting) breathing individuals in the Philippines. With that size of population, there’s a very small chance that you have a namesake who already applied for their NBI Clearance.

Once a HIT status appears, NBI Personnel needs to perform further verification on the applicant’s identity. Applicants are instructed to return after eight (8) to ten (10) working days to claim their NBI Clearance.

What to do when you were HIT?

So what should I do after receiving a HIT? Nothing! As long as you don’t have a criminal record, you don’t have to worry about it. All you need to do is just need to wait at the comforts of your home and go on with your life. Wait for the date of release of your NBI Clearance, come back to the branch where you applied and claim it or ask someone (authorized representative) to pick your NBI Clearance for you. You just need to be patient.

You might be aware of several horror stories about having a namesake with criminal records, right? This is the time when the NBI Personnel do a further investigation about you.

The time has come (After Several Days of Waiting!)

When the assigned date of release of your NBI Clearance arrives, come early as possible. Claiming your NBI Clearance should be a quick business for you since they already did what they want to do.
The thing that can make you stay much longer and delays you to get your NBI Clearance is due to:

  1. Long queue lines because of high volume of NBI Clearance applicants and the people who also want to claim their NBI Clearance scheduled on the same day as yours.
  2. NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview (to know more about this, refer to this separate article.)

We advise you to bring at least two (2) Government Issued Identification Cards and especially your NBI Clearance Receipt. The valid IDs will prove your identity whenever they require you to undergo an on the spot NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview.

What is NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview?

In my own understanding, the NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview is a process by which an NBI Clearance Personnel reviews or verify the true identity of the NBI Clearance applicant. This happens everytime an applicant with a namesake have a pending case or arrest warrant.

This results from receiving a HIT Status in Database verification process. The derogatory record can be his or her own criminal case or under his namesake. In short, your name has been tagged as critical and NBI wants to make sure that they’ll be giving out NBI Clearances to “clean” persons.

Why is this Happening?

The disappointment of not having my NBI Clearance really bugs me while sitting on the cab going to the NBI Main Office. Why did NBI Clearance Main office doing this Quality Control Interview? Then I realize few things that might be a good reason why applicants is suffering this.


  • You have a pending or ongoing case.
  • You are under for arrest and needs to be identified in relation to a crime by the Police Authorities
  • Your Namesake has a pending or ongoing case or
  • Your namesake are under for arrest and needs to be identified in relation to a crime by the Police Authorities

Another piece of advice, wear the appropriate attire when going to NBI Clearance Branch.

When you are applying for an NBI Clearance, wearing casual attire is usually appropriate. Please keep in mind that it is always important to be tidy and well-groomed during the application of your

Unfortunately, the clothes you wear everyday to the mall, or out with your friends, usually aren’t suitable inside the NBI Clearance outlets. There is certain (unwritten) policy.

Frankly, if there’s any, I haven’t seen the Official Policy Statement concerning the dress code inside the NBI Clearance centers. Any wise man can argue with me that since there is no written policy about this, you can deliberately wear anything. What we’re trying to follow here is the “general rule” when making any transactions with Government Establishments.

To show you what outfits that should be avoided when applying in NBI Clearance, here are examples of what not to wear on a job interview.

You know what, we’re getting alot of comments about the NBI Clearance HIT. It’s making every NBI Clearance applicant’s life harder. Anyway, if you’re interested on how to apply for Philippine Passport, you may choose to read the tutorial here.

But before we go, we would like to announce that we have written the updated guide on How To Apply NBI Clearance Online.

Best of luck with your NBI Clearance application! If you’ve got a great NBI Clearance HIT experience or valuable tips to add (or a question to ask), just leave a comment below.

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  • Manuel Montero
    October 20, 2018

    Magtatanong lang po kung hit parin po ang name na Manuel Montero, Kasi po 7 years na kung d nakakauwi sa pilipinas.. dito po ako sa UAE.. Salamat po ng marami..

  • Maria
    October 19, 2018

    I went to in the province since I was advised that it’s faster there processing NBI there. Indeed, it was really fast. But I got a Hit due to namesake. I work and live in Metro Manila. I only get to visit the province on special occasions. I was under the impression of hitting 2 birds with one stone by visiting the province since it’s my mother’s birthday and apply for NBI Clearance next day. Unfortunately, I was the one hit, not the birds.

    In this light, since NBI is already a centralized database. Is it possible to get my NBI from the branch nearest to my physical location. Please advise.

    Thank you.

  • Lynn Caña
    October 17, 2018

    Ask ko lang po ano dapat gawin kapag hindi ako nakapunta sa return date na binigay po nila? Hit po ako nung 1st week ng aug. Pinababalik ako ng aug 24. Until now dko pa po nakukuha. Need help po. NBI robinsons Galleria po ako nag-apply. Thank you.

    • Kat Delano
      October 19, 2018

      ok lang po yan, pwede pa naman siguro puntahan ang iyong nbi clearance. Pero puntahan mo pa din ASAP.

  • Hsiri
    October 15, 2018

    tanong ko lang 1st apply ko ng nbi 2 weeks pa bago ko makuha. And nag apply uli ako ng bago may hit na naman nbi ko. requirement sa inaapplyan ko ngayun nbi. Hindi ko alam ng criminal background check yung company na papasukan ko nakita nila na may hit ako. may kaso daw nafiled sakin. naalala ko may unpaid debts ako. posible kaya na may kaso ako o kagaya din ng dati na may kapangalan lang uli ako. Paano ko malalaman kung sino nag file ng kaso sakin?

    • Kat Delano
      October 16, 2018

      No. Hindi po criminal case ang pagkakaron ng utang. maaring gaya din ito ng dati mong naexperience na kapangalan mo lang kaya ka mayroong hit sa nbi clearance.

      • Hsiri
        October 18, 2018

        Ang nakakalungkot lang; nagbackground check yung company na inaaplyan ko. For requirements nako including nbi. So i got NBI HIT. dna nila ko pinagtrabaho sa company. Sabi nila may nagfile ng kaso sakin. Pwede ko ba sila ireport sa dole para mabawi ko lahat ng nagastos ko?

        • Kat Delano
          October 19, 2018

          Hello Hsiri, clarify ko lang po. Yung pagkakaroon ng Utang ay hindi po criminal case. PERO ito po ay pasok as civil case.

          Kung nagfile po ng civil case ng pinagkakautangan nyo, possible po na magappear yan sa iyong nbi clearance.

          Ang employment background check po ay ginagawa ng isang company sa pamamagitan pag hingi ng kopya ng NBI Clearance AT pagkausap sa taong incharge sa iyong dating company. Maaring HR or dati mong Boss ang kanilang dapat kausapin.

          Possible kayang tumawag ang inaapplyan mong company sa dati mong company at sila ang nagsabi?

          Sa pagreport sa dole po, hindi ko po masasagot yan. dahil wala po akong idea. Pasensya na po.

  • Lou Odaretla
    October 8, 2018

    Hi. Ask ko lang po sana kung paano ko po ba mapapacheck kung cleared for sya sa NBI. Pwede po ba yun? Nasa ibang bansa po kasi yung tao. Gusto po magbalik.bansa dito sa Pilipinas. Kaso lang po, natatakot po kasi na baka nagkaron or meron na siyang existing na records, at baka mahold na po siya dito sa Pilipinas. Possible po ba na macheck or ipacheck ko ang records nya? Ako po kasi ang aasikaso. Ano po ba maaring gawin? Maraming salamat po.

  • Elani cruz
    October 4, 2018

    What if someone used my name in getting nbi?

  • Van Calling
    October 2, 2018

    It was printed na po, last september 28, 2018. And nanotice ko nalang while fixing my documents for work na may mali sa middle name ko kahapon. Planning to go there naman po. To fix kung ano kailangan ifix. Thank you po ng marami.

  • Van Calling
    October 1, 2018

    Good day po, paano po pala yun, nagkamali po ng print yung middle name ko. Ngayon ko lang po nanotice po. Instead of Peña, Pena po ang nakalagay. Is it okay po kaya na magapply ulit for NBI?

    • Kat Delano
      October 2, 2018

      pwede mo ipacorrect yun dun mismo sa nbi clearance branch habang pinoprocess ang nbi clearance mo. Sabihin mo lang sa staff na may correction ka.

      • Van Calling
        October 2, 2018

        It was printed na po, last september 28, 2018. And nanotice ko nalang while fixing my documents for work na may mali sa middle name ko kahapon. Planning to go there naman po. To fix kung ano kailangan ifix. Thank you po ng marami.

        • Kat Delano
          October 4, 2018

          No problem Van. Hope you’ll get it fixed. 🙂

  • Rose
    September 27, 2018

    Ano pong requirements pag magpapakuha sa representative ng nbi clearance my HIT tag po kc aq at pinababalik kaso po my work aq?

  • L.j
    September 26, 2018

    Good day po. Nag papatanong po kayong kakilala ko yong tatay nia kasi napagbintangan at nakulong pero dahil sa wala naman talagang ginawa yong tatay nia napakawalan agad makakaapekto po ba yon sa pagkuha nia ng nbi clearance ??kc may record na sya pero napakawalan naman agad.

    • Kat Delano
      September 26, 2018

      Hindi ko po masasagot dahil kulang po ang detalye na ibinigay nyo. Possible po na may may record na sya sa pulisya at maaring magreflect ito sa kanyang nbi clearance.

  • Winter
    September 26, 2018

    This hit thing is stupid! After applying for a clearance many times and end up being told you have a hit over and over again. Can they not make a tag about a certain person wjo has this name with so and so last name/middle name is a different person from those who have a pending case or arrest? 2018 and you still have to undergo their outdated system of verification. 10 days just for verification, very efficient!

    • Kat Delano
      September 26, 2018

      Dahil po walang prosesong ganon yung nbi clearance. at totoo po ang sinabi mo na outdated ang system of verification ng nbi clearance. hanggang ngayon po ay pahirap pa din po yang nbi clearance hit na yan.

  • Hazel G
    September 25, 2018

    Hi, question, what if nawala yung nbi clearance receipt. macclaim pa ba yung nbi clearance? thanks

    • Kat Delano
      September 26, 2018

      pwede po kung meron kang kopya ng iyong nbi clearance reference number. magaappear naman sa database ng nbi clearance branch na paid ka na.

  • Justin abitria
    September 24, 2018

    Hi good afternoon kapag dati bang addict sa drugs tapos ngayin hindi na makakakuha ba ng nbi clearance?

    • Kat Delano
      September 26, 2018

      depende po kung meron kang record sa police na dati kang drug addict. pwede ka pa din pong kumuha ng nbi clearance pero possible pong pag bigay sayo ng nbi clearance mo ay may nakasulat dun na record or kaso mo.

      • gerald
        October 14, 2018

        kung may civil case ka ba considered hit na un?

        • Kat Delano
          October 16, 2018

          Ang alam ko po ay criminal cases lang yung nagrereflect sa NBI Clearance HIT.

  • Ralph Lopez
    September 21, 2018

    I have had a terrible experience with NBI Quezon City Hall branch.
    I was instructed to return today, September 9, 2018 because I need to be interviewed by an NBI Quality Officer.
    I asked my boss for permission and I was allowed to leave early. After getting to the NBI QC City hall branch, I was informed that the quality officer is not in the office and that he had a “meeting”.
    I asked if there was anyone who covered for him but they said there is none. Their smirks notwithstanding, I was instructed to go to the NBI Main Branch on Monday.
    I don’t mind going through the process but is there a way to make it easier for us law abiding citizens to get our clearances without going through this trouble?

    • Ralph Lopez
      September 21, 2018

      Sorry. Typo. The date is September 21, 2018.

    • Kat Delano
      September 24, 2018

      I understand your concern pero ganon po talaga ang proseso ng Quality Control sa NBI Clearance.

  • Ian Gabriel Sanchez
    September 21, 2018

    Hi, nagparenew ako ng NBI clearance ko ngayon lang pero pinapabalik padin ako kahit naissue-han naman na ko ng clearance dati bakit need padin mag antay ng 8 working days? Hindi ba dapat bagong pic tas print nalang ulit yon since renewal? Naguluhan ako kasi di naman fresh application inapply ko.

    • Kat Delano
      September 21, 2018

      ganon po yun pag may hit ka or kapangalan sa nbi clearance.

  • JM Magno
    September 20, 2018

    Hi po. Ask ko po kung ung issue ng shoplift sa sm is counted as HIT? Pro ung si SM hindi nmn dinala sa police station ung tao. Pinicture lng at kinuha nga details salamat mo sa sagot

    • Kat Delano
      September 21, 2018

      wala po yun. hindi po magrereflect sa nbi clearance mo dahil wala namang naisampang kaso sayo.

  • Pauline Santos
    September 19, 2018

    Hi. Natag ako as HIT sa NBI and kelangan bumalik. I would like to ask if it is possible for my clearance to be delivered. Like what the others have said po, medyo mahirap ng bumalik sa NBI because of work.
    Hoping for your kind feedback on this.
    Thank you!

  • Steven David
    September 8, 2018

    Hi po ask ko lang. Makukuha ko pa ba yung NBI ko kahit ilang months na ang nakalipas? Kasi “may 16 2018” ko dapat makukuha. Kaso hindi ko na nakuha gawa ng busy sa work ko. Plano ko sanang kunin this week. Makukuha ko pa ba yun? Nasakin pa recibo. Sa nbi sta rosa po yun.

    Note: paid po yun..

    • marie cruz
      September 10, 2018

      gnito rin concern ko pwde po sagutin nyo?

    • Kat Delano
      September 11, 2018

      Masyado na po kasing matagal. Possible pong wala na po yun. Hindi ko po talaga sigurado pero kung ako po, magaapply nalang ako ng bago kesa sa sumugal na pumunta ng NBI Clearance Branch tapos pagdating ko dun wala na pala.

      Pero opinion ko lang naman po yun, un eh kung AKO ang nasa kalagayan mo.

  • maricel valler galang
    August 24, 2018

    tanong ko lang po, nag apply po ako ng nbi clearance with hit then i wait for 9days to release my clearance, but suddenly sinabi sakin ng isang empleyado sa releasing area may kapangalan daw po ako na may kaso,pinapapunta nya ako sa main nbi for interview at magdala daw ako ng 2valid ids.. anong gagawin ko baka mapagkamalan ako na may kaso?

    • Kat Delano
      August 27, 2018

      As instructed, need mo po pumunta sa NBI Clearance Main Office. Kung wala ka namang kaso talaga, then wala kang dapat ikatakot. Interview laman po un. Wala pong dapat ipag alala.

    • ann
      September 21, 2018

      pumunta ka po b sa main office nagpa interview anu po sav? kasi aq din with hit ung nbi ko