How to Apply for NBI Clearance

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Over the years, the NBI Clearance Online 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, September 30, 2018

All over the Philippines, there are hundreds of thousands of NBI Clearance Online 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 Online 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
  • GSIS UMID
  • School ID
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID
  • Philhealth ID
  • 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
NBI FIELD OFFICES
Cordillera Administrative Region – Upper Session Road Baguio City
REGION I
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
REGION II
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
REGION III
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
REGION IV-A
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
REGION IV-B
MIMAROPA – Sitio Cuadro Aguas Brgy Sta Isabel, Calapan City
Puerto Princesa District Office – Taft St., Brgy Liwanag, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
REGION V
Bicol Regional Office – Maria Cristina St.,Naga City
Legazpi District Office – Quezon Avenue Legazpi City
REGION VI
Western Visayas Regional Office – Duran St., Fort San Pedro Iloilo City
Bacolod District Office – Aguinaldo St. Bacolod City
REGION VII
Central Visayas Regional Office – Escario St., Capitol Site, Cebu City
Dumaguete District Office – Capitol Area Daro Dumaguete City
REGION VIII
Samar District Office – Old Health Bldg., Capitol Site Catbalogan City
REGION IX
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
REGION X
Northeastern Mindanao Regional Office – Capitol Compound Cagayan de Oro City
lligan District Office – IBP Bldg., Badelles St. Pala-o lliqan City
REGION XI
Southeastern Mindanao Regional Office – J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City
Tagum District Office – Door 5 Duson Apt. National Highway Visayan village Tagum
REGION XII
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
REGION XIII
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 Online, 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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  • Gud day po ns aboard po yn mother ko need po ny ng nbi pr sa visa ny nipadala n po non brother ko sa mail yn mga kailan kulang po ng 2×2 ID isa lng po yn npadala nl wl p pong signiture sa likod pwd po bng to follow nlng yn photo n may signature sa likod or pwd pong pirma nlng cy sa isang blank paper then print nlng po salamat po

  • Hi…meron po ako nakuha NBI application form from Riyadh Phil Embassy 1 month ago pero di ko pa po naipadala sa Pinas paano po yon, pwede pa po ba yon at paano po kung i send ko sa Pinas kailangan po ba ang aking 2 original valid IDs or pwede kopya lang.?

    • Pwede pa din po yun, ipadala nyo nalang po. Ask nyo nalang po kung anong requirements. pero ang alam ko po eh original po ang required.

  • Hello po, I am going to apply for a police clearance in Qatar. I will be needing it for my application for US Spousal Visa. According to some blogs, I need to get NBI Sundry Card. Is it different from the regular multipurpose NBI CARD? If yes, what are the requirements to obtain it? Or How can I have one?

  • Hi Ma’am. Just want to ask if need po ba na may nbi online application ka muna bago mgapply for nbi clearance? Or is it just optional lang for faster transaction? Thank you!

    • Required po ang NBI Clearance Online Application. Bawal na po ang walk in. hindi na po ineentertain ang walk in applicants.

  • Nabayaran ko na po yung para sa NBI pero wala pa po ako valid IDs kaya hindi ko makuha. Okay lang po ba kahit hindi ko agad makuha or maeexpire po yung bayad ko?

  • Maam /sir kasi married na po ako kaso ung mga i d ko po ay single pa ung mga aplyedo …pwd po ba akong mgpresent ng married certificate ko po at police clearnce po.kasi ung sss i d ko po ay di pa dumating.salamat po

  • Pwede po ba magpresent ng PSA (NSO) instead of other ID? kasi based on the list isa lng ung ID merun ako which is PHILHEALTH ID.

    • Yes of course. un po ang purpose ng multi purpose nbi clearance. Pwede na po sya sa lahat. mapa abroad man o local employment, pwede na po.

  • Do we have to the online registration for the schedules if the person who is applying is a senior citizen? or we just have to go to the NBI center without any online Application?

    • Wala pong ganon. magschedule pa din po sya ng appointment para magkaron sya ng NBI Clearance Reference Number. THen pag nandun na po sya mismo sa NBI Clearance branch, ask the assistance of NBI Clearance Personnel informing that he or she is a Senior CItizen. I believe meron ung priority lane.

  • kailangan pa po ba kumuha ng police clearance kung kukuha ng nbi clearance if ang purpose lang naman nita ay sa school?

  • Newly-married po ako. Wala pa po akong government issued ID na naka-apelyido na po sa married name ko. tatanggapin po ba ang CTC of Marriage Certificate as initial requirement sa pag-apply pagkuha ng NBI Clearance?

    • Maam /sir kasi married na po ako kaso ung mga i d ko po ay single pa ung mga aplyedo …pwd po ba akong mgpresent ng married certificate ko po at police clearnce po.kasi ung sss i d ko po ay di pa dumating.salamat po

  • If may mga questions kayo, natulungan ako ng admin sa website na to.↵↵Marami din silang guides sa ibat ibang papeles dokumento lalo na sa mga nagsisimula pa lang mag apply ng trabaho.↵try noy.

  • Required po ba na mag-online application muna bago pumila sa NBI pag kukuha ng clearance? Yan po kasi patakaran ng NBI sa Malolos Bulacan. Pag pumunta kayo dun magpiFill out parin kayo ng form tapos meron silang taga-encode na babayaran mo ng 20 pesos.

  • Good afternoon po. Tanong ko lang po kung pwede pa rin po ba yung school ID ng last semester? Kasi po stop po ako sa school, di po ako mage-enrol this semester, work po muna ako so baka po di po tanggapin yung school ID? Pwede pa rin po ba yun? Thank you.

    • Hi! Ask ko lang pano kung ang purpose ko ay for travel abroad and change of name (married) and yung documents na maprepresent ko lng is my nso birth cert and marriage cert plus yung old nbi ko, may ka pangalan din ako before..kailangan ko pa ba sa main office ng nbi pumunta or pwede na sa ibang branch nila?

  • Gd day po↵Nag apply po ako on line pero hanggang first step lng at hindi ako maka proceed sa next step.wala akong makita na btton sa right side for editing at apply for clearance, kahit na save ko na po ang lahat na information.nalagyan ko na rin po ng photo.pls help me

  • ahm last year po nag kuha ako nang nbi clearance for abroad dito sa tagbilaran bohol po so its been 1 year na tapos sa work ko po, kailangan not older 3 months ang dapat kailangan, ask lang sana ako kung ano gagawin ko, kukuha paba ako ulit nang nbi clearance?

  • Maam sir I would like to ask if kung pwede na po kumuha ang 17 years old ng NBi clearance. Complete naman po ako sa requirement na valid school ID and NSO Birth certificate. The purpose of the clearance is for local employment. ↵↵Thank you

  • Good day si mam..↵If ever po ba na nung first time mo na kumuha ng NBI eh may HINT the next time po na kumuha ulit ako eh ganun pa din Ang mangyayari, I mean mag aappear po ba ulit sa record ko na my HINT kahit na verify na last time… Thank you hoping for your response …

  • nakapag filled up na po ako ng clearance, ask ko lang po kung ano ang hahanapin sa akin pagpunta ko sa any nbi office para mag proseso ng online clearance ko?

  • Paano po ung local na nbi clearance kapag gagawing abroad na clearance, pwede po ba un? Sandali lang po ba ung processing time nun? kasi may hit aku dati, pero last week lang naman ung sa nbi ku na local.

    • Sa aking opinion at pagkakaalam, parang umulit ka din ng application sa gagawin mo. Kung ilang oras at ilang araw ka nagproseso sa una mong nbi clearance. Ganon din po ang mangyayari.

  • Hello po good pm.. Last month po kumuha ako NBI for Local purpose, makakakuha ba ako this month for travel abroad purpose? kasi magre-renew po ako ng passport.. Pwede ba kumuha ng dalawang copy NBI clearance?

    • Of Course! Kahit ilan pa po gusto mo. kahit magkakaiba pa ng purpose (travel, Local, Business requirement and etc…). May bayad nga lang po bawat isa. mas maganda kung kukuha ka po, kumuha ka na ng higit sa isang kopya upang maiwasan ang paulit ulit na pag pila.

  • Hi sir madam,↵ Good morning po. Ask ko lang po kapag kukuha po ng NBI clearance ung husband ko po na foreigner. . Saan po kami kukuha para sabay na kami.. for permanent residency na po kasi iaapply nya dito sa pinas. And one of his requirements is just to have NBI clearance para mapasa sa immigration po. Makukuha po ba right away once we process our NBI? thank you! More appreciated for your response. .

  • Help Me Please . Give Me Suggestion .↵Ang Problem ko po kasi Renewal ko po yung NBI Clearance ko . papapalitan ko po sya ng Travel To Abroad At Yung Middle Name Nagkamali Ng Letter ? Ano Po Ang Dapat Kong Gawin ? Pasig Area Po Ako . Ano Po Ang Malapit Na Branch ? Thanks.

    • same lang din. kung paano mo ginawa dati, ganon pa din but this time select travel abroad or travel purposes at yung tamang middle name na ang ilagay mo.

  • Hi!↵I am a foreigner and need to get the NBI clearance. (I do not remember getting any NBI certificate while leaving Philippines although I had applied during my previous stay.) I do not intend to fly back to Philippines just to get the certificate. Please advise.

    • Go to the Philippine embassy in your country and they should be able to assist you. Usually, they still will require your fingerprints stamped on an inkpad which your countrys national police department can provide. Sometimes, signature cards may also be required. You will then submit the fingerprint and signature cards together with notarized copies of your identification (dont forget to affix your signature on the photocopy), application form, processing fee, shipping fee, clear ID picture (usually 2×2 or passport size, with white background). Just prepare the mentioned requirements in case you need them. Philippine bureaucracy can get so tedious. Next, you may have to wait a month or more for your clearance to arrive. There may be an express option should you need it very soon but of course, you will pay more. You might be given a claim stub with the date and time when your form will be ready for collection. You may then pick-up your nbi clearance form at a specified date or have it shipped to your home address.

  • i want to get the NBI clearance because that is one of the requirements of getting the SIRB (Seafarers Identification Record Book) or seamans book

  • Good office, my representative brought my documents together with my fingertips in Baguio NBI field office and they refuse to process they said should be in Manila. Also they disapproved my fingertips form I used ( canada police office fingerprints form ) what I know some kababayan here they used police form here not the nbi form. Can I used online application abroad? I think link above can only application local only if you are in Philippines? Thank you for immediate response, more power!

  • Hey, just want to ask, are you the legit NBI Clearance? If yes, just wondering, I am a bit surprised this is one of the stems of the Government but you are placing derogatory remarks such as the one below↵↵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”.↵↵No offense but I think you should remove this. Just to be safe and your not the one duping more bucks from us the Filipino people.↵↵I hope you can clarify this.

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