How to Apply for NBI Clearance

September 30, 2018 10:21 am

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, January 14, 2020

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 Online Registration 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 NBI 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
  • 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 Online 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 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.

For the latest and updated guide on How to apply for NBI Clearance Online in 2019, please read this recently published article.

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

How To Apply NBI Clearance Online

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  • Sophia Elmido says:

    hello, I was just curious. So 2 valid Ids lng po at saka form? how about cedula, brgh clearance and police clearance? arent they included? medyo naguguluhan po ako kasi yung ibang nag aaply kino consider nila ito. where can I find the source of this article so that I can very it po.

  • joel says:

    sa ginagawa nyu pinahihirapan nyu lang ung mga tao, ang hirap pa hanapin ng site nyu gusto nyu mapadali trabaho nyu …. dapat sabihin nyu kung saang site dapat pumunta at kung anu gagawin para di mukang tanga ung mga taong kagaya ko na first time mag oonline regester…

    • marj says:

      Hindi kasalanan ng NBI kung hindi mo mahanap site nila, pwede ka namang magtanong ng maayos sa kanila at ibibigay nila sayo un, andaming resources na pwedeng gamitin pero mas pinili mong dumakdak dyan na parang kinawawa dahil lang sa di mo mahanap ang site nila. First time mo pa lang mag-online register bakit di mo muna pinaghandaan? ano yun NBI pa mismo magsusupply sayo ng detalye? Aba magaling

  • Bernadette Anglo says:

    Bukas na po ba ang mga nbi office sa january 5 ??? salamat po

  • arjay says:

    pano po ba kumuha NBI ?

  • leah orozco says:

    pls.allow me to filled up my nbi form

  • Delio Fieror Dolado says:

    where can we access or get an application form?

  • isaac abueva says:

    how can i have a NBI clearance form ?> trough internet?

  • johnny.c.cruz says:

    why i cant access to your online application

  • Jen says:

    Why I cant access to your online application!?

  • Liza L. Mariscal says:

    This is my first time to get an NBI Clearance and curious as i am, i would like to ask if an authorization letter is okay, are our personal signatures not needed in the application at NBI Centers?

  • kenneth francisco biron aporto says:

    Pano po kung wala po akong NSO tapos isa lang po ang aking valid i.d…anu po bang dapat kung gawin para makakuha parin po ng NBI clearance.kase po ang NSO ko po ay hindi pa po narehistro kaya ang gagawin ko po ang ipapa late register ko po.. kase po ang nasasakin lang po ay.. 1.high school report card 2.old live birth i.d anu po bang maganda kung gawin para makakuha parin ng NBI.. salamat po… 4.high school good moral

  • Quirino Aguilar Bon says:

    Please allow me to filled out the form of my nbi

  • Sheila Pajarillo says:

    Meron po ba branch pwede makuha agad ung nbi clearance 1day? Need help po.

  • michaela orilla says:

    GoodmorninG po Sir Maam ask kO LanG pO. KasE pO nunG unanG kuhA kO pO nG nBi nag ka mali po akO sa paG fill up nG apelyedO kO pO pweDe pO b yun baguhin na LanG yunG halimbawaa pO yunG ilalagay kO pO sa next fill up kO or sa sunOd na pag kuha kO ng nbi ay yunG tamanG apelyidO kO . PO Salmat po at happy new year.

  • allan abad says:

    good day ano po requirement pra maikuha ko ng nbi ang asawa ko n nsa canada,,, need po nya ng nbi pra sa pr application

    • Concerned lang me says:

      I believe they can apply through the Philippine Embassy. Check there.

  • Holly says:

    Pano po pag nawala ang receipt ng pinagbayaran ko for nbi sa 711???

  • Matthew C thulin says:

    Were can I pay for my overstated fee at your embassy in California and will that get me off the list

  • Matthew C thulin says:

    Were can I pay for my overstayed fee in the us I tried to go back there and pay them they wouldnt let me

  • Sam says:

    What if po wla tlaga valid id nso lng ang meron ani po pdi gwin?

  • Nabila Hewitt says:

    Good evening ask lng po kung need p ng 7 years old n kumuha ng NBI for passport requirements?

  • abe says:

    Good day po ..pano po makakapag apply ng NBI clearance nung taong nasa canada po..what are the pano po ang process and magkano po ang fee neto…God bless

  • joyvie alfelor says:

    morning poh pwede poh ba mkakuh ng nbi khit nakulong sya ng 1araw lng kc nka pag pyansa nmn poh ska natapos n poh ung kaso..salamat

  • Romilyn u Parojinog says:

    What will I do to get nbi clearance for abroad inspite that I already get nbi clearance local..

  • verzel manares says:

    kukuha po ako nag nbi

  • Hannah Tiaba says:

    the website doest work how can we apply for nbi clearance if there is “no appointment no entry policy” please be a consistent with the policies and services you give. the numbers given in your website cant be reach. why?

  • Jenelyn Caturan Buctuan says:

    Las pinas city hall

  • Alexander Yabes Casela says:

    mabuhay President Duterte, ito ang nakita kung pinakamaganda sa buong mundo ang NBI online. THANK YOU verry much

    • Achim Lemmerich says:

      Gago! Gloria Arroyo palang, may ganito na.

  • maryjoy camille says:

    Good day po maam sir mag aaply po sana ako ng NBI CLEARANCE fOr abroad I have (1)VALID ID pwede na po ba yun or need ko pa po kumuha ng isa pang valid 1 ?

  • Maria Rizza Villaluna says:

    Hi there. Im about to apply for NBI Clearance but im confuse of what name i will use put. Is it my single name which is what is written in my birth certificate or my name as married? Hope you can response on my query soon. Thank you.

  • Richard Verdera Perez says:

    mam sir,,meron na po akong NBI clearance,kya lng po sobra tagal na po nun,,mag aaply po ba ulit ako ng new NBI clearance or renewal nlng po? tyaka po,.sa online po ba pwede makakuha ng form for new NBI clearance?

  • jovit garcia says:

    i would like to get NBI clearance online where should i get the application form to fill up

  • Anna Mae says:

    Can I get multiple copies of NBI clearance per one application?

  • verna meneses says:

    what if i have old NBI and its already expire last this january i need to take a online again?

  • R-jay Venturillo says:

    Good day po, ask ko lang po, ano gagawin kapag may dash (-) po yung first name ? kasi po ayaw po sya tanggapin pag nagsign up po ako online, ito po lumalabas: The first name may only contain letters and spaces. Thank you po and God bless.

  • christine barruga says:

    mam sir how to apply the renewal of my nbi clearance

  • Adi says:

    Live abroad where is information to get nbi when not living in philippines. You say read this guide but there is no guide and how can you get nbi when abroad. This year 2017 about time application and receiving should done all online without attendance especially those abroad

  • Maricel E. Sondo says:

    Hi good afternoon, what the fast website NBI online?

  • daniel adlawan says:

    Do i need to have a police clearance to be presented in the nbi office when going thier? I need a response asap please.

  • Malou Magdaraog says:

    sir maam, can I ask? can you deliver my NBI clearance here in Allen through LBC? how much will I pay?

  • Norvie Cruz Linantud says:

    Hi! May nbi na po ako kaya many single pako nun. 15 yrs ago ng naissue un. For renewal pa po ba ako o new application na. Is it really a requirement for passport application? Thanx!

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  • jules says:

    I have only one valid i.d. its my student i.d. im an undergraduate and Im applying for a local job. anong gagawin ko??????

    • Zezima says:

      Try getting an SSS ID or NSO Birth Certificate

  • newreh says:

    Pwede po ba ma-change yung purpose kasi yung napili ko sa online for passport renewal eh pipiliin ko po sana to travel abroad..pls reply tnx.

  • windylita salvacion says:

    i would like to get NBI clearance online where should i get the application form to fill up

  • Diana Villasanta says:

    I would like to inquire about nbi sundry too. There is almost no information about that and its difficult to find as well on the net. Can i apply on any nbi office or only on specific nbi offices. How much is it and any requirements I should bring.if i go to the nbi, will i just tell them it for nbi sundry application? I still have to have it red ribboned at dfa. I would be needing it for working abroad. Thank you very much.

  • Bebelyngicalecaitum says:

    apply for nbi clearance online

  • mary rose garcia says:

    Hi tanong ko lang po kung pwede na kumuha kahit 17 palang ,bali mag 18 palang ,??this october.

  • mildred says:

    Gudmorning po nag online po AQ yesterday pra s nbi clearance q after qpo mai print ung dragonpay payment instruction nagbyad po AQ s SM BAYADCENTER ang kya LNG po until now WL ppo AQ nrerecive n confirmation ng payments q

  • alian says:

    I would like to get NBI Clearance In UAE Please guide me about it, and where i should go for NBI Clearance?

    • jina leones says:

      I would like to get NBI clearance online where should I get a application form to fill up .

  • Caramel says:

    Plz inform me about nbi clearance process in UAE?

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