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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  • wilfredo mario lontoc baradas says:

    Should my daughter who is 11 years old get nbi clearance for immigrant visa for USA?

  • Roden del rosario says:

    Ask ko kung hindi n pwedeng gamitin ang personal copy ng nbi record to submit on prospect employer hindi p namn kasi expired… kung hindi n valid, may i request a copy only pra hindi n ako mas maglaan ng oras s nbi branch.? Pls advise me. Thanks.

  • dominga says:

    I want to Renew my NBI pls

  • Mylena C. Baltazar says:

    Maam sir..,tanong ko lang po kung pwede Ipa recorect yung middle name ko..,need kona po kasi agad for passport…thanks po kailangan ko po sagot nio.. merry Christmas & Happy new year!

  • ciara says:

    I would like to ask if its okay if I present a photocopy of my NSO Birth Certificate? Thanks

    • jhoen says:

      its better to present your original NSO Birth Certificate.

  • Darry Khen Belonio says:

    Ung online application pde po ba un sa lahat ng area or sa Manila lng?↵↵Thanks!

  • abegale flores jugno says:

    good afternoon po ,↵pano ko po makukuha ung nbi ↵dba po my number↵san po ako kukuha ng number ..?

  • Antonia says:

    At Isa pa bakit na hit ako. Never pa ko kumuha Ng nbi clearance.. Beside its my first time. Bakit? Kung kapangalan ko sha, bakit? Pariho ba kami Ng magulang at apilido? Walang kwenta talaga! Sayang oras at pagod Lang talaga. Ayusin niyo Yan nagtatrabaho Sa NBI

    • The Day says:

      Kung nagbasa basa ka muna bago ka magreact ng ganyan.. eh di sana alam mo na ang sagot. Alam ko ang sagot sa tanong mo pero hindi ko sasabihin. hahahaha

  • Antonia says:

    Hi, pwede po BAng makuha ang nbi ko kahit lagpas na Sa date na binigay sakin? Kasi po na namesake ako or hit. So pinapabalik nila ako noong Sep. 24 ang kaso Hindi ko po napuntahan dahil may emergencing nangyari. Pwede ko pa po bang makuha o puntahan dun anytime? At bakit ang hirap hirap kumuha Ng nbi clearance Sa Quezon city hall? Pwede bang bigyan nyon Ng pansin Yan?

  • jona says:

    nakakalito ang online application ninyo hindi ko makuha sana isa lang ang lumalabas kapag search ang nbi online application hindi yong marami lumalabas

  • chupengme says:

    Paano kung walang valid I.d?

  • allison L. calles says:

    Gudafternun po… Ask ko lng po paano po mag apply ng visa seaman..

  • demetri melicor says:

    Good day.. ↵ Mm Sr. NSO AT VOTERS CERT. lang meron ako pwede po ba makakukuha NBI for abroad?

  • Romnick says:


  • Honey says:

    bakit ganon sa calamba, dapat may online registration pa tas magbabayad pa ng 20php then wala naman itong receipt then magbabayad na ng P115

  • Cj claro says:

    Nagrequest po ako ng nbi clearance last sept 5 2016. Pwede ko pa ba makuha yun on monday?

  • Marive Josol Tumilap says:

    I need to renew my NBI clearance for the purposes for applying my permanent resident here in Canada .Can u please advice me how can i manage to renew my NBI clearance while I am working here in canada at this moment. Please send info to my email mentioned above.↵↵Thanks

  • Christine Dorotheo says:

    Good afternoon. Meron po akong tanong. What if po kung mag-apply po ako ng isang NBI clearance for two purposes? In my case po, dalawa talaga purpose ko, para po sa ID purposes and for work purposes. Pwede po ba yon mangyari? Thank you po…

    • The Day says:

      pwede po yun.

  • Doven says:

    panu po kumuwa ng nbi clearance online

  • Eve Uypuanco says:

    WHERE IS THE GUIDE MENTIONED HERE IN YOUR ARTICLE ABOVE ?????↵↵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.↵↵IS THERE A GUIDE? IF SO, WHERE IS IT?↵VERY BAD MISTAKE FOR ANY WEBSITE, AND ESPECIALLY ONE THAT CLAIMS TO OFFER GOVT. INFORMATION !!!

  • vivien ramos says:

    kAYA nga baka pedeng mag walk in na lng

  • Jeric says:

    Pwede pa din ba mag walk in para maka kuha ng NBi? ang gulo kase sa online ah di tulad dati papa print lang tapos punta na nbi picture tapos. ngayon ang gulo na po kasde e. reply please thanks~

  • Carina says:

    Is NBI clearance for travel abroad the same with NBI clearance?

  • VinaCruzPaliza says:

    help me nmn po hindi po ako makapag online ng NBI clearance on line.panu po ba mag online at san ko mahahanap ang application form

  • Leo dela Cruz says:

    Can I use my old NBI Clearance as reference, even if it was issued several years ago? Is it really 8-working days to get the Clearance if there is HIT?

    • Paul says:

      sa nakita ko sa mga comments parang ang daming may hit? nakakapagtaka lang dahil ilan beses na ako kumukuha ng NBI clearance never ako nagkaroon ng hit at mag aantay pa ng mahigit isang linggo para makuha ang clearance..kumuha ako dito sa NBI clearance ng 9 17 dito sa sta rosa laguna at pinapabalik ako ng 28? same din kuya ko kumuha ng clearance at may hit daw sya..very weird lang..daig mo pa nanalo sa lotto sa ilan milyon na tao sa Pinas ikaw pa nagkaroon ng hit?


    panu po kumuha ng application for RENEWAL para sa NBI TY PO.

  • jiear says:

    pwde po ako kumuha ng NBI clearance

  • jiear says:

    KUkuha NG NBI clearance


    how to apply online, and how long will it take to claim? and where can I claim it after applying online?

    • Paul says:

      you can apply online at, mag register ka lang at enter ng information tapos click mo date at branch kung saan ka magpapa schedule after that may payment option na lalabas kung online or bayad center ka magbabayad tapos may lalabas na reference no. (print or screenshot mo) after mo mag select. Kapag nakabayad ka na punta ka lang sa branch na pinili mo at kung AM or PM sched mo..dalhin mo yung copy na may reference kapag pupunta ka at pagdating mo ipakita mo lang yung copy at isang government issued id, may ipapasulat sayo sa maliit na papel ng name mo at cp no. mo (if my memory serves me right) then proceed na sa photo capture biometrics. Kung wala ka hit ang alam ko makukuha mo din agad pero kapag meron kelangan mo pa mag-antay ng 1 week. Sana nakatulong ako sayo 🙂

  • vivien ramos says:

    bakit po ganun ? hindi naman gumagana ung website ng NBI Clearance ndi nman nila sinesend samin ung verification sa email namin , so pano namin ipaprocess o babayaran kung ndi nagsesend nang verification sa email .. tinatawagan ko rin ung number dun sa help desk Out of coverage daw .. ano ba yan akala ko ba mas mabilis ngayon ? ayosin nyo dapat yan , ilang araw na ako nagaantay na maisend sa akin ung verification hanggang ngyon wala pa rin .. ? please sagutin nyo naman ako salamat…..

  • Mark Anthony Canoy says:

    pwede po ba voters certificate instead of voters ID?

  • Jennifer Gadat says:

    My son is an online applicant when he claimed his clearance and got home he didnt notice that the month of his birth is april instead of march. He claimed his clearance at robinsons imus. He went back for correction but there seemed to be prob. They were about to close the office for some reasons that we do not know. What are the things to do to have a new clearance. Can I claim myself the clearance on behalf of my son… or if he go to other nbi office where would it be and would they reprint a correct clearance or does he need to reapply online? Thank u. Your response is highly appreciated.

  • Justin N Navera says:

    pano po magpaserve ng NBI clearance para pagponta jan magbabayad nlang.?

  • Lilian says:

    Hi po…Im working overseas & needed NBI clearance.Naisend ko na po sa nephew ko mga kelangan sa pagkuha ng NBI clearance.Sabi po ng Phil Consulate dito sa HK,around P200 babayaran pro P300+ ang kinuha taz walang binigay na resibo. Aabutin pa daw ng 3 weeks bago makuha result at itetext nlng daw sila.Check ko online NBI sites about sa pagkuha ng clearance & parang me mali e.Clarification lng po.Ble sa Dagupan po nag submit ng papers ko ang nephew ko.Thanks po sa urgent reply if ever.

  • edith palangeo mamaril says:

    hello po sir maam-greetings. gusto k pong mag-apply ng NBI clearance travel abroad.

  • richard balane says:

    pano kumoha

  • jedel barawel says:

    im applying for my nbi clearance

  • nel says:

    ano po ibig sabihin ng acr?

  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    I am British, about to Marry a Filipino girl in Manila next month. October 15. Do I need a NBI Clearance or not. What are the advantages? I plan to stay and live in Leyte.

  • Allan O. Pascual says:

    Im applying for my NBI for abroad.i only have valid passport and valid birth certificate but i dont have cedula

  • Kiran Sonawane says:

    Respected Sir Madam,↵ This Kiran Sonawane, looking for job in abroad, for that I have Passport, but I dont have NBI, So how would I get NBI clearance in India ? Please provide me the location and expense about NBI clearance. I am waiting for your reply…….

  • larell says:

    Panu poh if nag asawa nah..ung surname n poh b ng asawa ung gagamitin..nkakuha n poh aq dati way back 2012 poh at single pa ko that need ko ulit ng nbi clearance because one requirements xa ng prc para mkakuha ng board..wat should i do poh..and wat are the requirements needed

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  • kendra says:

    alin po ba don ang kailangan nming i PRINT at dalhin sa NBI centrers???

  • Jessica Tria says:

    pno poh b mag apply ng nbi clearance online

  • Jerome Sarvida says:

    how can I apply for NBI Clearance when im outside the country?

  • bernardo ereno cuerda jr says:

    how to apply

  • erika curaming says:

    paano po kung hnd po nakarating nung ngsched ang nbi ng releasing date ko.nung aug 25 po until now hindi ko papo nababalikan pwd ko pa po ba itong balikan bukas para kunin.naging busy po kasi ako for the past few days

    • sanierico lopena says:

      any time pwede mo iang balikan,.,.basta huwag mo lang iwala ang reciept ng nbi clearance mo.,.

  • Mark Joseph P Cuer says:

    its is very important to know if you a case in this barangay not also barangay but also nationwide clearance to you and to know your sir maam your history of being a good or bad citizen to your country ..

  • Ehmz Morante says:

    Any information for the age limit? In applying for New NBI clearance, one of the requirements are the previous nbi clearance is this applicanle fir the old applicant or for the new ones?