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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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 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.

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

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How To Apply NBI Clearance Online

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  • Crisol yabut tsai says:

    Hi,goodmorning! can i ask if can i used my before ids when i was single?or ids without my husbands surname?Because i am married woman now since nov.2015.tnx

  • JAMAICA says:

    ANU PO MANGYAYARI PAGNADOBLE YONG APPLICATION MO ONLINE?

    • eduardo m sinuto jr says:

      ANU PO MANGYAYARI PAGNADOBLE YONG APPLICATION MO ONLINE?

      • Shawee says:

        wala. ok lng yan. gusto mo tatluhin mo pa eh.

  • mharvz says:

    hindi po bang gawing online na din ang pagbabayad. para po padala na lang po, lalo na po sa mga nanggagaling sa malalayong lugar?

  • Ma. Jessalyn C. Penecilla says:

    apply new nbi

  • margie says:

    good day!! NBI ask ko lang po sana kung kailangan pa po ba ng police clearance for applying NBI for travel abroad?

  • Carlos virgilio hernandez potente says:

    Can you help me get nbi clearance

  • adora sayson says:

    i forgot my verification code po, panu po gagawin ko? tnx

  • LACE Arizala says:

    Hello po. If I applied for an NBI clearance for the first time & I applied it online. Saan po nearest branch ako pwde magclaim? From caloocan Monumento po ako

    • d says:

      sa northmall 4th floor meron na try mo na?

  • Hazel says:

    I just applied for my NBI clearance today. I suggest going to Robinsons Otis since its relatively unknown less people in line. I arrived before 3pm and was done in 15 minutes. ↵↵Also, make sure to do the online application. :)↵↵PS – as much as possible, dont go to QC Hall. Its extremely crowded and cutoff time is very early since some people line up as early as 4am.

    • Randel says:

      You were right, lines are not that long in robinsons Manila Otis, did arrived at 03:00pm oct13,2014, did the online application, BUT the realease of all the applicants before and after me, approximately 20pax before me and 15pax after me,was marked for Oct17,2014. Disappointing that I needed to wait for 5days, considering I did the online application. ↵↵Thanks for the tip hazel it is more convinient going to the mall, ambiance is cool and I did not wait too long for my turn

  • Seed Bunye says:

    I only have my TIN number (not the ID) and school ID. Will that Suffice?

  • Jackielyn Mag alasin Balaoro says:

    I need to get NBI because it requires to the company i work with.

  • gie de fiesta says:

    bumilis na po ba processing especially sa mga nagfile online. Kung pareho pa rin na mahaba ang pila…ano po kayang araw ang medyo maluwag at saang site…mag-file po kase ako ng leave para makarenew ng nbi clearance ko.↵salamat po.

  • james olegario says:

    Hi. Good Day.
    I just recently applied for my renewal of NBI Clearance. I want to know the validity for that because it just happen that I cant leave the house due to sickness. Hoping for the reply asap. Thanks. God Bless.

  • Florante M. Magallon says:

    how can i get my nbi clearance

  • jonila rimando says:

    pano kung ako maglalakad ng NBI ng ate ko nsa abroad kasi siya puwede po bayun ?? ano po mga kailangan

  • Janine says:

    Do you also need police clearance to get Nbi clearance? Thanks.

    • jhoen says:

      You dont need a police clearance to get an NBI Clearance.

      • Jovit says:

        puede bang personal copy lng ipresent pag kumuha ng passport?

  • John Pauline Quilantang says:

    Open po ba kayo ngayon? And kung sa UN ave. po ba kumuha kailangan dun padin babalikan? Di po ba pwedeng sa mga robinson na lang? Thank you.

  • raffy concepcion says:

    pwd poh vah kumuha ng nbi claerance n yaer book ang gagamiting valid id

  • aljon palmeria says:

    panu ma download ung form

  • michelle Garcia says:

    how to fill up the form NBI

  • Marilou Victoriano says:

    Just want to ask if need pa ba ng minor kumuha ng NBI as a requirements sa pagkuha ng passport?Hope to hear from you soon..

  • edwin says:

    open kaya yung nbi sa las piñas or UN

  • Criselle Torres says:

    Paano po bang mag fill up ng form online? Dko po kc mahanap eh.

  • John Michael C. Virgo says:

    How to registered and fill up online

  • Fe Bacayo says:

    Hi there,↵ Im here in Australia right now and I need to get my NBI clearance. How can I get one that NBI office need my fingerprints and any personal appearance? Please let me know of what Im going to do because I really need it for my visa. Thank you.

  • christian custodio says:

    Ask ko lang po. Pwede na bang makakuha ng nbi ang 17 years old going 18 years old. Kase mag 18 years old na sya this year. Pahelp naman po. Need ko lang po ng verification. As soon as possible. Kase kelangan na po. Thanks in advance…. GOd bless….

  • Rene v Abonales says:

    How to registered and fill up online

    • Kelvin cloyd says:

      Helo.. good day, pano ko maka kuha ng applicationform sa onle ng nbi clearance, medyo malayo samin kasi ang nbi office…plz reply..

  • Janine Infiesto says:

    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..

  • Axel Vent says:

    have progress!thumbs up

  • Cesario O. Miranda jr says:

    Panu po kumuha ng nbi online po

  • jeffree jay tan says:

    Pano po kumuha ng n.b.i sa online!?

  • mesach tayab says:

    pls help panu kumuha ng n.b.i through online…

  • jeih jimenez says:

    Good Afternoon, nakapag fill out na ko ng form online, pero bakit ayaw gumana ng PRINT APPLICATION button. Kahit magpalit ako ng browser ko. Paano ko yun ma print out. Thanks

  • Roy says:

    Hello po,↵Andito ako sa UK nag apply ng nbi clearance sa Philippine Embassy sa London. Nag fingerprinting na ako, attached na ang 2×2 picture na may stamp at signature sa Consul. Sabi ng embassy personnell na isend ko daw ang form sa Pilipinas para ipa file ko daw yung application ko by a representative. Ang tanong ko lang is ano ba ang kailangan kong isulat sa authorization letter ko para sa aking representative. Are there any other requirements? Would it be better if I completed an online application as well? ↵Thank you very much…

  • DULCE MARIE MANUEL says:

    HELO PO ASK KO LANG PO ANO PO YUNG ILALAGAY SA PURPOSE DETAIL KASI FOR ABROAD YUNG NBI KUKUNIN KO REQUIREMENT PARA KUKUHA NG PASSPORT FOR ABROAD WHAT SHOULD I DO? THANK U

    • jhoen says:

      May mga choices na country if kung wala ung country sa choices you have to put a TRAVEL ABROAD.

  • Amelyn G. Tabinas says:

    Legaspi NBI

  • abegale flores jugno says:

    good afternoon po↵paano ko po makukuha ung nbi↵ko po ..?

  • vboi says:

    i only have one ID so i need another. and i have a photocopy of my NSO Birth certificate. will this be accepted? or i still need to get a original NSO birth certificate? PLEASE REPLY RESPONSE ASAP. PLEASE

    • jhoen says:

      Sa requirements walang nka lagay n photo copy kya mas maganda kung Original ang ipresent mo.

  • Melodia Bogol Detchos says:

    paano ko malaman ang sagot nyo po

  • Melodia Bogol Detchos says:

    paano mgrenew ng nbi online pls help me

  • Melodia Bogol Detchos says:

    i need nbi for using the bank requirments

    • Melodia Bogol Detchos says:

      renewal nbi requirments

  • ma.jenrose quitalig cadano says:

    i want to apply nbi clearance

  • Ann Gonzaga says:

    In the case of misplaced renewed clearance, can we have it reprinted? No problem if we will be required to pay again as long as we dnt have to wait for therelease date since the name as what some are complaining has been tagged as hit list despite of being clean records. Thanks

  • arz says:

    Yung sa renewal.Paano kung wala na yung previous copy ng NBI?Di ko rin naman alam ang previous no. ko po.

  • Dennis L. Franilla says:

    Good evening. Im done with my online NBI Application and I already printed it. Do I still need to present it do the NBI Outlet? or the printed documents from online applications can be considered as valid? Please send me an E-mail regarding this matter. Thank you so much!

    • Jazen Belila says:

      Good morning! I already made my nbi online application, & got the copy of the code. Whats the next step when I go to the NBI ofc to pick up my clearance?

  • marjon says:

    pano po kumuha ng NBI online???

  • Allan Liquit cahoy says:

    Maam paki ayos po. Ng form wala na mang lumabas…pwd po ba send u nlng sa email ko.

  • Jane says:

    Hi, My husband need NBI Clearance hes planning to work abroad, last 2006 may na-issue na sa kanya na for Local employment lang pwede ba pa sya i-renew then change for working abroad purposes? Or we need to apply for a new one?↵↵Hoping for quick response.↵Thanks!

  • Louise Tandoc says:

    Good afternoon, when I went to our nearest bayad center they are looking for a form. As far as what Ive understand, you need to pay first before you can access and print the form. What kind of form is it that they need?

  • RONELIO D. REDUCTO says:

    GANDANG HAPON