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.

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!

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1,058 comments

  • i accidentally closed the link, and i didnt copy my registration code or either didnt save it. what should i do?

  • I was single from the last time I acquired NBI Clearance approximately 10 or more years ago. Do I need to submit Marriage Contract Certificate for my requirements?

  • Hi possible po ba makakuha ako ng nbi clearance if ung applicant is absent? Papadalan lang niya ko ng finger print niya at picture?

  • Hi good morning maam sir.ask ko lang po sa dagupan office nyu po ba.okai lang po ba khit 2 valid i.d lang po ipakita ko khit wala ng NSO???.hindi pa po kasi ako nakakakuha ulit ng NSO ko eh need kuna po ng NBI clearance(for abroad po).by Jan 04 2016 po sna punta ko sa nbi dagupan ofice po.

  • Good day! I just wanna ask if i can get my sisters nbi clearance with her authorization.? Coz im getting it her in tagbilaran city, bohol and the inchrge here told me that nbi clearance should all be request to manila andauthorization letter is not already allowed, as wat they have said. Hope i can received response on this matter.. Thanks.

  • good day po s inyo dto ako ako ngaun s australia nkakuha npo ako ng form ng nbi dto s philippine embsay dto hopefully po pg nareceive ng anak ko ung form na un maprocess po agad at mkuha nya ng mdli ung nbi ko jn s pinas kc me due date po na ibinigay ang immigration dto s ken more power po s inyo at mbuhay po kau.slmat po ng mrami.God bless po.

  • Good Day Sir, I would like to ask if pag renewal ng NBI Clearance for travel what are the requirements needed how long does it take do you have express processing I still have my old CLEARANCE with me. Thank you

    • Ask ko lang po ok lang po ba photocopy yung pasport ko for valid i.d? if hindi po pwde ahm pwde po ung authenticated NSO birth certificate? Nasa agency ko po kasi ung pasport ko. Tnx po 🙂

  • Hello! I am living at Suriname, South America and my employer asking me an updated NBI clearance. How can I have one without returning to the Philippines?↵↵Your immediate reply is highly appreciated!

  • Greetings! I am about to renew my NBI, but the online system would not allow me to Sign In because I have no middle name. A pop-up would usually come out saying that the middle name may only contain letters and spaces. I had no problem with it during the application process ( I only left it with a dash sign and it processed successfully). But the online renewal system would no longer allow me to edit my information under my my NBI ID number, hence I cannot sign in again and print a new form to show your good office. Thank you and I hope for an immediate response on my concern.

    • Hi Marsh, Im not sure bakit wala kang “middle name”. Sa pagkakaintindi ko kasi sa Middle Name na hinihingi ng NBI Clearance Application ay yung Apelyido ng iyong Nanay< b>.

  • Question po, if I lost my certificate original copy. Do I need an affidavit of loss before I can have it re-printed in any branch? Thank you.

  • A frind of mine is already working somewhere in Qatar. He has resigned from his job and have applied for a new one in which he was accepted. Unfortunately, the employer is requiring him for a copy of his NBI Clearance with the RED ribbon from DFA. Now he is asking me to apply for him. How am i supposed to go about this.↵↵thank you and hope to receive a reply from you soonest

  • Ilang arw po b pwdng hnd kunin ang nbi clearance?my hit kc ako tpos pnapablik ako nxt wik.pwd b n kht after 2 wiks kna lng kunin ung nbi clearance k?tnx po.sna my sumgot

  • a follow up question, The only valid ID that i have here is my SSS universal ID, based on the website, “UMID a.k.a. Unified Multi-purpose ID is the single ID card for all SSS, GSIS, Pagibig and Philhealth members” does this mean I dont need to bring several other IDs in getting an NBI clearance since this covers all four that is stated as one of the few valid IDs you can provide?

  • hi maam sir have a nice day it is neccessary to bring brgy and police clearance and birth certificate i have already two valid id as mentioned above thank you

  • good day po,new applicant po ako at isang ofw sa hong kong,ang purpose po ng pag obtain ko nbi clearance for immigration to Canada,nagpunta po ako sa Phil Consulate Hk para kumuha ng form at para sa fingerprint pero ang sabi ng staff doon ay kailangan ko muna magpakita ng proof ng pangangailangan ko ng nbi clearance.di ko po maintindihan kung bakit nila need un

  • Maiden name po ba talaga ang lalabas sa clearance kahit married na? Kasi yung online application ko eh married name naman ang ginamit ko. Tinanong ko po yung staff ang sabi ganun talaga kasi nakalagay naman dun na married at yung husbands name. Pero ang embassy ang gusto gamit ko yung married name. Ano po ba talaga?

  • Good day. I am happy that NBI is going techky. I just have a concern and I dont know how my purpose would reflect on the NBI form. I would like to correct my name on local registry. However, they required me to get an NBI indicating the purpose “For Change of Name” How do I go about this?

  • It has taken more time of processing online, i resulted having it followed up by my relative in Manila. And it had cost me 10x more than i would have expected. 🙁

  • Hello to nbi, ask ko lang po kung anong klaseng affidavit letter ang kelangan ko? Affidavit letter n may attorney or a simlpe letter is okay? Kasi po andito ako sa qatar mag rerenew ako ng nbi my mother she is the one who will fix there in phils. Thank you so much for the help.

  • 1369 Quiricada street santa cruz manila ako po ay mag rernnio ng NBI clearance upang gamitin sa trabaho maraming salamat po

  • Is it possible to get renew an NBI Clearance on which the applicant is nowe working abroad and want to renew NBI Clearance. Is it possible that a representative to process the clearance on his behaft> What are the representative will bring needs to process? thank you.

  • thanks for the info….may i ask, does children kids ages 16, 10 and 9 are required to get NBI clearances? we are about to migrate in the US….thanks….

  • I need an NBI clearance of my estranged & missing husband – even his family doesnt have any idea of his whereabouts for 2-3years↵It is a requirement for canada application – can I get it for him?↵If not, any document NBI can furnish me with this regard?↵Appreciate your urgent reply

    • Im sorry pero nacurious lang ako sa question mo. Ill try to answer your question. pero basahin mo dinng mabuti yung mga sasabihin ko. May mga gusto lang akong ipoint out.↵↵1. Hindi pwedeng kumuha ng NBI Clearance ang isang tao na para sa isang tao.Yun tipong, Si Juan ang kukuha ng NBI Clearance ni Pedro. Hindi po pwede yun!< b>↵↵2. Sabi mo po “I need an NBI clearance of my estranged & missing husband”< I> at “It is a requirement for canada application – can I get it for him?”< I> Tanong lang, sino ang gustong magapply sa CANADA? Ikaw ba o ang asawa mo? Requirement po ba talaga yun sa visa application? Missing po ang asawa nyo (gaya nga ng sabi nyo), hindi po pwede na kayo ang kumuha. Sino po ang pipicturan at mag ba biometrics sa NBI Clearance na iisue? hindi po pwedeng kayo din ung nasa pic. dapat po talaga sya.↵↵3. “If not, any document NBI can furnish me with this regard?”< I> – Lawyer po yata ang dapat nyong kausapin pag dating sa ganito at hindi NBI.

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