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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  • Joselito Laput says:

    How to renew NBI Clearance?

    • Jenaline garcia says:

      Kukunan po sana ako Ng nbi clearance for work

  • Lilia Jamito-Macabasco says:

    are you operating GCQ area.

  • Janna Hernandez says:


    I would like to get NBI CLEARANCE for the application of my citizenship.
    Can I get this in Lucena City Quezon province?
    Or should I go to main office in Manila?

    Thank you so much for your kind and immidiate reply.

    Best regards,
    Janna Hernandez

  • Alyssa Marie V. ABIO says:

    May open po ba na NBI within Laguna? From Pakil, Laguna po ako and I need to have NBI clearance as soon as possible, for employment po kasi. Thanks in advance!

  • racell says:

    May appointment po kasi ako sa robinson pala pala..ano po gagawin ng mga may appointment pero di makakakuha dhil ngsara uli mga mall?paano po ung binayad ko?

  • Mark Edison Navarrete says:

    I couldn’t get through the portal to renew my nbi clearance.can you help me?

  • Marvin Maguigad Capalungan says:

    Pwede po bang magpagawa ng NBi clearance ? Den bukas na meron n po ba?

  • Maria Antonia T. Abonita says:

    Good day! Ask ko po if open po today NBI Office Naga branch even lockdown due to covid-19 virus? Need po nila Papa and Mama to get NBI document to submit for travel abroad.

  • Michelle says:

    Paano ayusin yang hit sa name na yan, Anong basehan niyo at nagkakaroon ng hit sa name and paano yan maalis. Hassle kasi yan sa mga wala naman talagang kapangalan. Sayang sa oras ng pagpila tapos hindi makukuha agad ehh may submission date na hinahabol.

  • Leonard says:

    How to get NBI CLEARANCE VALID FOR TRAVEL ABROAD? I already register and tried to get appointment under NBI ONLINE SERVICE, but there no selection for purpose,I think it was default in local…

  • Ronel Paredes says:

    Paano po un renewal ako pero yung lumabas sa ipapaprint local lang pero need ko travel abroad ano po yung gagawin ko

  • kristine saclayan says:

    hello po, kukuha po sana ako ng NBI clearance for Local employment po, kasi ung dati po travel abroad for applying passport..
    nag oonline po ako now, after po b ng ifill up ano na po gagawin? thank you po

  • Cristan Recede says:

    good morning po.puede po ba malaman ang land line number po ng nbi malolos? thanks po.

  • Joveth P. Pedrera says:

    Good service

  • Misuzu C. Kamimura says:

    Hi, i sent my application from Japan and it said It will take 20-30 days but it’s been 2 months. Do you have any idea why? And can i just try and get it myself instead? because we really need it soon. Also it won’t let me register online, whenever i hit sign up it won’t load or do anything. So I can’t do it online either.

  • Dennil E. Planilla says:

    How to apply

  • Jho says:

    My marriage was annulled now and I have all papers from the court. But I don’t have any ID’s under my maiden name yet. I have applied for a visa under my married name and my my Annulment Papers was finalized only after I already submitted my visa application. I have sent them my Annulment Papers recently to proved that my marriage was annulled. One of the requirements for the visa is Certificate of Clearance from Singapore as I use to live there for 15 years. Is it ok to apply for NBI Clearance under my married name? What do I put in my Civil Status? Do I put “Single” and bring my court papers as supporting documents?
    Your response is greatly appreciated.

    • Kat Delano says:

      Yes po, pwede po. Bring all annulment documents proving na single ka na po ulit. 🙂

      • Jho says:

        Hi Kat Delano, thanks for your reply.
        God Bless po!🤗

      • Jho says:

        Hi Kat, do I need to submit Brgy. Clearance and Police clearance as a requirement to get NBI clearance? Also, where can I get my fingerprints done? Is it at the police station or at NBI office? Thanks!

  • shienali says:

    maari bang mareject kapag na biometrics na pero di mascan ung fingerprint dahil sa nagbabalat or may sugat? anu dapat gawin hihingian nio din ba ng medical cert dahil sa hindi mascan ng biometrics ?

    • Kat Delano says:

      hmmm… mejo unique tong problema mo ha..

      actually, ako mismo may problem sa fingerprints at biometrics ng NBI Clearance dahil mahirap itong iscan ha. wala akong sakit sa balat o sugat ha.

      I’m sorry pero hindi ko sigurado kasi kailangan talaga mascan ang finger print mo. subukan mo nalang muna pagalingin ito bago ka pumunta.

  • darlyn ngoho says:

    madali lng bh mag apply nbi clearance kylangan ko kc nxtweek

  • amanda says:

    inaacept p rn po b ang nso o need n po amg psa b.cert. thanks po

  • Janice del barrio says:

    Pag online registration.Kailangan po ba magbayad na bago pumunta sa branch? O pwede don na magbayad sa branch?

  • Rowell Allado Pasion says:

    Matagal na po expire nbi ko for renewal nalang po ba?

  • angelo says:

    ano po b requirments for renewal travel abroad?

  • Dennis pacaira Jr says:

    Kaylangan Kulang po dahil po hibdi po ako makapag apply dahil wala hinahanapan po ako ng NBI so kaya po ako ng apply dito dahil Sana po maka koha po ako ng Maaga thank you po

  • Mark jeric atienza says:

    Pwede po ba yung old nbi clearance ko na gawing referral? 2013 po nag expire yun e.
    so bale yung voters cert. Saka yung old nbi ang ddalhin ko. Pwede kaya yun? Pls answer asap.

  • Jekyll Doong says:

    Helo po pwedi po ba dumeritso sa nbi office para mag renew ng nbi clearance kahit wala po online application?

  • Teofilo L. Bandonill II says:

    Pwede po ba magrenew khit one month pa po ang expiration?

  • Hazel says:

    Parang wala namang kwenta ung pag online appointment kasi hassle pa din kumuha ng clearance. diyo sa Robinsons Novaliches, 1 lang ang pila ng walk in at online appointment para sa pagkuha pa lang ng number. anong sense ng pag online appointment kung parehas lang kau ng privilege ng walk in? nakakainis ang proseso

    • Teofilo L. Bandonill II says:

      Pwede po ba magrenew khit one month pa po ang expiration?

      • Kat Delano says:

        Of course, pwede po yun. Wala namang pong problema kahit hindi pa expired ang iyong NBI Clearance. Pwede ka pa din po magapply.

  • Rosie M. Duldulao says:

    Paano po mag apply through online po,may requirements po ba na need?and how much the fee po.thank you!

    • Kat Delano says:

      Just read nalang po ang instruction on how to apply NBI clearance online.

  • Junevic llanto melano says:

    Naka kuha na po ako dati ng nbi kaso po na wla yung copy pano po kumoha ng panibagong nbi

    • Kat Delano says:

      New application of nbi clearance po ang dapat mong gawin.

  • Sheng Carillo Druz Ali says:

    It’s good

  • Ella Javier says:

    married na po ako, and i already have an old nbi clearance na hindi pa expired pero ang nakalagay dun ay yung maiden name ko. i wanted to change my surname and status. pwede bang mag register ng bago kahit na may old nbi clearance na ako?

    • Princess Magpali says:

      Hi po, nakapagpasched na po ako online ng nbi appointment at nabayaran ko na rin po pwede po ba ako magpareschedule? And one more thing po is renewal po ang nbi ko pero married na po ako ngayon, pwede po bang passport at marriage contract gamitin ko hindi pa po kasi ako nakakapagpa-update ng other id’s.

      • Kat Delano says:

        Hindi po pwede ang marriage contract. ang iyong Passport po ay pwede as requirement. Pwede mong gamitin ang marriage contract as a supporting document to update your name and marital status. pwede ka pumunta sa ibang araw pero dapat po ay within 5 working days lang kundi mageexpire yang appointment mo.

  • Catherine Manzano says:

    Kakaregister ko lang online, pero nung magsisign-in na ako, hindi laging “invalid email or password” ang lumalabas. Bakit po kaya ganon?

  • Julia says:


    I’m married and I need NBI clearance worried lang ako sa required ID’s kasi yung UMID and Passport ko on process pa. Puwede po ba Philhealth ID since kakachange lang ng status. Do you have any considerations on this case?

    Thank you.

    • Kat Delano says:

      PWede po ang Philhealth ID. make sure na 2 valid id ang ipepresent mo.

  • Ara Patricio says:

    Good morning po..ask ko lang po kung mag aapply po ba ng nbi clearance pwde po ba gamitin ang POSTAL ID at PSA?salamat po

    • Kat Delano says:

      PWede po ang Postal ID pero hindi po pwede ang PSA.

  • Marita dela cruz says:

    Pwede po ba school id and birth certificate, kakagraduate ko pa Lang at wala pa akong valid id.g

  • B says:

    Hi my mom is already a senior citizen can she fill up the application form on the site or do i still need to download the application form?

    • Kat Delano says:

      online registration pa din po ang dapat nyang gawin para makapag apply ng nbi clearance.

  • Chelsy Anarna says:

    Tanong ko lang po. Last year po kasi di pa dismissed yung sa case ng asawa ko kasi this march lang po na process yung dismissal nung case nya. Kasi his going to apply for a nbi clearance. What to do po and what to bring po? Kasi kakadismissed lang po nung case nya. Should we bring the certficate pa rin po ba of his dismissal?

    • Kat Delano says:

      Yes, tama po na dalhin nyo ang certificate na dismissed na ang case. im sure magrereflect po iyon so pwede nyo po ito ipatanggal.

  • Jether Flores says:

    pwedi bah ang student license at school ID

  • Adam F. says:

    Pwede po ba ang brgy id as one of the id requirements of nbi clearance together with my school id? Reply asap thanks.

    • Kat Delano says:

      Ang baranggay ID po ay hindi tinatanggap sa pag apply ng NBI Clearance. School ID po, pwede kung ikaw ay isang student pa lamang. kung hindi na, hindi mo na ito pwede gamitin.


    how to change purpose? i need to apply for firearms requirements?

    • Kat Delano says:

      Hindi na po napapalitan ang purpose dahil Multipurpose NBI Clearance na po lahat ng iniissue. Ibig sabihin po, ito ay tinatanggap na sa kahit anong purpose, mapa local/abroad or firearms requirements.

  • Jose says:

    Accepted po ba ang Voters Certification as valid id? Thanks

    • Kat Delano says:

      Yes acceptable po ang Voter’s ID as NBI Clearance Requirement.

  • Genmar lejano says:

    Meron po akung nbi pero Hindi po means ung personal copy Lang Yung nasa akin..Hindi pa pa expire pero need ko kumuha ulit kasi Hindi tanggap sa red ribbon Yung personal copy ko.. passport Lang talaga valid ids ko at ung previous nbi na Hindi buo..pwedi na po ba Yun??

  • Jeffrey J Gamble says:

    How does my wife apply for her NBI Police clearance in Ozamiz?

  • marizbernabe says:

    paano po kapag senior citizen need pa po ba ng online application?
    thank you

  • june el villegas says:

    is transcript of records applicable for NBI clearance supporting documents?

  • Jimson Fernando Bustos says:

    How to apply for nbi clearance online in tarlac

  • Romeo dios says:

    Get nbi clearance

    • Jimson Fernando Bustos says:

      How to apply for nbi clearance online in tarlac

      • june el villegas says:

        is transcript of records applicable for NBI clearance supporting documents?

        • Kat Delano says:

          Hindi po acceptable yang transcript of Records as NBI Clearance Requirements.

  • Sachi says:

    Pwede ba ipresent birth certificate as a valid id? School id lang kasi meron ako. Thank u

  • Sarah Navarro javier says:

    Online NBI clearance

    • Teddy Oliveros Pobadora says:

      Hi. Mam / Sir..
      How my husband get nbi..and send it to his email coz in his work need nbi from the Philippines… How my husband pay.. It is possible to pay nbi through the western union…. My husband currently working in abroad (oman) and his applying for Canada but in Canada one of his requirements is nbi from the Philippines… Plzzz advised him what the best he can do or communicate with this matter… Appreciate and thank alot po…!