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.

Requirements for applying NBI Clearance

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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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  • Julius pulgade says:

    Pwde po khit NSO lng sa pag apply ng nbi clearance

  • Julius pulgade says:

    Pwede po ba mag apply knit NSO birth lang po?

  • Julius pulgade says:

    Pwede po ba NSO ang gagamitin para mag apply ng nbi clearance?

  • Jammy says:

    Grabe naman to, naubos oras ko kakahanap kung saan yang form na yan. Hanggang sa mag out ako, wala akong form na na-fill-up-an. Nasaan ba yung link mismo for fill up? Nakakalito. Ang daming kini-click, wala namang lumalabas. Peste!

  • tagapagligtas says:

    Question!!↵Sino po ang may kakilala sa NBI?↵Kasi, ganito..↵SA ROBINSONS GALLERIA↵Yung lalaking naka-contact lens at braces↵At lalaking FELIX ang pangalan.↵↵Sa Step 3, Biometrics at Photo..↵No Hit naman.↵Pero, ang release nung sa kasama ko, sa January 14 pa.↵Ako nga nakuha ko na agad kanina.↵↵Feeling ko kasi pinag-tripan lang kami na ganun.↵↵Salamat!!

  • jerick says:

    pwd po ba koko ha dito sa sm center laspinas ng nbi ngayong lunes

  • michelle says:

    Ask lang po… Need ko po kumuha ng nbi but im only 19 yrs old po.. Den dec. 2014 lang po akako kumuha ng voters id paano po kya un.. I haveonly student id lang po

  • joseph pelingon jr. says:

    Ok lng po ba nso birthcertificate copy. Yun lng kasi ang available yung original nasa probinsya pa. Dito po ako sa davao kukuha ng clearance . Nso copy at student id lng po pwedde na ba?

    • Concerned lang me says:

      Yes, pwede yan. As long as nasa iyo ang original. Walang problema.

  • Ryan A. Gobaliza says:

    ang hirap nitong ginawa nyo bagong proceso

  • Zoilo Gusi says:

    <3

  • jennylen divino says:

    Pwede send nyo ako ng confirmation nakapagregister ako sa NBI.a yaw na kasi ma edit Yong email address KO.

  • dodong charing says:

    dyos ko pahirap tong gingwa nyo

  • Eduard E. Navarro Jr. says:

    🙂

  • ermagherd says:

    No more manual application. You have to register and apply online. Don’t go to your local NBI office thinking that you can request for manual application or else you will be told to go to an Internet cafe near you. (LOL)↵Please tell others about this online application.↵↵IMPORTANT: If you still haven’t paid to a bank or to what you have chosen in the Payment Options, then just write the UNPAID REFERENCE NUMBER in a piece of paper with your Complete Name. That will be your ticket to your local NBI office. They will use that reference number to search for your information. You can pay there at their regular rates. If you have already paid, but you are still marked as unpaid in the Transactions page, just bring your payment receipt with your complete name, and might as well write your reference number just to be sure.↵↵P.S. I haven’t brought a printed form. I also don’t have a registration code just as what was shown in this article and I havent paid to a bank. I just wrote my complete name and my unpaid reference no. in a piece of paper and paid to them the right amount. After like almost 4 hours (nalipasan ako ng gutom), I got my NBI clearance.↵↵You’re welcome. 😀

    • Zoilo Gusi says:

      how many days is the validity from the scheduled date

    • Dana Agulto says:

      Thank you so much for the info.. 🙂 god bless!!

  • gracielle says:

    paano kung mawala NBI clearance. Ano gagawin po

  • FELIZARDO UTIC says:

    AKALA KO PO MADALI ANG ONLINE NBI… BAKIT ONE DAY PROCESSING PALA PUNTA PA KAMI SA BAYAD CENTER PURO PILA!! ANO BYAN!!

  • GINGING OF MARIKINA CITY says:

    madali lang po makakuha nong isang taon ng online registration ng NBI….. pag gawa bayad agad… di tulad ngayon hanap pa kami ng BAYAD CENTER at SAKA ANG TAGAL NG PROCESO NG ONLINE… HIRAP NG PROCESO NGAYON…. IBALIK NLANG ANG 2014 NG PROCESO NG ONLINE

  • POLO says:

    HAY NAKUUUHHHH PO…… NAG PA ONLINE NAMAN PO AKO PERO BAGO IPRINT HANAP PKO NG BAYAD CENTER…… TAPUS NG MAKABAYAD NA AYAW PA MAGBUKAS ANG AKING PASWORD……… HAY NAKU…. DI PA PWEDENG MAKIBALIK ANG DATING ONLINE PROCESS NA AGAD NAKUKUHA…. HAY ANO BYAN…. PAHIRAPAN TALAGA KAME.

  • fely sanduico says:

    BAKIT PO GANUN NAG BAYAD NA NGA AKO SA LBC DI PA AKO MAKA PRINT KC DAW PO HINDI PA NAACEPT ANG PAYMENT KO SA LBC… HIRAP NAMAN PO TAPUS BUKAS KO PA MAKUHA… EH NAGMAMADALI NPO AKO NEED NA KC SA WORK KO ANG NBI KO

  • Abegail V. Lomugdang says:

    Its so easy to apply here.

  • Crescencio B. Espinosa says:

    Im applying for nbi clearance

  • wilfred soliman says:

    Ala nmn po ung form…panu madodownload

  • Mary Jane I. Payton says:

    papano mag online sa nbi at papano ito babayaran pano kung wala kang valid id ano yng pwede mong gawin first time ko po kase san po ang malapit na nbi if taga valenzuela city po ako

  • Mary Jane I. Payton says:

    papano mag online sa nbi at papano ito babayaran pano kung wala kang id ano yng pwede mong gawin first time ko po kase san po ang malapit na nbi if taga valenzuela city po ako

  • editha sabroso cesar says:

    for renuewal nbi

  • fedalyn noval says:

    san pu pede magapply ? walang form ?

  • carla marie says:

    bakit ganun nasaan na po yung ipiprint po yung natapos na na gawang application form .. gaya noon na piniprint lang after mag fill up bkit wala na..??

  • juan dela cruz says:

    wala man lang kayong mungkahi.. anung klaseng ahensya to??!! ayusin nyo trabaho nyo na naaayon sa buwis na binabayad namin sa inyo!!!

  • enuel jul galope says:

    hanggang ngayon…

  • enuel jul galope says:

    san po ba makikita yong form…naabutan na ako madaling araw kakahanap ng form…

  • jeric says:

    nasan na po yung bagong form?

  • napster says:

    saan na yong print??????

  • raymund junio says:

    asan ung form

    • evelyn pastrana says:

      pano po magdownload ng nbi form?

  • Andy says:

    Why the website is offline, how can I apply the NBI, I need it ASAP!?!?

  • Ricardo Perillo says:

    Pano po kumuha ng nbi sa online puwede po ba ako makakuha ng apoitment sa ung bernes ng feb 2016 yong acc ko po na yan ay sa facebook po.

  • paula says:

    paano ako makakapag.fill up ng form..ung printable…tnx

  • kris m. galicia says:

    panu pho vah mkakuha ng NBI clearance?

  • tintin says:

    D naman maganda at magamit ng maayos ung bagong proseso nyo. Anong mdaming magandang feedback kayo jan. Lalo lang gumulo sistema nyo. Mas ok pa ung dating mano mano. Ngaun d na maintindhan ano na ba tlga proseso ng pagkuha.. nakakainis lang. At ung branch naman ang aga aga pa cut off na agad. Nakakainis lang. Sayang ang effort ng pagpunta. Malamang tinatamad lang ung mga nakaduty. Tsk…

  • cesar says:

    bago lang po mag apply nbi on line ano po ba firt step at hanggang matapus maka print po.

  • nick says:

    hindi naman lumabas yung e-clearance form na printable.

  • paquito says:

    how to aply

  • JANE says:

    NKA2INIS NATO NKAKA BOBO NA KAU AH

  • arnold sumalinog says:

    paano po kumuha?

  • bobby renta says:

    panu po kaya sisimulan ang pag sign up ng nbi clearance

  • Elton Del Agua says:

    online po ako, gumawa po ako ngayong araw ng account para makakuha ng nbi clearance and nagbayad ako sa bayad center ngayong araw tapos nalaman ko po na mali pala yung purpose na nalagay lo imbes na Visa Seaman nalagay ko po ay Seabook, kaso nabayaran ko na po na nagkakahalagang 140, tapos ang appointment ko po ay bukas para ssa biometrics and photo taking, pwede ko pa po ba na ipabago ang purpose dun or hindi na po kailangan ko ulit magbayad ng 140 pesos?

  • jamesrich vallao mendoza says:

    pano po ba mag fill up dto

  • maricelsilvano says:

    pano ko maka fill up nto

  • maricelsilvano says:

    ang tagal nman eh

  • maricelsilvano says:

    wer i get my aplication

  • Migs says:

    Bagal magload ng site niyo. Haha