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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  • Melchor Osorio Española says:

    Meron po bang walk in sa pagkuha ng nbi kahit walang appointment? Diko po kasi alam mag online appointment.salamat po


    first time kupo kumuha ng nbi kasi oara sa trabahu


      irst time job

  • Ogie galpito bangayan says:

    What is the link of online appointment in bayombong Nueva vizcaya

  • Lama alzhair says:

    My parents lived in Philippines between 1985 to 1990 for the Purpose of studying. We need and NBI clearance from your side. We currently live in Jordan, Middle East. How can we apply and obtain the clearance? Thank you.

  • Ramel Ibrahim Baud says:

    How to apply NBI


    Can I get NBI Clearance Tommorrow

    • Gecko Carvajal Ferolino says:

      Ma’am sir poidi Mang hinge ng link para sa online registration form

  • John Rhandal A Baybayan says:

    how to apply nbi clearance?


      Saan po ako pwede mag mag sign up at mag register ng NBI clearance?

  • Justin frio c.asares says:

    How to apply a NBI clearance

  • Margie luz morales says:

    What i need to do if i lost my old nbi clearance.

  • Carolyn Ricaplaza says:

    I’m a Filipino living abroad, trying to apply for NBI Clearance Online but I could not find detailed guidelines specific to applicants abroad. Appreciate if you can share the link. I have read few instructions on how to apply online, including for 2021 but I don’t find where it mentioned guidelines for those abroad, eapecially when going for the appointment. Your help is highly appreciated.

  • Samuel Belvis Jr. says:

    Sir i have already registered here for nbi clearance,but i failed to forward my OTP a month ago,so now, how i can resend my OTP?

  • Rachel V. Francisco says:

    Good afternoon Ma’am/Sir tanong ko lng po sana kung paano po kumuha nang NBI Clearance for PWD ID?

  • Samuel Belvis Jr. says:

    Gud evening po how can i resend my OTP? I have already registered may be three weeks ago.

  • Samuel Belvis Jr. says:

    Sir how can i resend my OTP at your branch dagupan city? Thanks!

  • Samuel Belvis Jr. says:

    Sir how can i send my OTP at your branch dagupan city? Thanks!


    Paapply po

  • Lonito Paglinawan y Guanzon Jr. says:

    Job seaker. Thank you.

  • asther amil yu says:

    I need to apply nbi clearance because i will used it in applying a job going to canada.Thank you

  • Maria Editha Elenita V. Nuñez says:

    applying foe an NBI clearance online and to be used for local job application as part od the company’s requirements.

    • Jessalyn Rico Sabio says:

      I will apply nbi clearance

  • Von Eymard Cruz says:

    I need my nbi clearance for the visa application

  • Darlene de Guzman says:

    Hello. nandito po ako sa hongkong ngayon at hindi po ako maka uwi sa pinas dahil sa cov.19. kailangan ko ng NBI clearance isa sa mga requirements na kailangan para student visa sa australia.


      Darlene pm me i will help you👍

  • Michael De Ramos Perez says:

    Appoinment for renewal …
    Tagaytay Branch

  • Ronie Rivera Ballesteros says:

    NBi Clearance

    • Ronie Rivera Ballesteros says:

      NBI Clearance

      • Editha Alvarez Regala says:

        Apply for nbi renewal currently here in caloocan

  • Christopher Gloria Magno says:

    How to apply nbi clearance in online

    • Ailene Rasonable says:

      Nbi clearance renewal

  • Kate P says:

    Hello, do you accept Previous Copy of NBI Clearance as one of valid doc for the requirement?

  • Prynce John Rollie A. Morfe says:

    Can I apply NBI CLEARANCE/ NBI I.D for requirement

  • Prynce John Rollie A. Morfe says:

    Can I apply NBI clearance for my working as a security guard.

  • Emilly Anotado Tirrado says:

    How to apply NBI online

    • Emilly Anotado Tirrado says:

      How to apply NBI online
      For requirement

      • Al Christ Facinag says:

        How to get online nbi and how much

  • Marycris Jean P. Lisbos says:

    Hi good evening maam/sir,
    I would like to get an nbi clearance for work requirements.

  • Rovin M.Medillo says:

    Apply new job

    • Evita Dasigan Desuyo says:

      Hi goodmorning i would like to get a nbi clearance for work requirements i hope you notice this.


  • Arlyn S. Aniban says:

    Good evening ma’am /Sir
    Tanong ko Lang po Kung kilangan ko pang mag online ulit . Last week po Kasi schedule ko para sa pagkuha Ng NBI Clearance kaso di po ako makapunta sa schedule ko Kasi po nagka problima sa sasakyan. Balak ko po Sana na this week e kumuha Ng NBI clearance .. kilangan ko pa po ba ulit mag online ???

    Thank you

  • Cristina Wenceslao Yap says:

    Do you have a certain site for accessible online renewal of NBI Clearance?

  • adora r rodriguez says:

    I am from Philpppine Information Agency. We are responding inquiries about government programs and there was a question from a citizen: Please reply directly to him and cc. us for feedback purposes. Thank you.

    She is the sender of question: Arcely Hernaando
    Sir /maam,
    Good day.
    I just want to ask if u can send to us true mail or lbc for my nbi because i applied before in tuguegarao cagayan but because of this pandemic situation my NBI was not yet picked up and i need it badly..
    Pls i wait for your reply if what we can do.
    Thnk you and waiting for your immediate reply.

  • adora r rodriguez says:

    I am from Philpppine Information Agency. We are responding inquiries about government programs and there was a question from a citizen: Please reply directly to him and cc. us for feedback purposes. Thank you.

    Arcely Hernaando
    6:48 AM (50 minutes ago)
    to me

    Sir /maam,
    Good day.
    I just want to ask if u can send to us true mail or lbc for my nbi because i applied before in tuguegarao cagayan but because of this pandemic situation my NBI was not yet picked up and i need it badly..
    Pls i wait for your reply if what we can do.
    Thnk you and waiting for your immediate reply.

    Very truly yours,

  • Leah says:

    Can i use a cedula on my current redident and ID that is still address in my prevouis address. I wasn’t able to update my ID because we recently transferred

    • Kat Delano says:

      ang cedula po ay hindi valid ID.

      • Ronalyn flores says:

        Bukas schedule ko pede pa rin ba onsite na magbayad?

  • Kirstle Anne F. Flores says:

    Good afternoon madam/sir, mabuhay po magtatanung Lang po sana ako paano mg request ng NBI clearance for travel po, Hindi po ako makauwi andto po ako sa Japan kailngan ko po ng NBI Clerance. Kung need po ba personal finger prints and Photos? Hoping to hear from you soon maraming salamat po

  • Ana Marie M. Abinales says:

    Are you operating now in JMall
    Centre Mandaue City?

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