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You’ve been HIT: Reasons why you can’t afford a One Day Processing NBI Clearance!

It’s supposed to be easy and should be a one day job. It should be a get-in-get-off-and-get-out kind of thing, right? You were half smiling when you approached the Releasing window when suddenly, the woman from the other side of the counter deliberately stamp a date on the back of the receipt and hand it back to you.

You looked at it and it says “HIT” then a Date of Release is written which is on the next eight (8) working days.

What the hell just happened?

Well… My precious little young one, you’ve just been HIT!

What’s the deal with this HIT?

“HIT” is the term used by NBI Clearance Outlets if the applicant has a namesake and requires the NBI Clearance to be verified further before released to its owner. There are 104 Million (and counting) breathing individuals in the Philippines. With that size of population, there’s a very small chance that you have a namesake who already applied for their NBI Clearance.

Once a HIT status appears, NBI Personnel needs to perform further verification on the applicant’s identity. Applicants are instructed to return after eight (8) to ten (10) working days to claim their NBI Clearance.

What to do when you were HIT?

So what should I do after receiving a HIT? Nothing! As long as you don’t have a criminal record, you don’t have to worry about it. All you need to do is just need to wait at the comforts of your home and go on with your life. Wait for the date of release of your NBI Clearance, come back to the branch where you applied and claim it or ask someone (authorized representative) to pick your NBI Clearance for you. You just need to be patient.

You might be aware of several horror stories about having a namesake with criminal records, right? This is the time when the NBI Personnel do a further investigation about you.

The time has come (After Several Days of Waiting!)

When the assigned date of release of your NBI Clearance arrives, come early as possible. Claiming your NBI Clearance should be a quick business for you since they already did what they want to do.
The thing that can make you stay much longer and delays you to get your NBI Clearance is due to:

  1. Long queue lines because of high volume of NBI Clearance applicants and the people who also want to claim their NBI Clearance scheduled on the same day as yours.
  2. NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview (to know more about this, refer to this separate article.)

We advise you to bring at least two (2) Government Issued Identification Cards and especially your NBI Clearance Receipt. The valid IDs will prove your identity whenever they require you to undergo an on the spot NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview.

What is NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview?

In my own understanding, the NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview is a process by which an NBI Clearance Personnel reviews or verify the true identity of the NBI Clearance applicant. This happens everytime an applicant with a namesake have a pending case or arrest warrant.

This results from receiving a HIT Status in Database verification process. The derogatory record can be his or her own criminal case or under his namesake. In short, your name has been tagged as critical and NBI wants to make sure that they’ll be giving out NBI Clearances to “clean” persons.

Why is this Happening?

The disappointment of not having my NBI Clearance really bugs me while sitting on the cab going to the NBI Main Office. Why did NBI Clearance Main office doing this Quality Control Interview? Then I realize few things that might be a good reason why applicants is suffering this.


  • You have a pending or ongoing case.
  • You are under for arrest and needs to be identified in relation to a crime by the Police Authorities
  • Your Namesake has a pending or ongoing case or
  • Your namesake are under for arrest and needs to be identified in relation to a crime by the Police Authorities

Another piece of advice, wear the appropriate attire when going to NBI Clearance Branch.

When you are applying for an NBI Clearance, wearing casual attire is usually appropriate. Please keep in mind that it is always important to be tidy and well-groomed during the application of your a href=”” alt=”NBI Clearance Online” title=”NBI Clearance Online”>NBI Clearance Online. Most of the time, this is practiced when going into any government offices.

Unfortunately, the clothes you wear everyday to the mall, or out with your friends, usually aren’t suitable inside the NBI Clearance outlets. There is certain (unwritten) policy.

Frankly, if there’s any, I haven’t seen the Official Policy Statement concerning the dress code inside the NBI Clearance centers. Any wise man can argue with me that since there is no written policy about this, you can deliberately wear anything. What we’re trying to follow here is the “general rule” when making any transactions with Government Establishments.

To show you what outfits that should be avoided when applying in NBI Clearance, here are examples of what not to wear on a job interview.

You know what, we’re getting alot of comments about the NBI Clearance HIT. It’s making every NBI Clearance applicant’s life harder. Anyway, if you’re interested on how to apply for Philippine Passport, you may choose to read the tutorial here.

Best of luck with your NBI Clearance application! If you’ve got a great NBI Clearance HIT experience or valuable tips to add (or a question to ask), just leave a comment below.

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    July 10, 2018

    During the past 5 years of getting my NBI clearnace i get it the same day ( 1 day process). But now Just a month ago when i got my old NBI clearance it happened to be that i have a hit. And Damned its not good. it makes me think what have i done? Or What my namesake have done. this isnt fair at all.

  • bingboy janola
    July 5, 2018

    Basta ba wala kang alam na may kaso ka, wala kang dapat ikatakot… MAG PA INTERVIEW KA para sure ka, dala ka ng abogado mo.

  • Jayson
    June 28, 2018

    Wag k matakot basta wla k kriminal record…d k nmn basta aarestuhin bsta wla k case….kung ako ko ngre2new ng nbi..ko lgi ssbhn blik k gnto araw….my pipirmhan k nmn s loob pg pinatwag k…ilan beses n yn s akn nangyari..lalo n to pg abroad…ko last 2016 naharang ko s imigration my kaso daw ako…pending ko s loob.peo s awa ng dios pinalabas dn ako..

    • tina
      July 5, 2018

      good eve ask ko lang kc ngaun ngyari sakn na ngkaroon ko ng hit sa nbi ko last 2013 pa ko kumuha nun eh.tas knina lng ulit umaga kumuha ko kso un nga my hit dw ko kya babalik pa ko sa 10.
      ask ko lang po nghohold po ba kaya ng nbi clearance ang mga taga collectors agent ng credit card ?

  • Beth
    June 27, 2018

    Hello good am Sana ma pansin I just need an answer.. Nag kuha ako ng nbi dati.. Then na hit poh ako.. Pa Balikin ako ng after 10 days ayun Balik ako.. After na laman ko na may case ako Eligal recruiter.. Sa takot ko deh ako pumunta sa main. Nag taka ako wala naman ako ni loko bakit may case ako.. So ito na Pina check ko sa friend kung police if my kasu ba Talaga ako.. Sabi ng friend ko Merton daw poh sa peskal pero dismess wala daw proof of ebedence.. Tanong ko poh if Punta ako sa main.. Makukulong poh ba ako? Bother na poh Talaga ako at stress subra.. Thank u

  • Ana
    June 24, 2018

    Hello, I applied for NBI clearance and have set my schedule. Unfortunately, after confirming my appointment date, I saw that I wasn’t able to change my educational attainment (from college level to college graduate). After correcting the info, I scheduled for another appointment on the SAME date and time and same venue. I haven’t paid for the first appointment I scheduled, but I want to ask.. will that result a hit? Thank you.

  • Ter
    June 24, 2018

    What if you can’t go on the the date of the release? Is it possible to get it the other day?

  • Lori
    June 20, 2018

    Hi! After having saved my information, no 2 boxes appeared on the right hand side. How do I proceed to apply for clearance? Thank you.

  • Nazmi Ramos
    June 8, 2018

    One of the reasons why we need to have National ID system so that this kind of issue can be solved. If Everyone in this country, the citizens of the Philippines have a national ID card. It is much easier to trace who is who for that particular person in purpose to get clearance in NBI. This is also to lesser or even to avoid the HIT applicant targets.

    As an example, this is not fair for those people who don’t commit from any crime but unfortunately they got remarked as a HIT applicant since the “A” person who commit crime (which already have in NBI file system) have the same name with person B who don’t commit crime. so this make the Person “B” need to wait and go through hassle of investigation interview and so on just to prove he is clean.

    Where as if Philippines implemented National ID system. The chances of the case example as i mentioned above is Zero. This is because the owner of the National ID have all the unique number generated by the PSA. To make this clear of what i have mentioned – let say Person “B” who doesn’t commit crime can be differentiate with a unique number of 900125(date of birth – year/month/day) – 07 (Central Visayas region – based on where the applicant born which stated in the birth certificate) – 4286 ( randomly number generated by psa) so – 900125-07-4286. Where as the person “A” who commit the crime have a Philippines National ID number of 900127-04-4287. So this will make the person “B” will not get remarked as HIT applicant.

    I do aware that we as a human being are far from being perfect from our creator. But we as a Filipino need to step up the game to prove to our neighbor countries that we are capable to make an efficient system in our own government administration.

    Sayang naman, we are Filipinos are well known as Matalino and talented. Pero bobo parin sa Administrating in our own country.

    The message that i want to say here is that we need to change our mindset for the betterment of our own country. So that our system in any government administration is effective and efficient.