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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.

Maybe:

  • 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=”https://nbiclearance.org/nbi-clearance-online/” 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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988 Comments
  • nyhl
    April 20, 2018

    sa tingin ko yung tagal ng pagrirelease nila ng nbi sa mga na hit nakadepende ata sa reason kung bakit hit ka.

  • Willam rex parec
    April 19, 2018

    Kumuha po ako ng nbi april 19 pinababalik po ako ng may 11 gnun po ba talaga katagal pag may hit., dtu po ako kumuha sa baydo bayombong nueva vizcaya.

  • Lyka
    April 18, 2018

    I went to the NBI awhile ago and I got a hit. They told me to come back 2-3 weeks. Im nervous if I have any record though I know that I do not have any criminal liability. Whats the cause of that? Thanks.

    • Kat Delano
      April 19, 2018

      Don’t worry, possible na name sake lang po yan or may kapangalan ka. you’ll be fine 🙂

  • Ivan Lee D Lacap
    April 18, 2018

    Hitted today, April 18. But they stamped my receipt with May 8, 2018. Almost 13 Business days.

  • Jv soriano
    April 13, 2018

    Hello i got hit today sa NBI PERO pinapabalik nila ako may 3 pa . ganun naba katagal ngayon ang pagpapabalik pag may hit sana may sumagot Thanks

  • louie
    April 6, 2018

    The first time I applied for clearance, I got a hit. Will I get a hit if I am to renew my clearance?

    • louie
      April 6, 2018

      Please answer me…anyone?:)

      • Lj
        April 13, 2018

        Yes

    • Kat Delano
      April 6, 2018

      Yes, the probability is high. 🙂

  • Just A Though0
    April 5, 2018

    With all the modern advances on getting an nbi clearance, I think its time to focus on how to resolve the HIT issue so it will not be a burden to the person without a criminal record.
    As long as it isnt solved, the tern “Getting an NBI Clearance is easy” will not be a hundred percent factual.
    Good Day!

    • Kat Delano
      April 6, 2018

      I totally agree with your statement. I dunno with the people behind the system of nbi clearance online, they missed a huge hole on the system they have implemented.

  • Sarah jane v. Capsa
    April 4, 2018

    Can i get my nbi clearance tommorow april 5,2018 because i really need it as soon as possible. I have a hit, i’m trying to please nbi san fernando la union that i really need it for my application because they want a 1year validity of nbi clearance,although my last nbi clearance was valid 8mos. But the poea wants a 1year validity. Can i please you to get it faster than the date of my receipt because i really need it. Thank you for your kindness and consideration.

    • Sarah jane v. Capsa
      April 4, 2018

      I apply my nbi clearance in san fernando la union but i from san carlos city pangasinan, nbi san fernando said that i can get it into nbi manila and please them that i really need it as soon as posaible beacause the last submission of document in poea is on april 6,2018. Last time that im applied in poea the problem also is my nbi so i dont have a chance to apply. And that is really sad for me. Because i have a hit,i cant get my nbi with in the day i applied for the clearance. Plss.. po nbi maawa po kayo sa akin. Panu po ako mkakapag apply kung mtgal ko nman po makuha kung pwede po mkiusap sainu na kunin ko na po tommorow or april 6,2018 thank you.

  • Jo
    April 3, 2018

    hello po..
    pano po kng hnd ako makabalik sa date sa bnigay sken.. pwde po b sa ibng araw ako pmnta?
    salamat po

    • Kat Delano
      April 4, 2018

      Yes ok lang po. pero wag lang pong masyadong matagal. Baka po di na ihonor ung receipt mo at di na asikasuhin.

  • Catherine B. Gonzaga
    April 1, 2018

    Hello po, I’m just a little bit worried,nagapply po kasi ako sa NBI eservice (Quick Renewal) for my Renewal, and my picture on my old NBI appeared while filling form,after I put my old I’d number. Should I still go for NBI office to take picture??,or should I wait for my NBI clearance delivery? How long it will take before I receive it?. Thank you for the response

    • Kat Delano
      April 4, 2018

      Yes, you need to go to the NBI Clearance Branch to have your Picture taken as well as your finger print scanning (biometrics).

  • Joseph
    March 26, 2018

    Hi,
    I have a question, what if a have a finished case and i comply all of document in quality control.
    Once i release may clearance it will be no dogoratory record?

    Thanks

    • Kat Delano
      March 27, 2018

      Hi Joseph, I’ll try to answer your question based on what you’ve said and based on my assumptions and opinions only. It’s possible na its different sa magiging actual result sa NBI Clearance.

      Based on your statement, you have a finished case and you have submitted the necessary documents. I am assuming that you are not found guilty right?

      If that’s the case, then no derogatory records will appear on the face of your NBI Clearance.

      Unless you’re found guilty, then a certain derogatory record will be printed.

  • Mark
    March 25, 2018

    I went to the main office for my biometrics etc. I got hit and was adviced to be back in 10days. We had a family reunion in Mindanao in few days, and I had hardships looking for someone I can authorize and also I couldn’t afford to leave my ID behind because there are plenty of checkpoints in Mindanao that require ID upon entering almost all provinces. What happened was I wasn’t able to pick-up my clearance (or had the QCI, if needed). Shall I just follow-up my previous application? Or have a new one? If I choose to get a new one, do I still have to undergo the biometrics recording? Or have they kept my previous biometrics and go straight to Releasing/Printing?

    Thank you.

  • Steffi
    March 23, 2018

    Applied my nbi clearance at Rob Galleria and it will take me 20days before I could claim it. Went to NBI Main Office to get another one and THANK GOODNESS I GOT MINE ON A 1 DAY PROCESSING!! Finally I can already file for my board exam!

    • Kat Delano
      March 25, 2018

      Hi Steffi, I didn’t know that trick. Thank you for sharing that information. Congratulation and good luck on your board exams!

    • Jillian
      March 26, 2018

      Hi ask ko lang same po tayo situation pinababalik din ako after 20days but i badly needed my nbi clearance. Nagonline application po ba ulit kayo? Or pinakita niyo na lang ung resibo niyo sa main office? Im done with my biometrics.

    • fatima yumul
      April 2, 2018

      Hi steffi, same situation they adk me to get it after 20 days but badly need it. Did you just present the receipt from rob galleria or you applied again?

  • Gale
    March 20, 2018

    I used to get it in a week, the last one wasn’t even 6 months ago. But today I was advised to wait for 22 days. Wth that’s almost a month of waiting.

  • Ian
    March 20, 2018

    Mine will take a solid TWENTY DAYS. Uuugh.

  • Ian
    March 20, 2018

    Mine will take a solid TWENTY DAYS. Uuugh.

  • Maria Guinoo
    March 20, 2018

    you mentioned 8 working days but the date given to me was more than 8 workings days? Why?

    • Kat Delano
      March 20, 2018

      8 to 10 working days usually. but due to volume and back logs of nbi clearance applicants, nagtatagal bago marelease.

      • Jay
        April 5, 2018

        Mine is 3 weeks here in cebu.

  • Sosal
    March 19, 2018

    Is it possible for early release of nbi clearance?

    • Kat Delano
      March 19, 2018

      I’m not sure they will release it early. I believe they will still stick and follow the ten (10) working day.

  • Niel John
    March 17, 2018

    Is it normal for a clearance to be released in 19 days? Or should I check it within 8 to 10 days? This is delaying my application for passport…

    • Kat Delano
      March 19, 2018

      usually, 10 working days po yan. I’m not sure why 19 days ung iyo. its possible due to the number of applicants kaya mejo na papatagal.

      btw, hindi ata requirement ang NBI Clearance pag kukuha ng passport. You can check out the article on how to apply for Philippine passport and the requirements.

      • Modeliza
        March 27, 2018

        Hi sir good day kumuha po ako passport with AKA kc Annulled po ako pero hit po ako sir, dati naman hindi ako na hit sa April 14 pa nila ako pinabalik bakit po tagal sir din sa ronbinson junction po ako kumuha yon NBI ko need ko for interview US embassy manila. Ano po yon reason bakit tagal sir. Sana masagot po ninyo kc stress na po ako for that. Salamat