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 or also known NBI Clearance HIT!

What’s the deal with this NBI Clearance 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 an NBI Clearance 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 Online Application.

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 an NBI Clearance 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

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.

But before we go, we would like to announce that we have written the updated guide on How To Apply NBI Clearance Online.

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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  • I am working as a nurse for 8 years here in Manila. Sa buong buhay ko kumukuha ng NBI clearance now lang ako nagka HIT. Wala naman akong kahit anong kaso or what. Wala din ako kapangalan. Ano kaya reason?

    • Yes po, ok lang po iyon. Basta po balikan nyo po asap. Kasi possible pong hindi nyo na maclaim ang inyong NBI Clearance kung napaka tagal ng hindi nababalikan.

  • ask ko lang po kung makakakuha pa ako ng nbi kasi convicted po ako at na serve ko ang sentence ng kaso ko at ngayon gusto ko po magwork at kailangan ko ng nbi makakakuha po ba ako at lalabas din po ba dun na convicted ako?
    salamat po ang GODBLESS

    • Yes po, unfortunately, lalabas pa din po yun. Hindi po ako pamilyar kung maalis yun since nakapag serve ka na din naman ng sentence mo. I’ll try to find out po kung mawawala yun since tapos na po ang sentensya mo at mayroon ka ng kalayaan at kakayahang magbagong buhay. Unfair naman kung may record ka pa din diba?

  • may iba pa po bang para makuha agad ang nbi na may hit ? pinapai-start na kasi ako agad ng company na inapplyan ko pero hindi naman sila tumatanggap ng kahit resibo lang muna, gusto nila clearance mismo.

    • Wala po. kailangan mo po talaga maghintay ng araw na naka schedule kung kelan nila irerelease ang iyong NBI Clearance.

  • Ask ko lang po if I have a pending case against me makakakuha pa po ba ako ng clearance? Nalilito po kasi ako if hindi makakakuha ng clearance kung convicted na or what. Please enlighten me po. Thank you so much po.

  • Ask ko lang po if I have a pending case against me makakakuha pa po ba ako ng clearance? Nalilito po kasi ako if hindi makakakuha ng clearance kung convicted na or what. Please enlighten me po. Thank you so much po.

  • I am a ofw for a long time,, one day i was sue to court for a case of rape by a relatives and a cousin,which i don’t know why?
    I court has issue a warrant but it was not serve because i went to papua new guinea as ofw. When i came home i get a lawyer from the PAO and process my bail ban,,after the bail i was about to talk to the victim and her parents to asked why did they sue me,,to find out that the mother wanted a bargain.( meron kasi silang kaso ng kapatid ng nanay ko tungkol sa lupa) so he asked me to tell my aunty to widthraw the case of their ancestral claim,,so they will widthraw the case rape that was filled against me but i reguse because that land if not mind and i don’t have jurisdiction from that land..
    After i talking to the mother, i was given a chance to talk to the victim to asked why they did that to me but the answer is they want money from me which is 1million just not to pursue with the case, but i said i dont have that kind of money and why should i pay you na hindi naman totoo aligation niyo.. Because of their bribe my anger lead me to distance them.
    Until one day that they called me for 60thousand peso,, so i said to myself cge para matapos na kasi i have to go to my normal life,, so it came to a decision to make a settlement just to preserve our relationship as cousin and realtives.
    Nag aply ako ng NBI ko tapos ang nakalagay is NO CRIMINAL Record,,, na ayaw tangapin ng New zealand immigration kasi they reguire me a NO RECORD ON FILE.. Pwede ko bha maayos kasi gusto ko makapunta ng new zealand pra sa future ng family ko. Thnks

    • I’m not sure sa gusto mong mangyari. pero ang default na remarks sa NBI Clearance is “NO CRIMINAL RECORD” talaga. Hindi ako sure kung pwede pa ito ipabago. Kailangan mo pumunta mismo sa NBI Clearance Main Office located at taft avenue at ikaw mismo mag inquire dun. Im sorry. di ako familiar pag dating sa pagbabago ng remarks sa nbi clearance.

  • The reason of HIT must be given when you get your paper NBI Clearance. This is for the person to know why you got HIT and not just them saying your a HIT for no reasons at all.

  • Good morning I will only ask if the first time I got my nbi clearance I was hit then now i need to renew my clearance still i will get hit and wait for 8 days ???

  • ng kuha ako ng nbi clearance today nov 7 tapos na hit ako dati wala nmn akong hit ….dati ginasuhan ako ate ko tapos hininto ninya ang kaso ..may criminal record paba ako…

    • possible po na yun ang reason ng iyong hit. though marami din pong other reasons. Tanging NBI lamang po ang makakapag confirm nito.

      • Nag apply po ako ng nbi khpon nov 19 nhit din po ako last kuha ko nmn po nung 2015 nd nmn po ako nhihit,..pero bblikan kopo s nov 22 bat ang blis po?ung iba po kc dto 8 days slmat po s mga ssgot

  • Hello. I applied for NBI clearance today and got a hit. Nagtataka lang ako kasi previously wala naman akong hit. Nakailang kuha na din ako before. Bakit kaya ganun?

  • Can I still able to claim my nbi beyond the given date to claim it? Kasi oct 29 ako pinapabalik pero nov 12 pa ko makakapunta to claim it, pwede kaya yun?

  • what if ako po yong nagfile ng case against sa nangloob sa bahay ko, will I still get an nbi clearance without getting hit? last 3 years ago i got my nbi clearance in just one day and i was not hit.

  • My kaso po akung slight pisical injury kaya hnd ako bngyan ng nbi. Gametin ko sana ang nbi para sa aply ko ng resident dito sa canada. Anu po b dapat kung gawen para makakuha ako. Salamat po

    • Kung kukuha ka po ng NBI Clearance, magrereflect po ang kasong naisampa sayo. Mawawala lang po yun kung aasikasuhin mo ung kaso mo.

  • my question lng po aq, ngprocess po aq ng nbi ko nung oct 23 taz na”hit” po name ko at ang release ay oct 29, pgpunta ko po sa nbi interview po nila aq dhil allegedly my kpangalan po aq n my kaso ng theft d2 s bulacan , at violation of RA something nmn s cabanatuan city. sbi po ng taga nbi puntahan ko dw po s korte at hingi aq ng clearance from rtc15 at rtc29. ang tanong ko po , bakit aq ang kelangan mglakad non e pde nmn po ang nbi mismo ang mgayos dhil itatawag lng nmn nila yon. dagdag gastos at abala po kz skin yon e nbi clearance lng nmn po kelangan ko pra mkstart nko s work ko. pano po kung yun my kaso n kpngalan ko e s mindanao my kaso edi ppunta pko s rtc ng mindanao pra mgpclearance lng. salamat po s sasagot ng ktanungan ko.

  • kumuha ako ngaung araw nbi clearance ko(oct.30,2013) bale renewal na taz sabi hit daw den tinanong ako kng gs2 ko daw rush at makuha ko daw agad ngaun din?pwede ba un?dba pg hit hihintayin tlga?pro sabi ko cge rush na lng kc nagmamadali nman dn ako tz ang siningil 600…ganun na ba tlga kalaki babayaran?

    • wala ka naman dapat bayaran. Just go to nbi main office, kakausapin mo lang ung director dun, dadaan ka sa quality control.. and they can process your NBI clearance in just one day. Like what I did. Kapag nagexpire na ung NBI mo, dun kana mismo sa Main kumuha..para di kana mahihit ulit.

    • Saang nbi branch p.o. yan ate need ko kasi talaga makakuha ng nbi my hit ako eh matagal pa daw yun ma release sabi ng friend ko please need ko talaga makakuha ng nbi last 2014 pa yung kaso ko dismissed na din po yun nung may 2014 pa p.o. please Nan po pa emailed Namn po or p reply nlng po please

  • galing po ako ngayon sa nbi para kumuha ng clearance…kaso wit hit ang sa result…ask ko lang if makakaaffect ba yong dating case namin sa right of way….kami ang nagfile pero nadismissed rin naman…need an answer badly. salamat….

  • nag try akung mag online aaplication .ng i click ko yong submit lumabas contact your administratorano po ba gagawin ko kc may hit ako

  • nangyari sakin hit ang nbi sa robinson sta.lucia super bagal ang sistema october 21 ,2013 ako kumuha then tatakan lang pla receipt ko ng hit tentative on nov.10 pa pinapabalik super bagal tlgamy appointment on dfa ay nov.7 ano ba yan nakakastressed

    • Pwede lang yan. I check lang po sa transaction may validity date ang pagclaim po. May validity na 15days (or more) allowance from the transaction date stated.

  • Hi. Kumuha ako ng NBI nung Dec. 8 (Tuesday) and unfortunately I got a HIT! This is very frustrating cause I don’t have any criminal case of some sort and now di ako makapagsubmit sa inaapplyan ko dahil sa delay na yan. Twice n ako kmuha ng NBI clearance and this is the first time that i got a HIT. What gives? Can’t you speed up the process for the sake of people like me who really needs this as a requirement for our jobs? It’s such a huge inconvenience for us! Who can we talk to regarding this concern? And for the record, There is no way na may criminal record ako kasi wala talaga.

  • Tanong kulang po pano f my kaso ako 5yrs ago pro dismiss npu yon kukuha sna ako ng nbi kso na hit ako sbi don balik ako aftr 9 days pgbalik ko po sabi nla need ko po ng invistiation balik nlng dw po ako bnigyan ako ng sked kaso lng dna ako bumalik kc nahihiya at natatakot ako bka d ako mkakuha ng nbi ano po dpat kng gawin nahigiya na ako bumalik don kc bka d ako mkakuha kc my kaso nga ako before ano po gagawin ko..

  • Gud am pwede ba makuha nbi clearance kht after the releasing date? Today dpat me pnpblik kaso ngkconflict sched ko, pd p kaya bukas? Thanks

  • nag apply po ako ngayon ng NBI clearance pero na hit name ko, married na po ako pero gusto q dko dadalhin apilido ng asawa ko kasi lahat ng mga credentials q na apilido q parn ang nkalagay. i need to attach my NBI Clearance sa application q for senior high teacher deadline n po s friday. pls do comment asap if what should i do.?? THANK YOU VERY MUCH

    • You can attach a photocopy of the receipt ng nbi clearance mo to prove na on process sya. Remember to photocopy both sides kasi minsan sa likod tinatatakan yung HIT. Most if not all employers accept this kasi wala din naman sila magagawa kung hit ka. As long as you can show na kumuha ka talaga ng clearance. Nakalagay din naman dun kung kailan ang release ng clearance mo.

      • Hi sir, bakit po sa akin walang binigay na papel? Ang sabi lang po bumalik ako bukas? Pababalikin po ba ako para kunin lang iyan papel na may date kung kelan lalabas yung clearance ko?

        • Nope walang binibigay na papel. Yung mismong resibo dapat tatakan nila ng date kung kelan ka babalik. Yun ang titignan nila kasi once bumalik ka na ulit to claim your clearance. Kung sinabi sayo na bumalik ka bukas eh basta dalahin mo lang yung resibo mo. Kung walang tatak yun sabhin mo sa releasing na pinabalik ka lang at tapos ka na mag biometrics. Makikita naman nila sa system nila yun.

    • Same tayo mam, just got married tapos biglang may HIT ang NBI ko nagpalit lang ako ng last name. Nakuha na ba ninyo yung sa inyo?

  • Just want to name got “Hit” and the clearance is to be released on Dec 8. However, I will leave for abroad on Dec 3. Is there any way to secure the clearance earlier before I leave? Thank you very much


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