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

August 25, 2018 9:45 am

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.

You may want to read: NBI Online Registration

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 Online 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.

Read: NBI Online Registration Process [NEW Step-by-Step Guide]

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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  • Gunther Josef eduard Fahnle says:

    Why I’m hit

  • Maria says:

    Meron po akong nalalaman na nasa abroad po cya or naka abroad po cya ng dahil sa iba ang pangalan at apelyido nyang dala pati sa passport panu ma ereport ang mga ganyan? ilagay ko pa ba ang name nya d2 tsaka ung name na ginamit nya?

  • Oliver Ong says:

    Pwede ba ako kumuha ng NBI clearance in 1day sa NBI Main Office kahit na HIT yung name ko? Kailangan ko kasi makuha agad ang NBI Clearance ko kasi OFW po ako. Thanks

  • Ronaldo franco v. Abo says:

    Hi, ask lang po bakit po ganito,sa haba haba ng pangalan q at unique name ko, may kapangalan aq o hit at ang mahirap may pending case pa ung kapangalan q at sa malayong lugar pa sa quezon eh d pa nga q nkakapunta dun since birth theft daw kaso haha, need ko daw pumunta sobra layo at pandemic ngaun pano q ma cclear name q at wala ngang byahe ngaun at mraming checkpoint, sobra laki abala yan at gastos walang wala na q ngaun, inaatake aq ng skin problem ngaun ma. Sstress pa lalo aq dahil sa nbi clearance asikasuhin pa sana matulungan nyo aq ,salamat!

    • Ronaldo franco v. Abo says:

      Sana po maiba yung systema ba ganyan lalo ngaun pandemic mahirap makiag face to face sa panahon ngaun tapos pupuntahan mu pa ung lugar na d mo pa familiar sana matulungan nyo aq

  • Crisanto gomez isidro says:

    May case po ako nung teenager pa ko. Na dismiss na naman po yung case and i have a legal papers na nagpapatunay na wala ako kasalanan. Nakakuha na din po ako ng mga nbi clearance ko after. Ang tanong ko po is pwede po ba sa malapit na nbi branch na ako mag walk in or need ko pa po talaga pumunta sa main branch niyo.

    • Kat Delano says:

      Ang tanong ko po is pwede po ba sa malapit na nbi branch na ako mag walk in or need ko pa po talaga pumunta sa main branch niyo.

      Of course pwede ka po kumuha sa pinakamalapit na branch pero hindi po pwede ang walk in. kailangan po ay may schedule ka.

  • Jamjam hernandez says:

    Good am.
    Open po ba tommorow yung nbi sa dutyfree paranaque for realising napo yung nbi ko.kung hindi po ano po ang branch na open po? Tnx

  • Josephine Dumenden Arcilla says:

    Ok n po b yong NBI clearance Ko with a hit name.


    Ask ko lang po kung kailan pwedeng makuha yung nbi clearance ko na dapat ay makukuha ko napo nung march,2020?.napostponed po ito dahil sa covid19,.anu po ang dapat na gawin?salamat po

    • Kat Delano says:

      pwede mo ng balikan yung hindi mo nakuhang NBI Clearance dahil sa lock down ng covid 19. Puntahan mo na po sya at ipakita mo ang reference number mo pati na yung resibo. ibibigay pa din nama npo iyan. Hindi mo naman kasalanan bakit ka di ka nakapunta.

  • J-Bryan Mendoza says:

    Can i get certification that my name was hit? I have an upcoming application this july 8 but my clearance would be released at a later date.

    • Mary Lyn says:

      How did you know po na may hit kayo? Ako po kasi pinabalik sa July 10 and wala naman po sinabi At pumayag sila na iba kumuba ng nbi ko para sakin

      • Kat Delano says:

        Pag pinabalik po kayo, HIT na po yun. Pwede din po yun na ibang tao ang kumuha ng NBI Clearance mo pero dapat meron kang authorization letter at meron din dapat na valid id ang taong magke claim ng NBI Online mo.

        • Mary Lyn says:

          Ang sabi po sakin kahit wala na daw authotization letter. Kaya nagtataka po ako. Hindi kaya dahil po pandemic kaya hindi ko nakuha kagad?

      • Gaspar Jan Abad says:

        Actually you can see it sa screen nila (I’m referring to the monitor kung saan pinapakita nila Kung tama ba Yung information na naka lagay) .. they will also let you know Kung na HIT ka po.


    During my previous application, i got hit but eventually i got my nbi clearance after waiting for about 2 weeks. Now i got hit again and will be waiting again. Does this mean that my namesake will forever hinder my application everytime i renew my clearance? Thank you

  • Wyckerr John Teves says:

    Good afternoon, nagka case po ako b4 ng 3 reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, reckless imprudence slight physical injuries and serious physical injuries,pero last year na settle na nmin ang complainant..

    Tanong ko lng po khit na settled na ang case at na atras bkit nag Hit pa dn ako?

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