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


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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.

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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.

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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  • Hi po, release po sana ng NBI clearance ko ngayong friday March 20, 2020 kaso since lock down, kailan ko po sya makukuha? May HIT po ako kaya pinapabalik pa

    • Hindi ko masasabi kung kailan pero ang pinaka best na gawin mo ay imonitor mo din kung kelan magbubukas ung NBI Clearance Center na kinuhanan mo.

  • GoodDay, every year akong kumukuha Ng nbi clearance without hit, pero ngaun kumuha ako Ng nbi sa main, I was shock because , may hit ako.. 😔😔 bkit Po Kaya nag kaganun ..

  • Paanu po kung more than 8 to 10 working days ang nakalagay sa releasing date ko? Pwede ko po bang makuha before the day of my release date?

  • paano po kung nagpa appointment po ako sa ibang site and may hit po, they told me to go back after 13 days. ok lng po ba na sa ibang location/site po ako pumunta?

  • The thing is, even if you have cleared your “hit” (DOST scholarship for me), you will forever have it and wait days every time. It makes you feel that you have committed a crime and after completing all requirements for clearing the cause, going through the NBI attorney, you will still get “hit”.

  • I just asked for my clearance this morning and to my surprise I was asked to get back after 17 days! Why must I wait longer than the normal 8 days?

  • Pano po kung pinapabalik pa after 8 days para sa nbi clearance? Is there a way para mapabilis yun? May chance po ba na mapabilis kung sa main office(yung sa UN Ave. po ito diba?) ng nbi ako magpunta? Kailangan na kasi sya for work, max ng 5 days sana.

    • Wala pong way para mapabilis kahit magpunta po kayo sa ibang branch.

      I suggest na inotify mo na ang iyong employer para sa delayed na releasing ng iyong NBI Clearance..

  • Ask ko lng po what is the reason if meron akong hit even if imposible ako magkaroon ng kapangalan and i know that i do not have any records?

    • i think you can ask what the prob is. if nakukuha mo naman NBI clearance after said date and di ka nirequire magpasa ng documents that means kapangalan.

  • What should I do If the said “hit” was also caused by me because I had accidentally created two accounts during my first time to apply for a clearance? How should I fix that?

    • There wont be any issue kung dlawa acct just as long as there no criminal record under your name. You will still get your clearance kahit HIT ang name mo.😉

  • What to do, i had been given a HIT, AND they ask me to back after 10 working days, but i need to attend the passport scheduling on the next day.. What should i do, i dont want to waste my money i had been paid for my passport schedule?

  • A have a hit and think thats on my previous case but the said case was already dismissed . On the last time like 5 years ago .I took nbi clearance got a hit so they sent me back to mtc to get my clearance there then I got cleared .So I think it’s the same case . What should I do? Can I make clearance on Mtc again so when i come back on nbi I have my clearance with me . Para d pabalikbalik

    • Depende po, kung nagfile po sa inyo ung credit card o bank ng criminal case. possible po lumabas un sa NBI Clearance. Kung hindi naman po sila nag kaso, eh di wala po.

  • Why everytime I get my NBI always with HIT? They already checked on my status the first time I took my NBI and it was not me so I was able to get my NBI but why when I need to renew the 2nd time with HIT again.

    • Hi ask ko lang. Ngayon po ksi release ng nbi ko. Kaso nsa work po ako 7 pa out ko. Pwede kaya bukas ko po kunin? Salamat sa sasagot.

  • Hi what if may unpaid ka at final demand letter sa home credit or loan agency para sa mga ofw. Magrerefect po ba yun sa nbi? Thanks

    • Hi, ang pagkakaroon po ng final demand letter sa home credit ay hindi po magrereflect sa NBI Clearance UNLESS ang Home credit po ay nagsampa na ng criminal case sa kahit saang korte laban sa inyo.

  • I have unpaid loans to lending companies,post dated checks, one of them already fullypaid but I don’t have the clearance from the court yet, the 2nd one im not sure if they have filed a case against me. how can I check if they have reported my name already? do I need to go to nbi office and check ?or do I need to apply for an nbi clearance first.if I choose to visit the main branch and inquire only, is there a possibility that they are going to arrest me on the spot?

    • We have the same situation. Maybe we can get a clearance but the remark will be “No Criminal Record” which means we can’t use it to apply US visa because they want a “No Derogatory Record” remark. But I’m not sure about this I just read it on another blog.


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