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

August 25, 2018 9:45 am

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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.

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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  • 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?


    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?

  • Oscar Romero Jr says:

    Hi po, anu pong mangyayari kapag may hit sa name? Will that person get detained? Anu po un possible situation na mangyayari if you go to main office for quality control. I was suppose to get my clearance but the staff in nbi kiosk said that i have to go to main office of nbi but then naglaron po ng lockdown.

  • ann says:

    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

    • Kat Delano says:

      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.

  • Lhey says:

    MNJ hi po tanong ko lang po pag my civil case po ba mgrereflect ba sa nbi mo?

    • Kat Delano says:

      YEs po, magrereflect po ito sa inyong NBI Clearance.

    • Jes says:

      Hndi po kasama ang civil cases. Only.criminal cases lang.

  • Jho says:

    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 ..

  • Era Mae Bendanillo says:

    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?

  • Jhi says:

    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?

  • Roushan says:

    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”.

  • Danilo V Arceo jr says:

    Pwede ko Po ba makuha Ang nbi kahit Hindi sa eksaktong araw ng release

  • Dane says:

    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?

  • Ochad says:

    Pwede Po ba kahit sa ibang nbi branch kuhanin Ang released clearance… Ty

  • Ej says:

    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.

    • Kat Delano says:

      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..

  • Pochi bautista says:

    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?

    • Roushan says:

      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.

  • mark cueto says:

    tanung ko lang po makukuha po padin ba ung nbi clearance ko sa same branch kahit late na ng 3months?

  • Mj Estacio says:

    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?

    • Mariko Arguelles says:

      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.😉

  • Emerson says:

    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?

  • Jones says:

    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

    • Mariko Arguelles says:

      Yes. I suggest kuha ka na ng clearance sa mtc it might help. 👍

    • Roushan says:

      no need. just show them everytrime the mtc clearance you have. btw, even after showing that and them taking a copy and note, everytime you get NBI clearance expect to get a hit.

  • Radhika says:

    very nice blog , i follow you.

  • Mai says:

    magkakaron ka po ba ng record sa nbi pag may unpaid credit card or unpaid loan ka sa bank?

    • Kat Delano says:

      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.

  • VAngie M. MENDOZA says:

    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.

    • Christine joy marcial says:

      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.

  • Rj Mercurio says:

    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

    • Kat Delano says:

      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.

  • injesusname says:

    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?

    • Mai says:

      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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