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.

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

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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  • 1st time ko kumuha ng NBI with HIT pa… tinanong ako kung gumawa pa ako ng ibang NBI accnt, sabi ko NO!!! Pero naalala ko, meron pala, nakalimutan ko kasi ang pw.. may posibilidad po ba na dahil dun kaya with HIT ako?? at pwede ba na idelete yung isang account para di na hassle nextime?? thanks po

  • My nbi clearance po ako last 2015 paparenue kopo sana pwede po kaya ung xerox nlng ng nbi ko last 2015 papakita kasi nawala kopo ung original copy. Hope for your reply

  • We may have same names but we do have different middle names, birthdates, name of parents. There are lots of things to check on.
    I hope waiting time for HIT people be reduced to atleast a day or two. Or if the agency is asking for 2 valid govt issued ID, that should suffice that we are not the same person who got also our names who has criminal records or has pending cases or has been arrested.
    The first time I filed for an NBI clearance, the person who released my clearance mispelled my last name. I asked why after waiting for more than a week and he said he has to take one letter off from my last name because I was HIT. That was the most ridiculous answer I had ever heard. I was lucky at that time because head of that branch was there and was kind enough to help me get it fixed but sadly i lost the job opportunity that i was eyeing for because of one missing document.

  • Hello po good morning! Ask ko lang po if valid parin ang NBI ko, kumuha po ako last 2014 for passport requirements, i am single pa po that time 2015 i got married po in Singapore. Paano po ang magiging process ng sa akin? I’ll wait for the reply po. Maraming salamat po.

  • What if nagpa clearance napo and may hit ako, pinapabalik ako after a week. Pero hindi parin ako nakakabalik kasi sobrang busy, pwede parin ba i claim?

    • yes, pwede nyo pa din po iclaim ang inyong NBI Clearance Online. Basta po hindi pa po lumilipas ang isang buwan. Masyado na po kasing matagal kung sobra na ng isang buwan pero pwede pa rin kayo magbakasakali.

  • Kudos to Ms. Rose from Information Desk as she is really helpful to print my nbi clearance. I called NBI if my clearance could be printed earlier as my new employer needed it as soon as possible and she really assisted me WITHOUT ASKING ANYTHING IN RETURN. May all the government employees are like her. Thank so much Ms. Rose.

  • Nakaschedule po ang kapatid ng step mother ko ngaung araw pero hindi sya nakaabot sa oras kasi ang release ng postal I’d nia ay 4pm ngaun wla kasi syang hwak na ibang valid I’d

  • Good day!! First time ko pong kumuha 2017 ng NBI clearance pero nag HIT po ako. Is it possible Na sa second kuha ko po ay ganun pa rin? Or basta hit ka sa unang pagkuha ganun Na sa mga susunod? Thank u

  • Hi. Good afternoon 🙂 I applied for my NBI clearance last Jan. 29 then I got a “Hit” tentative release daw po is on Feb 11. My question is possible po ba to go sa main brance para maka kuha po agad ng clearance kasi I need po kasi talaga sana by Feb 1 as a requirement for work? Appreciate your reply asap. Thank you!

  • Pwede po ba kunin sa NBI main kung HIT ka? Kumuha ako sito sa Batangas pero as usual HIt parin.. need na kasi ASAP😩😩

  • Good day. I just visited one of NBI branches hoping that I could receive my NBI clearance same day. Unfortunately they told me that I have to go back on February 12, 2019. That is more than one week. Waahh.. I asked if its on or before that date but they strictly said that I should go back on that date. Why is it more than 2 weeks?

  • Thank you so much for the info i was quite upset today when i came back to claim my nbi for release it was scheduled 1 week for release today i came from tabuk city expecting to recieve my nbi clearance but still they dont have my nbi clearance and explaining that it is from main office of nbi in manila that they cannot explain why and we have to return on friday again and i said we came from tabuk city and we have to travel early morning to nbi tuguegarao and expecting that a 1week process is enough for the agency to check if there is a record or case for an individual who is applying for an nbi clearance but now i understand even the department of foriegn affairs also have a big problem that they cannot handle and solved i hope that the i.d system in our country should be implemented i hope that the system should be upgraded godbless

  • Good day ! Tanong ko lang po sa mkaka apekto po ba sa pag kuha ng nbi ang pag palit ng address kasi po hinde ko po na pa bago yun address ko tapus nung kumuha ako un present address ko ang nalagay ko pina papapunta aq sa main for interview dahil po ba dun yun. Slmat

  • Naiinis ako isipin na may hit ako when I applied a new one on the ‘online’ system. Tindi ng hassle kasi next week dapat start ko sa bago ko trabaho. Baka ibigay na yun sa iba dahil now delayed na ako. Akala ko online meant mas convenient at mabilis laso mas pumailangmdang sa stone age.

  • what if i cannot make it on the date of the release, is it okay on the next working day, like for example the date of my NBI Clearance released is Friday but i cannot make if on that day, is it okay if I am going to get it on Monday which pasok naman sa 8-10 days nyo.

  • Good morning po.nag apply po aq online NBI nagkamali po aq ang sure name ko po ay ang pangalan ko ang nkalagay at sa given name ko ung apelyido ko po nkalagay.then pina bago ko po ito kinabukasan din sa NBI tas nag hit po aq.tanong ko lng po kung un po ba dahilan keya aq naghit sa pag fill up ko nung unang kuha ko sa NBI?

  • Hi po first time ko po ngka hit sa pagkatagal tagal kong kumukuha ng clearance may CC po akong hindi nabayaran may kinalaman po kaya iyon salamat po

  • Hello – meron po akong photocopy ng aking NBI Clearance issued noong 2016. Delayed po ang kuha because po meron akong ‘hit’. Madedelay pa rin po ba ang release nito kahit renewal?

  • 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?

      • my question is..how can a former non HIT person suddenly becomes HIT,is theres a possiblities that a non HIT comes out clean again or not become a HIT anymore?. what are the basis of a real HIT to a non HIT is it based in their middle initials,becuase I dont think so because no individuals share the same middle initials unless they are related to each other by blood right?

    • Malaki po ang possibility na may kapangalan ka po. Yun lang po ang common reasons ng HIT. Don’t worry, makukuha mo din ang iyong NBI Clearance.

    • my question is..how can a former non HIT person suddenly becomes HIT,is theres a possiblities that a non HIT comes out clean again or not become a HIT anymore?. what are the basis of a real HIT to a non HIT is it based in their middle initials,becuase I dont think so because no individuals share the same middle initials unless they are related to each other by blood right?

    • 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.

  • 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 ask..my 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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