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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  • Merlinda Balala says:

    Hi, it was my first time to apply for NBI clearance, i did it online. If you do it online, they give you schedule which is 1week from the date you applied. So applied online on Feb. 10 and my schedule to pick up was Feb 17. I went at the NBI office on Feb 17 and sad to say that it came out with HIT!!!! On that day while waiting for my number, i found out that you can apply and get the clearance on the same day, am I right? Why is it that online application give you schedule to pick up which is i wait for 1week as I need it asap na pwde nman palang makuha in one day?????

    • Roy Tubongbanua says:

      Kahapon po kumuha aq ng nbi clearance for abroad pero mayron na akong dating local nbi clearance which i got last 7 yrs. Ago., first time ko po magapply ng nbi online., at nung natapos ko na po lahat ng procedure including the picture and finger printing tinatakan po yung resibo ko na may hit daw po …. Ang tanong ko lang po dati wala naman akong hit at nakuha ko kaagad yung clearance ko within 1 day lang…maari po bang nagappear yung dating local nbi clearance ko which is hindi ko naiapply ng renewal kahapon kasi po new application ang nacheckan q sa online or baka naman may naiba ng konti sa address na nairegister ko which is yung name nung barangay na naisama ko? Pwede ko pa rin po ba makuha within this week yung clearance ko? Kasi I really needed badly for work purposes…..Pls. Help …I needed some answer

  • epi says:

    Dec 4,2013 kp dpt kkunin un nbi k kaso d kp xa nkkha. pwd kpb mkha un?my resibo nmn aq e. tnx!

  • sarah jane says:

    good am..ask lang po .,yung last name ko is Luceñara pag senave ko na nagiging Lucenara? pano ang gagawin dun..if ever kumuha ako ng passport lalabas ba dun is Luceñara or Lucenara??

  • Marcher says:

    What if the person who authorized someone to claim lost or weren’t able to bring the receipt, could it still be claimed?

  • Jay ro says:

    Hindi ka nai record dahil di ka naman nakarating ng presinto. Pero may derogatory record ka sa store na kinuhaan mo ng chips ahoy! Kaya di ka na makakatambay pa sa dinukutan mo ng pretzel

  • Jay ro says:

    As far as i know, your phone bill or even your unsettled credit card bill does not makes you a criminal. The only thing the telcos or banks can do is blacklist your name so other company have the idea. This doesnt affect your record.

  • Stephen says:

    ask lang with HIT un skn almost 1 month na un resibo ko hnd pko pumupnta ng taft pra sa interview. ok lng ba un meron ba expiry date un? thank you.

  • kay says:

    Hi. Possible reason for hit ba ang UNPAID GLOBE PLAN? Thanks.

  • jc says:

    may requirements po ba na dadalin sa nbi main pag may hit ka or yung resibo lang?

  • grace says:

    nakakaasar ung na hit kana then the day na irelease na xa quality control na naman! grabe naman yan! nakakaabala na talaga lalo na pag my work.. wala nabang magagawa ang nbi para naman mabawasan ng konti ung pag kahassle ng pagkuha ng NBI Clearance!

  • roselyn says:

    ang nbi travel ba pwede sa requierement kapag local employment? pls answer thank you

  • polo loco says:

    meron ba dinadampot sa quality control interview kung may HIT?…

  • josh says:

    ang tagal tagal ko ng nagrerenew ng nbi maraming beses na last renew ko ko nung july 2014 lagi pa ako sa main office kumukuha nung magrenew ako ngayon sa haba ng pinila ko pagdating sa evaluator nagkaroon ako ng hit paano nangyari n may kapangalan ako at napansin ko kanina habang nakapila ako marami ako nakikita na with hit sa mga evaluator di kaya sira ang data base nyo. pede ba malaman kung paano ako nagkaroon ng namesake?

  • khemron says:

    grabe nman, 2 week pa bago ma.release ung nbi q, last year nman wla nman hit s name q.. wla nman akng kaso, nkka badtrip s hinaba haba ng pila, at nagtiis ng gutom.. taz s bndang huli.. eto ang msngyAyare.. bwiset talaga.!!

  • Precy says:

    please help naman po. lage lang lumalabas yung ‘please activate your account first. lahat na ng e-mail ko nilagay ko na pero gnun pdn.

  • reneflor zapata cagado says:

    For the first time i’ve been hit i know my name is unique

  • Marlon Martin says:

    This HIT Sh*t is my always problem simula nung una kong pag kuha ng NBI Clearance noon. then ngayon natuwa ako dahil wow online na sila so nag apply ako ng NBI nung Feb 2 however schedule of claim ko is Feb 15 kaya sabi ko parang ganon pa din dahil i have to wait 10 Business days pero atleast di na ako nag antay sa pila. Nung pumunta ako ng NBI nung Feb 15 para iclaim bigla akong binigyan ng maliit na papel that i have to wait again for another 10 business days to claim my NBI clearance dahil may HIT daw ako. so i complained sabi ko what’s the use of waiting 10 business days from Feb 2 kung pag claim ko eh saka palang kayo mag veverify. sabi nila yun daw kasi ang process at puro alibi ang pinag sasabi nila at wala ako naririnig na solution or apology from them for the inconvenience kaya sabi ko there’s no point of arguing to them kaya nilayasan kona lang. buti nalang pala di ko badly needed ang NBI clearance kumuha lang ako dahil di na sya valid. useless online Sh*t.

  • Rollie valdez says:

    What if i have a unpaid bill w/the one of post paid plan bec of a personal problem ma hit b pngalan ko s nbi thnks

  • arlene says:

    why every time i get NBi clearance is always HiT.. if once you HIT is ok because you need to verify that at first but if you get clearance 2nd, 3rd or so.. why is still HIT? and why is so long of waiting of releasing if you are HIT?.. (delayed of securing documents in that case.).. i hope there is a solution of this.. thank you and good day

    • bnm says:

      There will never be a solution to this. This is the new red tape process.

  • cherel baroma says:

    Mkakakuha ba ng nbi as single kahit na nakakuha na before as married?

  • Patricia Syquia says:

    What if I missed the date of going back for my NBI Clearance because of work?

    • jake says:

      apply and bayad ka ulit.

  • arch says:

    sir please help and answer tikitan po ako sa makati because of littering. ma apektuhan po ba ang NBI ko po?

    • gin says:

      ask ko lng po hit po kasi name ko. ndi po kaya dhil dati naticketan ako dahil sa littering pero nakapag bayad naman po agad ako para dun so bali pag claim ko ng clearance wala na magiging prob nun kasi nga bayad n yun at may resibo ako nun for proof. pasagot naman po salamat

    • Jhaa M says:

      Hi Arch, no.. It’s just traffic violation. Makaka-apekto lang pag CRIMINAL RECORDS.. Pag MMDA Ticket lang, wala naman 🙂

  • aynaku says:

    Nagka hit ako sa NBi last kong kuha 2013 wala naman akong hit. Posible ba na non-payment ng credit card isa sa reason? May pending pa kasi ako utang sa credit card. Answer pls.

  • renny says:

    Hi… i got a “hit” in my nbi application 2014. I’m wondering if their system has improve so that next year my name will not have “hit” again. If they already cleared it in 8 working days.Its inconvenient if every year you apply for a nbi clearance it will always have hits.

  • catherine says:

    Via online reg.ako today is my ever gotesco mall recto pagdating ko don one week na pla closed at nilipat na sa main.pero sabi pwd ko kunin sa malapit na nbi branch basta dala ko resibo kya pumunta ako ng qc hall kc tga delmonte ave.pagdating ko don sa main daw ma process..d ko na nkuha.pwd pb kunin yon

  • Kevin Ramirez says:

    So nahit din ako. At pinapabalik ng 2 weeks pero d ako pinafillup sa application form bat ganun? After 2 weeks saka nila ako ipapafill up? Ganun ba yun?

  • Roselyn says:

    GRABI same name talaga tapos middle name at apilyido.. WHAT THE F*CK naman.. GOSH!!..

  • Roselyn says:

    Today, I went to NBI to get passport tapos sinabi sa akin babalik ako after two weeks.. GOSH! ang sakit ng puso ko to know na binigyan ako ng name na unique tapos na HIT ako? GOSH!!!

  • mernskie says:

    today was the schedule of my nbi app. ok naman yung system. mabilis kasi online app, payment is thru bayad center/banks. pag dating dun pila nalang for finger scanning and picture. ang masaklap lang after so many years na one day process lang yung nararanasan ko sa NBI, i’ve got a HIT! tapos balik daw ako ng feb18. si kuya hindi man lang sinabi sakin kung ano yung HIT ko! sana man lang magkaron sila ng konting decency magsabi kung ano yung HIT para san yung HIT! my name is unique kaya eversince hindi ako nahihirapan mag-process ng NBI. tapos last kuha ko is 2012 using the surname of my ex-hubby ok naman. 3yrs lang pagitan nagkaron ako ng HIT?! owhy owhy!

  • Matt arnel leyson says:

    May hit ako dismissed na kaso ko bakit nag hihit parin lagi and pano ma tatangal un para ma asikaso ko na.. and cicl kaso ko dati bakit pumasok sa nbi eh minor ako nung nangyari ang kaso.. pano ba tangalin sa nbi ang hit ko officially dismissed na ako kaso sana may maka tulong dito

  • kitkat says:

    binigyan ako kanina ng ticket dahil daw littering sa makati.makikita ba sa NBI yun?

    • arch says:

      na tikitan po ako sa makati for littering ma apektuhan po ba ang NBI ko?

  • Ma Jullebe Casanares says:

    na hit po ako ngayon.. bakit po ba eh pangatlong kuha kuna eto? ngayun lang nag hit? what are the possible reasons bat ako na hit/?

    • canor cubes says:

      posibleng dahil ikaw ay nging kriminal

  • Michael says:

    What if renewal po may HIT pa din ba? HIT kasi ako palagi eh nong kumukuha ako ng bagong NBI. OFW po ako then pinadala ko kahapon sa representative ko sa pinas ang lahat ng requirements ko for renewal and 2-4 days bago nya marecieve, sa March 9 mag expire ang visa ko so atleast 2 weeks prior ng exipration ng visa ko marecieve ko na ang NBI clearance which required for renewal ng visa para makapaglodge ng ako ng application ko for working visa. Is there any way na 1 day lang ang processing at pwede na makuha kaagad? Salamat

    • triple a says:

      oo, pag may HIT ka, forever na yan

  • kareen Myles Cantada says:

    Jan.26’15 ako nagbayad sa lbc para sa online nbi ko po.Makukuha ko pa ba po ito ng feb.10’15????

  • Alex says:

    Katamaran, Kung me hit, bakit Kung kapangalan, magkapareho ba ang birth date at place ng 2 individual? Kawawa Naman Ang inosenteng nag aapply ng clearance dahil sa bulok na sistema.

  • Basilio jr. S. SUERO says:


    • diosep says:

      ask ko lng po panu kung nwla ko pa ung resibo ng akin..dpat po dec 16 ko pa po kukunin ung NBI kaso nwla po ung resibo eh!!!pahelp po

  • Basilio jr. S. SUERO says:

    I GOT HIT ! >..<

  • VYS says:

    Vladimir Yevgeny (common filipino last name) tapos hit ako? What the fuck?

    • Keith Michael Villanueva says:

      Kamusta? Nakuha mo na NBI clearance mo? Ano nangyari?

      • canor cubes says:

        nabalitaan ko png patay na si sir vladimir

  • Jovito Lerrer says:

    lahat ng may HIT may quality control interview. automatic yan. pag balik mo after 1-2 weeks, siguraduhin mo na may pang byahe ka sa main office kasi bibigyan ka ng note na for quality control. tapos kung may kaso, sayo man yun o hindi kailangan mo parin i-settle sa court kung saan. para ma verify nila kung ikaw ba yung nasa case. tapos balik ka ulit main office para ibigay yung papers then babalik ka sa branch mo para kunin ang clearance mo.

    • NBI Clearance Admin says:

      Mali po ang sinabi mo. Iisa isahin ko lahat ng sinabi mo:“lahat ng may HIT may quality control interview. automatic yan.” – Hindi yan automatic at Hindi lahat ng hit ay may quality control interview. Kung may kapangalan ka lang, papabalikin ka sa mismong NBI Branch after 10 working days kung saan ka kumuha. Kung may kaso ka o nagkataon na ang kapangalan mo ay mayroong kaso, papapuntahin ka sa MAIN Branch ng NBI Clearance para sa NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview.“tapos kung may kaso, sayo man yun o hindi kailangan mo parin i-settle sa court kung saan. para ma verify nila kung ikaw ba yung nasa case.” – Hindi mo kelangan pumunta ng Korte. Sayo man o hindi ang kaso. Pupunta ka sa NBI Clearance Quality Control para sa isang interview. Sa interview na yun, malalaman na agad ng NBI Clearance personnel at ng resident lawyer ng NBI Clearance kung ikaw nga ba ang taong may kaso o kapangalan mo lamang. Tanong lang, (ito ay base sa statement mo) paano mo isesettle ang kaso na hindi sayo?“tapos balik ka ulit main office para ibigay yung papers then babalik ka sa branch mo para kunin ang clearance mo.” – Hindi mo na kelangan lumabas pa ng NBI Clearance Main office at kung saan saan magpunta. Quality Control interview lamang ang dapat gawin.Maling mali po ang pagkakaintindi nyo sa proseso at halatang hindi nyo alam.

      • Edna delante says:

        Hi po kumuha po ako ng nbi online pero ko pa po pinuntahan pro my kaso po ako sa provincial court dati pro dismis na po ned ko pa rin po punta ng main office po?

        • Haward says:

          Lalabas ung case mo as “pending case” sa NBI Clearance. Mapapa alis mo lang sya kung meron kang dokumento na nagpapatunay na dismissed na ang kaso. Need mo pumunta ng Main office para dun.

      • rasta says:

        ibig sabihin po ba kapag walang reklamo sau na nakarecord. mabibigyan ka ng NBI. pano f may pangalan k sa tokhang nakarecord ba yun sir. ndi kba mabibigyan ng NBi clearance?

  • helen j sumugat says:

    paano po ma claim ang form ko ng on nbi byad n po ako ea

  • airjimhaane says:

    paano po aaakapag naaakapag fiallup ako ang faorm aapagapunta ko apo sa main apwede na aapo aba sa monday yun feb 1o?

  • Ritchel says:

    What if my nbi got hit? Do i need to go to manila for interview in quality control?

  • chrstian says:

    Good day.kagagaling ko lang po sa NBI head office today at alam ko po na may HIT ako.dahil may kaso ako.pero yung kaso dismissed na at need ko na bumalik sa ibang bansa para sa trabaho ko.May ticket nako for nextweek pero pinababalik ako ay sa feb 14 pa.

  • fritzie says:

    I applied for nbi and ive been hit. Just wondering bec my last application was year 2007. In my knowledge I have no criminal records. So is it because i have a namesake only?

  • donjester alindayo says:

    karamihan sa mga comment mga innosent di nila alam kung ano ngyare bkit ganun … means namesake … infact ang suerte pa nio but it has a different to me because its really me ….. ang masama pinaratangan ako sa isang bagay na di ko naman alam…… ngaun sira na pangalan ko ganyan kalupit ang goverment ng pilipinas basta kinasuhan ka ginawa mo man o hindi may record ka …. ang di ko alam kung bibigyan pa ako ng nbi clearance ……. so alam ko na di naman din pinaniwalaan ng gov kc sa hinaba haba ng naging imbistigasyon skin mas ginusto nalang ng goverment na ipapatay ako sa mga kriminal na bintangero at pakialamero kesa magkulong ng isang inosenteng nakakulong….. hay naku kung meron man kayong kaso takbuhan nio nalang at hintayin ang warant of arrest kesa harapin ng buong tapang dahil mas delikado ang vendiction process..

  • MYDA says:

    For example feb 5 ang release date for clearance na may hit, pwede ba siyang kunin sa other date later nun?

  • myles tan says:

    my last applicatiom was last may 2014 and i didnt receivd any hit. today,i applied again and by surprisd i have a hit! is it possible that i did not wait for a year before applying?

  • Ana Lieza Andrada says:

    Is it posible na deretsong ireklamo ang isang tao sa nbi without filling case in the municipality? Pls help me. Thank you