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

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!

What’s the deal with this 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.

Once a 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.

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 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 a 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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  • Michael
    February 9, 2018

    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
      February 9, 2018

      oo, pag may HIT ka, forever na yan

  • Anonymous
    February 9, 2018

    My question is, if ever ba na may record kana for NBI Clearance issuance before tapos sa pag kuha mo ulit is NEW yung nakalagay hindi RE-NEW, ito ba ang dahilan kaya ma ta tag as HIT?

    Kindly clarify please.

    THank you.

    • Tristan Toralba
      February 9, 2018

      I think malinaw naman na sinabi sa article sa taas kung anong dahilan ng HIT. Kung babasahin mo, masasagot mo ang tanong mo.

      • arlene
        February 16, 2018

        uu malinaw po sr.. pero bakit wala ba sila record sa evry time kukuha ka ng clearance.. eh dapat narveiw na nila un kasi sa first time ok lang HIt ka kasi dami mo kapareha name or known ung family name.. pero if renewal nah i think d nman ata pwde HIT parin.. at ung releasing ang tagal hindi ba pwde 3days lang.. ang tagal ng 1week kaya..

    • rowel
      February 22, 2018

      yung may criminal record lang po ba ang magkahit? how about yung may utang na pera tapos indi nabayaran kasama po ba yon?

  • Alex
    February 9, 2018

    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.

    • shopao
      February 12, 2018

      Tama, bulok ang systema sa NBI, birth certificate at middle name, imposibleng may kapareho. nandun din data ng name ng parents. Ang kinagandahan lang ay nagkaroon ng multipurpose para sa mga corrupt na namamahala. Salamat sa Pres. Duterte. pwede na gamitin kahit local at abroad ang clearance ngayon.

  • Mike m
    February 8, 2018


    Yung online door to door delivery kung may hit ka ay pwede lang kung sa main branch ka nag apply. Same din sa online quick renewal.

    Confirmed this kanina lang sa Robinsons Galleria.

  • VYS
    February 7, 2018

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

    • Keith Michael Villanueva
      February 23, 2018

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

  • Jovito Lerrer
    February 7, 2018

    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
      February 8, 2018

      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
        February 9, 2018

        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
          February 9, 2018

          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
        February 9, 2018

        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?

      • shopao
        February 12, 2018

        Bulok naman ang systema nyo admin. Paano nagkakahit ang isang tao? Magkapareho ba ang surname, first name, middle name, name of father and mother. Slow ba at low tech mga computer na ginagamit nyo pati mga gamit nyong application/software? At bakit may mga fixer sa Main office, para makakuha ng 1 day process kung may HIT. Marami pa rin corrupt sa pinamumunuan nyo. So ang HIT na yan pararaan para may under the table. At kung may HIT at napatunayan na hindi naman sa kanya ang kaso bakit may HIT pa uli sa susunod. Dapat clear na ninyo yun sa system nyo para sa susunod, hindi na hassle. Hindi dapat may forever na HIT.

        BTW. Taxes namin nasasayang. Oras, panahon at pera din. Paki ayos po systema at management nyo. Salamat.

      • arlene
        February 16, 2018

        gets ko po ang sinasabi mo.. pero ang tanong ko bakit paulit ulit na HIT kah evry time na kukuha.. tama lang nman ata ung first time mo HIt ka kasi need iverify lahat pero if palagi ka ng kumukuha or renew nalang bakit HIT parin? tapos bakit ang tagal ng releasing 1 week hindi ba pwde pababaan ng days lang po.. i hope my responce sa concern ko.. thank you po and godbless

      • Keith Michael Villanueva
        February 23, 2018

        So, pinapabalik ako sa kinuhaan ko ng NBI clearance which is at Manila Central Post Office. Iyon ung nakatatak kasama na bumalik ako Ng after 10 days. Nung tinanong ko bakit ako may hit, sinabi sa akin ng tao sa counter na may kapangalan daw ako.

        Pwede na ba akong makahinga nang maluwag kasi hindi ako pinapapunta ng NBI Main Branch which will mean na may kaso ako o ung kapangalan ko ay may kaso?

        Thank you!

  • chrstian
    February 5, 2018

    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.

  • MYDA
    February 4, 2018

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

  • ann
    December 23, 2017

    i applied last dec 22 and i got a hit! they told me to return on jan 10 pa! is there any other way pra mkuha ko sya earlier kasi i need it for my interview sa jan 5..thanks in advance sa mg rereply..last time kasi wala naman akong i was confident n mkukuha ko sya the same day..nbasa ko somewhere n pag for abroad daw ngaun eh ng auto hit ka…

    • Jay
      January 23, 2018

      Maam” same situation poh,,, paki email naman poh ako kung anong feedback sa inyo.. kukuha kasi ako nbi for abroad and then pinababalik ako february 8, 2018.

      • jay
        January 23, 2018

        eto poh email ko [email protected]

      • ann
        January 23, 2018

        san ka nag apply? if sa satellite office you can go to the main branch sa un avenue..punta ka 4th floor sa ICT something na room..mag tanong sa mga nakaupo kng naka pila cla then pila ka din..bring your receipt and your tickets kong meron kana…if wala, tell them na sa satellite office ka nag apply…i went to the main branch 1 week after ko mag apply sa satellite office..they will give you a number then wait mo tawagin and follow instructions given…i got mine the same day…hope that helped..good luck

        • Ayam
          January 26, 2018

          Hi Ann! I heard na mahaba pila sa main branch. How long did it take before your clearance was released? My husband also got a hit and was told to go back on feb 9 but interview is on feb 6. So might go to the main branch next week.

          • ann
            January 26, 2018

            i went there fri at hindi naman ganun kahaba ang pila..i arrived at 1 pm nag start cla mag tawag at 2pm and i was out at was worth the wait kng urgent naman talaga…

          • Ayam
            January 26, 2018

            Thanks for replying Ann! Will try to go on Monday.

          • ann
            January 26, 2018

            you’re welcome and good luck..and by the way mention nu na satellite office kayo nag apply ..

        • Chesca
          January 30, 2018

          Hi Ann

          Do you think I can get the clearance on the same day if I go to the ICT on the 4th floor in NBI main? I got a hit today and was asked to go back feb 8. I need the nbi clearance urgently. Let me know thanks.

  • Michelle Reyes
    December 4, 2017

    Hi..if I may ask, I have been HIT last Nov 7, teller said I need to go to the NBI main because of tag Quality control..but since I am working, up to this date, I still didn’t have myself going to NBI main in u.n. Ave. My question is, is it possible yet for me to claim my copy since I have my receipt with me? Pls reply for further clarification, thanks?!

  • Judit
    November 29, 2017

    Pag my ka hit kba..ilang days bgo makuha???

  • Mary Ann Tiglao
    November 9, 2017

    Its very clearly written that you can claim your nbi clearance with hit in 8 to 10 days I applied today November 92017 and they stamp my receipt to claim it on November 28 so I its more than 10 working days its 19 working days. Why?

  • Cha
    October 13, 2017

    I got also HIT!!! Wtf?! The last 3 NBI i’ve got was no hit! Im confident enough that i have no criminal record! And for the first time awhile ago i got HIT at the NBI Main Office! After the long wait and line that’s what i get?! Wtf NBI! And your office is so freakin hot! Magsara na kayo! Leche!

  • Peter Wiles
    October 12, 2017

    I got a HIT yesterday.
    Sat in line for about 30 minutes and they issued my clearance.
    This was at the main office.

    • Cathy
      October 18, 2017

      Good for you Peter that you got your clearance on the day that you applied. I applied today but unfortunate to get it because i got hit by NBI. Lucky for you because you aplied in the main office.

  • renz
    September 15, 2017

    Kaka-18 ko lang nung 2 weeks ago, may hit na agad ako. Wow! Porket pangit ang mukha ko, pinagkakamalan nyo na akong kriminal?

  • Kelvin
    August 30, 2017

    HIT! With all the unique documents and finger prints i have done. And still fucking HIT? Is my finger prints the same as other human beings? The hell NBI .. upgrade your system!! Your building is full of crap, its dirty and its freakig hot inside. What is the use of built in a/c?! Is it just part of the building designs.

  • richard
    August 15, 2017

    kupal talaga tong nbi nato naturingan pa naman kayong mga imbestigador jan.tuwing kukuha nalang ako ng nbi clearance palaging may wla naman akong naging kaso kahit isa,ang gagaling nyo jan pahirap kayo sa mga pilipino mga busettttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bhong
    July 19, 2017

    Hi. Thank you for this article… i know it stated learly that if under a HIT status, all you have to do is to wait for the date given for the release of your certificate. I just still wanna know if there is a chance that an NBI Applicant with HIT status get early release on his certificate?? Like for example, it was needed for renewal of passport and you need the certificate on an earlier time? If so, please help me out. Lol. wil be waiting for any response thank you.

  • BEN
    July 8, 2017

    I apply for NBI clearance every year as I travel frequently. But starting last year, I’ve been getting a “HIT”. I applied again a few days ago for this year and I got told I got “hit” (for the 2nd consecutive time). If they’ve cleared my name after being categorized a HIT last year, why do I undergo a similar long time this time as well? Will that mean that I’d have a longer processing time every time I’d apply?

  • Shane
    July 7, 2017

    Why in the world is the Philippine Government still using this backwards 20th Century way of doing things? There are 104 Million people in the Philippines so of course there are going to be many people with the same name. Have they ever heard of assigning records by Social Security # so that every name is attached to a unique number so that they can figure out exactly who they are dealing with?? In the U.S. when you apply for a job your background check is done automatically by the employer (all electronically) and the employee doesn’t have to do anything at all. No line, no stamps, nothing. Everything is computerized and your unique background check is attached to your social security number so there are no mix-ups. You just put in your application and interview and any background checks are done by the employer and they just simply call/email you when it’s done processing and then you’re off to work if you pass. I can’t believe how hard it is to get a job in the Philippines. You even have to get a medical exam just for a call center job? Really? In the U.S. there are no physicals or medical exams unless you’re doing a high-risk job that puts other people at risk such as joining the Military, being an Airline Pilot, or a Truck Driver. The government shouldn’t be making it harder on the Philippine people to have work.

    • Niel John
      March 17, 2018

      How I wish that this applies in the Philippines 🙁