How To Apply For NBI Clearance


How to apply for NBI Clearance


With the title itself, we could think of going immediately to the nearest NBI Clearance Center to get a copy of the document. It sounds so easy, yet, there are instances wherein we get confused and lost in the process.

To help you cope up, I have created a guide for you to be able to prepare beforehand before you apply for NBI Clearance.

NBI Clearance Application

Here's what to do when applying for NBI Clearance.

Step 1 - Go to the nearest NBI office


Head over to the nearest NBI Clearance Center to schedule an appointment. Tap the assigned personnel to set your schedule.

For some NBI offices, there are actually standby kiosks offering for appointment scheduling service. You can immediately approach any of them if you want to avoid long queues inside the premises. You just have to pay for the service fee.

You can also opt to set an appointment before going to the office via the NBI Clearance online facility in which you can choose your preferred schedule of appointment and pay the document through   NBI’s Payment Center partners.


It is best to bring your old NBI Clearance if your purpose is to renew as it will expedite the process.

Step 2 - Pay the document


After setting your appointment schedule, pay the document immediately.

Due to the NBI Clearance Online Payment System, the assigned personnel may instruct you to pay the document at a specific payment center nearest the office.

Be advised that effective March 12, 2018, the NBI is charging Php130.00 per clearance certificate to comply with Documentary Stamp Tax rate adjustment.

There could also be a service fee if you are going to pay the document at NBI’s payment center partners.

Step 3 - Head back to the office for photograph and biometrics


After paying for the document, head back to the office for photo capture and biometrics. I am sure you are familiar with photo capture. As for biometrics, it only needs to scan your fingerprints on a device.

Step 4 - Wait for your clearance certificate


Now, it’s time to wait for your NBI Clearance to be handed to you.

Depending on the office’s policy, they may issue a priority number for the release of the document or they may just call your name. All you really have to do is be attentive to the assigned personnel. You will know which station or desk assigned to the task as the applicants will flock on the area.

With the recent modification of NBI’s system, the document may be released within the day, as long as you do not have an NBI Clearance HIT

Having a HIT could mean a lot of things. But you need not worry if you do not remember any case filed to you. It could just mean that there is another person holding the same name and they just have to verify everything before they hand over the document.

If in case you do have a “HIT”, your clearance will be put on hold and you will be advised to go back on a certain date.

Additional Reminders


Please bring at least two (2) valid documents and/or IDs when appearing to the NBI Clearance Center. You may bring any of the following:

  • Voter’s ID
  • SSS ID
  • PRC License
  • Passport
  • Postal ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS UMID
  • School ID
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Philhealth Card
  • TIN Card
  • NSO/PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Senior Citizen Card
  • Copy of Previous NBI Clearance

Best of luck with your NBI Clearance application! If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to post in the comments section below.

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