Published: December 14, 2020 | Updated: July 23, 2021 | Posted by: Moneymax | Government Services
The NBI clearance application used to be a tedious and time-consuming process. Remember how you endured long lines and spent almost an entire day to get that all-important piece of paper? The experience would get worse if you had a hit, which meant you’d have to bear the agony of waiting and the hassle of returning to finally pick up your clearance.
But thankfully, you no longer have to endure all these. The NBI has gone digital and has improved the process of how to apply for NBI clearance in the Philippines. You just need a desktop or mobile device and an internet connection to do your NBI online registration in the comforts of your home.
Save time and ensure successful processing of your clearance with the help of this NBI Clearance online application guide.
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You only need two government-issued IDs when applying for an NBI clearance online. Any of the following valid IDs will do:
However, make sure to only provide valid IDs that meet the following requirements:
Non-government-issued IDs such as company ID and Barangay Clearance are not accepted as valid IDs for the application.
The step-by-step guide below is for first-time applicants and those with their latest NBI Clearance issued before 2014. If you were issued with an NBI clearance from 2014 to 2018, head on to this article about NBI Clearance Renewal.
For first-time job seekers who want to get their NBI clearance, you can also watch this step-by-step video guide on how to fill up NBI Clearance application form online.
When your online registration is complete, the Online Appointment page will appear.
To set your schedule (your personal appearance at an NBI branch), choose the NBI branch where you want to submit your application from the drop-down menu.
You’ll see a calendar with open slots (the blue boxes) for your chosen branch. Dates with red boxes indicate a holiday when the NBI branch is closed.
Choose your preferred date and time (either AM or PM) by clicking on the corresponding button on the calendar.
You can set your NBI schedule at several NBI branches in Metro Manila. If you’re living outside Metro Manila and wondering where to get NBI Clearance, you can find provincial branches from the drop down menu as well.
That means no need to travel all the way to Manila if you’re living in, say, Laguna or Cavite. We’ve listed down some NBI branches in the city where you can get your NBI Clearance, including the NBI Clearance main office on U.N. Avenue in Ermita.
Back to the main article: Valid IDs in the Philippines You Need to Have
The fee regardless of purpose (local employment, travel abroad, etc.) is PHP 130 plus PHP 25 system fee for the e-payment service, for a total of PHP 155.
Aside from the NBI Clearance price, the payment center may also charge a service fee for processing your payment.
Your NBI validity period is 6 months up to a year from issue. This is to keep your NBI record updated should you get involved in anything criminal within those 6 to 12 months. After your NBI Clearance expiration, you will need to go online again to apply for a renewal.
You can check your NBI validity under the NBI Clearance eServices tab on the NBI Clearance main page. Click the NBI Clearance Online Verification tab, input your NBI ID Number or scan the QR code, and click Verify.
The renewal process itself takes only about 15 to 45 minutes. Your requirements will be checked and verified, after which you will proceed to fingerprinting, digital signature, and photo taking. If your name has no hit, you can receive your NBI Clearance a few minutes later. If there is a hit, you will be asked to come back 5 to 10 days later.
This will depend on whether or not you’ve already paid your NBI Clearance. If you haven’t, your appointment schedule will automatically be cancelled and you will need to make a new online appointment.
If you have already settled your payment, you have up to 15 days from your missed appointment to personally visit your appointed NBI branch and process your clearance.
No, walk-in applicants are not allowed. Before you can enter the NBI Clearance branch, you must present your reference number generated from your online application.
Now that you know how to apply for it online, you’ll realize that it’s actually simpler than it sounds. Just follow the steps correctly and provide complete and accurate information when getting your NBI Clearance.
Make your NBI appointment online at least two weeks ahead. More often than not, the branch near you is fully booked. This way. you’ll get your clearance on time, even if there’s a hit.
Source:  NBI Official Website
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