This article was published on March 29, 2019 and was updated on January 17, 2019.
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, that’s already a thing of the past. The NBI has gone digital and improved the way it handles NBI clearance applications in the Philippines. You just need a desktop or mobile device and an internet connection to apply for a clearance in the comforts of your home.
If you were issued with an NBI clearance from 2014 to 2018, head on to this article about NBI Clearance renewal.
Step 1: NBI Clearance Online Account Registration
Visit the NBI Clearance website (1).
On the Register box, tick the “No” box next to “Do you have an old NBI clearance?”
Fill out the NBI Clearance Online Account Registration form.
Tick the box next to “I accept terms of service.” Read the Terms of Service and click the Agree button.
Click the Sign Up button. An Important Reminder box will show. Review the information there. Click the Yes button to confirm.
Once you see a confirmation of successful registration on the screen, log in to your account by entering your email address and password.
Fill out the NBI Clearance Online Application Form. Once done, click the Save Information button.
Double-check your information. To make changes to your personal details, click the Edit Information button. Then click the Save Information button again after editing your info.
Click the Apply for Clearance button.
On the Confirmation box, enter the valid ID you’ll present for your NBI clearance application. Although only one ID is being asked for this step, you’ll still need to bring two valid IDs on your scheduled appointment.
Click the I Agree button.
Step 2: NBI Clearance Online Appointment
When your NBI Clearance online registration is complete, the Online Appointment page will appear.
To set a schedule for your personal appearance at an NBI branch, choose an 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 option) by clicking on the corresponding button on the calendar.
Step 3: Pay Your NBI Clearance Fees
NBI Clearance payment methods:
Bank over the counter – Cash deposit at BDO, BPI, Metrobank, PNB, Security Bank, UnionBank, or any partner bank
Online bank – Payment via the online banking facility of a partner bank
Bayad Center – Cash payment at any Bayad Center outlet or its partners nationwide
MultiPay – Payment via MultiPay wallet or at any Bayad Center-MultiPay outlet
ECPay – Payment at any ECPay outlet such as RD Pawnshop and San Mig Food Avenue
7-Eleven – Payment using the CLiQQ kiosk at a 7-Eleven branch
How much does it cost to apply for an NBI clearance?
The NBI Clearance 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.
The payment center may also charge a service fee for processing your NBI Clearance fee payment.
Go to the NBI Clearance center on your appointment schedule. Bring two valid IDs.
Proceed to the Biometric and Image Capture area. Present your reference number.
Have your photo, fingerprint, and digital signature taken.
The NBI Clearance staff will show you your information from a computer screen. Review all the details thoroughly, making sure everything is correct.
Proceed to the Printing area. Wait for your NBI Clearance to be printed and issued to you.
What if I have an NBI hit?
If you have a hit (which means you have a namesake with a criminal record), the NBI Clearance staff will tell you to come back on a certain date.
You may choose to have your clearance delivered to you if you aren’t available to return to the NBI Branch to claim it. Here’s how:
Go to the NBI Clearance Online Services site.
Find the NBI Clearance eServices section.
Click the “With Hit? NBI Delivery Service” box.
Enter your reference number and birthdate.
Click the Submit button.
The NBI Clearance online application seem to be a complicated procedure—but it’s actually simple. Just follow the steps right and provide complete and correct information when applying for your NBI Clearance.
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