How to Get Police Clearance Online: A Simple Guide for Filipinos

Published: July 26, 2021 | Updated: August 2, 2021 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Government Services

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Need a police clearance for local employment? The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recently implemented a new and faster way for Filipinos to secure this document, which is through an online application. Keep reading to know how to get police clearance online in the Philippines without any hassle.

What is Police Clearance?

The National Police Clearance is a document proving that the holder has no criminal or derogatory record based on the PNP database.

The police clearance is usually one of the pre-employment requirements that job candidates must submit to their employer. It’s also accepted as a valid ID in some transactions, such as applications for National ID, NBI clearance, and credit cards.

However, the police clearance is not honored as a valid ID for COMELEC voter’s registration and DFA passport application/renewal.

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How Long is the Validity of a Police Clearance?

The validity of police clearance is six months. Each clearance bears a unique QR code that ensures its authenticity.

Police Clearance Requirements

Which requirements are needed for police clearance this 2021? The PNP clearance requirements include two valid IDs. For police clearance online application, the valid IDs should meet the following criteria:

  • Not expired
  • Original (not photocopied)
  • Has the applicant’s complete name, clear photo, and signature

Any two of the following IDs can be present when you apply for a police clearance:

  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • IBP ID
  • OFW ID
  • Passport
  • PhilHealth ID
  • PNP ID
  • Postal ID
  • PRC ID
  • School ID with registration form
  • Senior citizen ID
  • TIN ID
  • Voter’s ID

If you have only one valid ID, the PNP will accept it as long as you can present a certified true copy of your birth certificate (with original official receipt). Check this guide to birth certificate application through PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority) online services.

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How to Get Police Clearance Online

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The PNP has a new system for processing police clearance in the Philippines. Launched in August 2018, the National Police Clearance System (NPCS) is an online service that enables Filipinos nationwide to get a police clearance in less than 10 minutes. Personal appearance at a police station is still required, though, for capturing the applicant’s biometrics.

Before this online system is implemented, a walk-in police clearance application would usually take 30 minutes to an hour.

The new web-based system makes the process of verifying an applicant’s criminal records and biometric data a lot faster, as the NPCS is connected to the PNP database.

So if you need to apply for a police clearance, use the police clearance online appointment system to take advantage of its convenience and efficiency. Here are the steps to get a police clearance online.

1. Register for an Account via the National Police Clearance System

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To get your police clearance online registration started, visit the NCPS website[1]. For first-time applicants, click the Register button. Read the Terms and Conditions and check all the boxes to agree to them. Click the Next button to continue. When you reach the last page, click the I Agree button.

Provide the required information on the New Applicant Registration box. Make sure to provide an active email address. Then check the Terms and Conditions box and click the Register button.

You’ll receive a confirmation message from the NPCS through email. Check your inbox or spam folder for a message with a link for verifying your online NPCS account. Click on the verification link. This action will take you to the log-in page of the NPCS website.

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2. Set an Online Appointment

Sign in to your online account by entering your registered email address and password. Click the Sign In button to continue.

Before setting an appointment for your police clearance application, you must edit your profile first. Click the Edit Profile button and fill out the online form with the necessary details. When you’re done, click the Save Profile button.

To set an appointment, click the Clearance Application button and select the nearest police station where you’ll get a police clearance. The list of available schedules will appear. Choose your preferred date and time (AM or PM). Then click Next.

Click the Land Bank of the Philippines button and then Save Appointment.

The police clearance online payment details will be displayed. Take note of the reference number issued by the system. You’ll use the number for the police clearance fee payment.

3. Pay For the Police Clearance Fee

Now that you have your reference number for your police clearance, you can now proceed to payment.

How Much is the Police Clearance Fee?

Police clearance is PHP 150 plus PHP 10 transaction fee (for a total of PHP 160).

How to Pay For Police Clearance via Landbank

Click the Pay to LANDBANK button, which will take you to the LBP ePayment Portal[2]. You’ll then pay online through this portal using your account with LANDBANK, GCash, or BancNet.

How to Pay For Police Clearance via GCash

For police clearance payments using GCash, just enter your GCash account number on the LBP ePayment portal.  Afterward, your transaction details and payment summary will be shown. This process goes the same for LANDBANK and BancNet payment options.

How to Pay Police Clearance via 7-11

If you don’t have GCash or a bank account, you can still pay for your police clearance via 7-11. To do so, just follow these steps:

  1. Select “Cash Payment” on the LBP ePayment Portal and click “Submit”. For this payment option, the police clearance price would be PHP 180 (PHP 150 for the police clearance + PHP 30 convenience fee).
  2. Select “7-Eleven” as your payment channel, review the payment details, and click “Proceed.”
  3. Copy and save your payment reference number and pay for it via 7-Eleven’s CLiQQ mobile app. Take note that you need a CLiQQ account to proceed.
  4. Select “Government” from the list of billers.
  5. Choose MYEGPH from the list of options,  then enter your payment reference number, mobile number, and total amount.
  6. Click “Confirm” and head on to the nearest 7-11 branch to pay for your police clearance by presenting the bar code on your CLiQQ app.

4. Go to Your Selected Police Station

On your scheduled appointment, bring two valid IDs, your reference number, and official receipt of your police clearance payment and present them to the police station.

You’ll then undergo biometrics capture. Have your photo, fingerprints, and digital signature taken.

Your application will go through a verification process, in which the police officer will check your biometrics and criminal records on the PNP database. This process won’t take long. Wait for your name to be called for the release of your police clearance.

However, if your application got a hit, you’ll have to undergo another verification process. Once it’s settled, you can already claim your police clearance.

How to Renew My Police Clearance?

There is no renewal for police clearance in the Philippines. Once your clearance expires (after six months from release), you have to apply for a new police clearance through the NPCS. Just follow the same steps above.

How to Verify Police Clearance Online

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If you wish to verify the authenticity of a police clearance, you can check through the NPCS as well. On the home page, scroll down and you’ll see section Verify Your Clearance.

Type in the surname on the police clearance as well as the clearance number. Tick the reCAPTCHA box and then click on Verify.

Final Thoughts

Police clearance applications nowadays are a lot more efficient than before. Transactions are smoother and faster because of the new online application system. So follow these simple steps on how to get your police clearance online and get started on your document hunting.

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