How to get NBI clearance

Welcome to getting your NBI clearance in the digital age! At least kahit papano, dun papunta ang Philippines di ba? So if before you have to fall in line bringing your requirements at the NBI office, it’s a bit different now. By the way, what does one need an NBI clearance ba? So for me, I need it as a requirement for a visa but you can also use the clearance for other purposes like a requirement for your passport or you can use it as a replacement of a valid government ID and most of the companies will require that you get one before they actually hire you.

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Anyways, so how do we get NBI clearance nowadays?

  • Visit the NBI Clearance – https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/. Create an account or sign-in if you have an existing one. If you have an expired NBI clearance (issued in 2014-2018), you can also input your old NBI clearance number during the registration.
  • Then fill-out the necessary information. If you have an existing account, feel free to edit and update if needed. Kasi ako, I needed to update my weight.
  • Once done, click “APPLY FOR CLEARANCE”.
  • You’ll be prompted what kind of ID will you present. Please note that these are the acceptable IDs:
    • Voter’s ID
    • SSS ID
    • PRC License
    • Passport
    • Postal ID
    • Driver’s License
    • GSIS UMID
    • School ID
    • Alien Certificate of Registration
    • Philhealth
    • Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID
    • NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate
    • Senior Citizen Card
    • Copy of Previous NBI Clearance
  • You’ll be prompted to choose which branch and then you’ll see a calendar with how many slots are open for each day.
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  • Then you’ll be prompted to choose which payment method you’d like. Once you choose the payment method, your reference number will pop-up. You can pay online or thru bayad centers. It’s P155.00 only.
  • Once paid, you can go to the branch on the date you selected. You don’t have to bring anything but the reference number.

So that’s it! Pretty easy as long as your name is not a “hit” then you’ll have to go back after several days. Have fun and good luck!

DOST final clearance – part 2

So after I got my final clearance from DOST Cebu – the second step to getting that passport is to get my NBI clearance for travel abroad. When I applied for my NBI clearance in 2004, I did not get a hit maybe because it was only for local emplyment. When I got another clearance in 2009, I got a hit with the DOST – SEI contractual obligation. So now, it’s time to go through the whole thing again.

We went to the NBI Dumaguete office (near Capitol) along with another co-scholar and it was packed. I was hoping that it was not busy because it was the Palarong Pambansa, but I was wrong. We went there around 10. We got a number, then waited for our number to be called so we could pay and have the application form. We paid P115, then filled out our application form (bring a pen since they do not have one there that you can borrow) then we were told to come back at 12. They do not have lunch breaks which is very good. That was 10:30AM.

We came back at 1PM, told the girl at the window that we were told to come back at 12. She told us to wait for our names to be called again. When my name was called, I was told to sit in front of the monitor along with the web camera and a biometric scanner. I watched while the girl encoded my information, making sure that the spelling is correct, and then she took a snapshot and my fingerprints on the scanner. I have to say, I appreciate the upgrade that they did on the fingerprint scanning, way back, we had to wash the ink of our fingers.

As expected, the girl immediately told me that I got a hit. They had to verify the  reason of the hit in their Manila office so we were told to come back after 10-15 working days. Although I already know the reason, and I have the documents to get that hit off my name, I don’t have much of a choice but to wait. So I guess, I’ll see NBI again in a month. We left NBI at 1:45PM.