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How to Get Your NBI Clearance Online

How to Get Your NBI Clearance Online

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(This is an old post re-published.)

(Picture above is not at NBI Davao.)

In my city, the words “NBI Clearance” are often met with dread. This is because the office always manages to be full every day, with people. The lines tend to spill on to the streets, and people begin lining up at 4am just to be first!

I haven’t gone to NBI in, like, almost four years because there wasn’t any need for me to go. But because I will be taking up a board exam this May, I have no choice but to get a clearance.

It’s such a great thing that they have the online option now!

I didn’t think much of it mainly because I was aware that you still have to go to the actual office to claim your clearance. However, when my schoolmate from UP, who is also my classmate in my real estate brokerage class, said that she used the online option and she needed to be at the office for only 5 minutes, I was sold. Since I know most are either not aware of this option or do not how it works, let me take this opportunity to be your guide. Let’s begin!

1. Visit NBI’s website at and click on the button that says “Click here.”

2. Similarly, you can also go straight ahead to

A diagram of the process is also outlined above

3. If you don’t have an account yet, simply make an account by filling in the form located at the home page of

4. You need to edit your information accurately. I no longer have a screen capture of this step because there are too many pieces of information that need to be blurred out, but I’m sure you will understand how to do it.

5. Next, click on “Apply for Clearance.”

6. You need to specify the purpose of your clearance and follow the steps like filling in the form containing your details.

7. You can also upload your photo if you like. Honestly, I thought this was going to be the photo reflected on the clearance. Silly me, haha, but I just took my chances. But no, you’re still going to have your photo taken at the NBI office. Duh.

8. After completely and accurately filling in your details, apply for a transaction by clicking on the “Transaction” tab at the left side.

9. I wasn’t able to take a screen capture of it, but I recall that all you need to do is set a transaction with an available date (a calendar with the number of empty slots is provided). You also need to specify your chosen NBI branch. Then you also need to specify whether you will come in the morning or in the afternoon.

10. Next, you need to pay for the clearance. There are many options provided. For example, you can pay over-the-counter at banks or, if I’m not mistaken, LBC. There are also online options which I chose, of course. I chose to pay via DragonPay for BPI Express Online (not mobile). Don’t worry; there are detailed instructions provided.

11. Finally, wait for your account to reflect a “PAID” status. In my case, since I paid in the evening, the status only reflected the next morning.

12. Print the form containing your transaction number; this form will be presented at the branch.

13. Go to the NBI branch you specified on the date and time that you specified. Present your form to the information table and he will sign it (etc.). He will also tell you to proceed to Window 5.

14. At Window 5, you will have your fingerprints and photo taken. Afterward, two things may happen. It’s either you will receive your NBI clearance on the same day or, like in my case, you will receive a Hit status.

15. In case you’ve been hit, all you need to do is return to NBI after a week.

16. After a week, I returned to NBI to claim my clearance. I was told to go to Window 1 and was guided to the Releasing area. I sat for around 10 minutes and then I was called. My NBI clearance was ready! That’s it!

That was the entire process. It may seem like a lot because of the number of steps, but really, I think the entire thing didn’t even take up two hours. That includes the making of account, filling in of details, setting the transaction, paying for the clearance, going to the branch, and finally claiming it!

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  • Reply Louisa November 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I haven’t tried to get my NBI online yet but when I do I’ll make sure to make this a guide!

  • Reply Pearliza Paguio November 21, 2015 at 12:09 am

    We did the same thing last time we needed to get our NBI clearance a few months ago. It’s definitely faster and easier.

  • Reply Cris Ruffolo November 21, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Dealing with them before was once a horrifying experience but this agency has since stepped up. 🙂

  • Reply Cris Ruffolo November 21, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Dealing with them before used to be a horrifying experience but this agency has since stepped up. 🙂

  • Reply Michi November 21, 2015 at 6:24 am

    This is nice, I also know someone who lined up at 4AM too just to get NBI clearance. It is good to know that you can now apply online. #stressfree

  • Reply Nilyn November 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I have used NBI Clearance online I think twice or thrice na. But not for me, for hubby. Very convenient and very fast! Ok kaayo!

  • Reply Renz November 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Does it cost more than when you go and line up? I wonder..
    Thanks for this!

  • Reply Charley's Mommy November 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I love online applications!! We got ours online too. 🙂

  • Reply Mhaan arambulo-delos santos November 22, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I did the same last June, nung May ata nila inimpliment yang online. i paid at bpi and headed to the nearest nbi branch. Pero pumila din ako ng mahaba at inabot ng buong hapon. As usual I have to come back kasi may HIT ako hehehe

  • Reply Lei November 22, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I haven’t gone to NBI for years. Good to hear that they have this option, it will shorten the time you spent in their agency. I will surely try this one if the need arises. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lady Anne Louise Barrun November 23, 2015 at 12:35 am

    I did this when I got hired and it really saves a lot of time for me. This post will really help others who are seeking for a job.

  • Reply Meikah Ybañez-Delid (@Meikah) November 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Oh wow, thank you for sharing this information. Very valuable! 🙂

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy November 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I haven’t tried this service yet. It would be nice though if they can deliver it via courier also as with NSO.

  • Reply Jem Alvarado (@esupermommy) December 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I recall getting my NBI clearance before. It was a lengthy process but the processing is a bit fast. I haven’t tried this online. Maybe it will be easier.

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen December 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I didn’t know you can now get NBI Clearance online now.It’s more convenient.

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac December 15, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I had to fall in line to claim my Nbi and it was quite long line. 🙁 And yes, i got a hit status and had to come back.

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