NBI Clearance Application Process


NBI is now implementing the NBI Biometric Clearance System, which involves the scanning of the ten fingers of clearance applicant. If the previous system of taking fingerprint impressions uses ink and is messy, the new system uses fingerprint scanner and will not leave any smudge on the fingers.

Since 2011, the NBI Clearance has now its own permanent site, the NBI Clearance building located at UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila.  It is within the Bureau’s Main Office premises at said place.  It is open from 6:00am to 5:00pm.

The regional and district offices, Local Government Units, and Ever Gotesco Malls are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Duty Free Phils. opens from 9:00am to 5:00pm (for Travel Abroad only) while Robinson Malls are open from 10:00am to 7:00pm.  All these processing centers are open from Mondays to Fridays except holidays.

How do we apply for NBI clearance under this new system?

– Go to the nearest NBI clearance outlet, the list of which will be enumerated below, and line up to get an application form. An application form may also be downloaded from here. Answer all the required personal data on the form.

– The requirements are two (2) valid Identification Cards, such as:

a) Valid passport

b) Voter’s ID

c) Driver’s License

d) PRC License



g) Postal ID

h) School ID


j) Philhealth ID

k) Authenticated Birth Certificate

l) Alien Certificate of Registration

m) Senior Citizen’s ID

n) Previous Copy of NBI Clearance

The steps are as follows:
a) Present the accomplished application form, together with two (2) valid ID’s, to the Data Check Counter, for checking, if data are complete and correct;
b) Pay for the corresponding clearance fee at the Payment Counter;
c) The data on the application form will be encoded at the Data Entry or Encoding Counter. A PC monitor is provided for the applicants to check any encoding error, thus, avoiding repayment on their part and complaint against the encoder;
d) Picture-taking or image capture and scanning of the applicant’s fingerprints (Biometric) will follow;
e) At the Image and Biometric Counter, name of applicant is automatically searched against the Name Database to check whether one has no or with namesake;
f) NBI clearance certificate of one who has no namesake will be printed at the Printing Counter and released on the same date of application;
g) Those with namesakes are verified against the Criminal History Database to check whether one has criminal record/s;
h) Those with namesakes are advised to proceed to the Releasing Counter located at the Ground Floor of the Clearance Building, on the release date written at the back of the Official Receipt;
i) Those found to have criminal records are advised to proceed to the Quality Control for interview. Interviewers will require an applicant to execute an Affidavit of Denial if he is not the offender and Court Clearance/Order if he is the offender.

How much do we pay for NBI clearance application?
– Clearance fee depends on the purpose of application such as the following:

A. Naturalization, Cancellation of Alien Certificate Of Registration (ACR) and Repatriation –  Php415.00

B. Business Requirement, Change of Name, Permit to Carry Firearms, Adoption, NFA, POEA, PRA, SEC Requirement – Php165.00

C. Travel Abroad, Visa Seaman, Local Employment, Other Requirement – Php115.00

NBI Clearance Outlet Address
a) NBI Clearance Center U. N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila
b) Quezon City Hall Makatarungan St. Diliman QC
c) Muntinlupa City Victory Shopping Center, Alabang
d) Mandaluyong City Hall Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City
e) SM SouthMall Alabang Zapote Rd, Las Pinas
f) Robinson’s Place Basement I Ermita, Manila
g) Robinson’s Otis Level 2 Guanzon St Paco, Mlah) Robinson’s Galleria Basement I Ortigas Ave QC
i) Robinson’s Metro East Level 4 Marcos Hi-way Pasig
j) Robinson’s Cainta Level 2 Junction Cainta, Rizal
k) Robinson’s Novaliches Novaliches QC
l) Ever Gotesco Recto 3rd Flr Cinema 3 Recto Ave, Mla
m)Ever Commonwealth 2nd Flr Cinema I Comm., QC
n) Duty Free Fiesta Mall N Aquino Ave Paranaque City

Outside Metro Manila (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao)
a) Marilao Municipal Hall Beside PNP Stn Marilao, Bulacan
b) Lipa City Hall Lipa City, Batangas
c) Rodriguez Mun Hall Rodriguez, Rizal
d) Calamba Mun Hall Calamba, Laguna
e) Robinson’s Tarlac Hacienda Luisita
f) Robinson’s Dasmarinas Dasmarinas, Cavite
g) Robinson’s Imus Imus, Cavite
h) Robinson’s Sta Rosa Sta Rosa, Laguna
i) CyberGate Cebu City
j) Tuburan Satellite Office Tuburan, Cebu
k) Tagbilaran Bohol Tagbilaran, Bohol
l) Bien Unido Bohol

NBI Regional and District Offices
1) Cordillera Administrative Region Baguio City
Region I
2) Ilocos Regional Office San Fernando, La Union
3) Dagupan District Office Dagupan City
4) Laoag District Office Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
5) Vigan District Office Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Region II
6) Cagayan Valley Reg Office Tuguegarao, Cagayan
7) Bayombong District Office Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
8) Isabela District Office Ilagan, Isabela

Region III
9) Central Luzon Reg Office San Fernando, Pampanga
10) Bulacan District Office Malolos City, Bulacan
11) Cabanatuan District Office Cabanatuan City, N Ecija
12) Olongapo District Office Olongapo City, Zambales
13) Tarlac District Office Tarlac City, Tarlac
Region IV-A
14) CaLaBaRZon Batangas City, Batangas
15) Cavite District Office Tagaytay City, Cavite
16) Lucena District Office Lucena City, Quezon
17) Laguna District Office Sta Rosa, Laguna
Region IV-B
18) MiMaRoPa Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
19) Puerto Princesa District Off Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Region V
20) Bicol Regional Office Naga City, Camarines Sur
21) Legaspi District Office Legaspi City, Albay
Region VI
22) Western Visayas Reg Office Iloilo City, Iloilo
23) Bacolod District Office Bacolod City, Negros Occ
Region VII
24) Central Visayas Reg. Office Cebu City, Cebu
25) Dumaguete District Office Dumaguete City, Negros Or
Region VIII
26) Eastern Visayas Reg Office Tacloban City, Leyte
27) Samar District Office Catbalogan City, SamarRegion IX
28) Western Mindanao Reg Off Zamboanga City
29) Dipolog District Office Dipolog City
30) Pagadian District Office Pagadian City
Region X
31) Northeastern Mindanao Cagayan de Oro City
Regional Office
32) Iligan District Office Iligan City
Region XI
33) Southeastern Mindanao Davao City
Regional Office
34) Tagum District Office Tagum City
Region XII
35) Central Mindanao Koronadal City
Regional Office
36) Saranggani District Office General Santos City
Region XIII
37) CARAGA Butuan City
Region XIV
38) ARMM Cotabato City

How do persons living abroad apply for NBI Clearance?
– Secure NBI clearance application form from the PhilippineEmbassy/Consulate in the country where applicant resides, else, ask a relative in the Philippines to send application form, which can be secured from the Office of the Identification and Records Division (IRD), 4th Floor, NBI Clearance Building, UN Ave., Manila.
– Accomplish the form and ask for assistance in taking your fingerprint impressions (rolled) and have it signed by the one who assisted in the fingerprinting. Attach one (1) 2×2 picture
in white background, photocopy of passport, photocopy of Identification Card/s and Authorization letter if a relative in the Philippines will submit the application in your behalf.
This relative will also be in-charge of sending you your NBI clearance certificate.

If you are sending the application to the Philippines thru mail or forwarders, address same to

Ms. Julie Macalit

Mailed Clearance Section, 2nd Floor NBI Clearance Building, U.N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila.

If you will send a check, it should be payable to the NBI Director in Philippine currency in the amount of two hundred pesos (P200.00) with drawee bank in the Philippines. If you will send cash, dollars are acceptable, the amount of which, is equivalent to two hundred pesos (P200.00). Your NBI clearance certificate will be mailed to you thru air mail.

NBI Clearance Online Application

There is also an NBI Clearance online application which the detailed process can be found here.

How about foreign nationals who need NBI clearance?
– Fill-out the NBI application form for foreigners (red Fingerprint Chart). You will also be required to fill-out the application form for the Biometric Clearance System. Indicate
on the application form your name that is reflected on your passport. Attach photocopy of your passport and Alien certificate of registration (ACR).
– Go through the steps of clearance processing, after which, submit application to the Alien Counter, where you will be fingerprinted for rolled impression.
– You will be advised when to claim for your NBI Clearance Certificate.

For more information and clarification:

– You can reach NBI at Telephone number 5261294 or at Trunkline 5238231 Local 5523, 5499 and 5502;
– Email NBI at nbiclearance@nbi.gov.ph;
– You can text your questions regarding online application andGCash Payment at 0917-5638052.

Source: NBI website (http://www.nbi.gov.ph/nbcs/FAQ.pdf)


20 thoughts on “NBI Clearance Application Process

  1. gud day…may i ask how much is being paid at Qatar embassy for stamping and for dataflow?…actually i have an agency and they let me pay all the expenses…which i know the employers obligation to pay….

  2. tnx mam…grabe agency they let me pay P9ooo.oo and another P11,000.00 for qatar embassy documents…tsk tsk…no choice…anyway tnx a lot po…u

  3. maam axk q nlng Poh kung mkukuha q p poh b nbi q nung march p poh aq nag aplly nun byad q n din poh,naitago q aman poh ung recibo eh

    • Try nyo na pong puntahan kasi walang notice ang NBI about sa disposal ng unclaimed clearance. Ang alam ko lang po ay sa DFA (90 days) at sa NSO (30 days).

  4. hi po.. what is the fastest, reliable & cheapest courier service you can suggest in shipping a document from Philippines to Doha, Qatar? If possible po sana, at least 2-3 days lang matanggap ko ba docs ko. thanks po.

      • Good morning po, Ma’am. Nagcanvass po ako ng courier service ctrs.. I opted to send it from Phils to Qatar thru DHL, though mas mahal pero mas mabilis po sya. The rest po kasi 4 days pa bago dumating dito less the customs clearance. thanks po for your prompt reply. More power!

  5. good afternoon.po.mam pwed po.ba.ako.makakuha.ng old nbi copy.ko.po…kahit send.nalang po dto philipine consulate h.k po magkano po…

  6. I would like to know if it is required to have the NBI clearance attested at the Qatar Embassy in Manila, Philippines before sending it back here to Doha. My representative in Manila have already completed the authentication at DFA in Manila.

  7. hi, may hit po ako hindi ko po nabalikan ang NBI CLEARNACE ko after 1 month na dapat ko sya maclaim pwede pa po ba makuha yon after more than a month na? Thanks

  8. hi tanong ko lng kngpdepa po maclaim ung nbi afer 4 mos of he day issued na nkalagay sa likod ng receipt. ty

    • check mo na lang po kasi wala formal announcement ang NBI kung gaano nila katagal iniingatan ang unclaimed clearances. Since sa DFA, 6 months ang palugit sa unclaimed passports, try mo na lang baka hindi pa na disposed.

  9. Hello My Fiance Needs the NBI Clearance that shows her 10 fingerprints not Just one fingerprint. She needs to mail it to the Hong Kong Police to get a police certificate. Can she get the 10 fingerprint NBI clearance at your office?

  10. Hello My Fiance Needs the NBI Clearance that shows her 10 fingerprints not Just one fingerprint. She needs to mail it to the Hong Kong Police to get a police certificate. Can she get the 10 fingerprint NBI clearance at your office?
    She will be going to your office in Dumaguete District office.

  11. my business partner required PH NBI Clearance Application Form earlier today and learned about an online platform with an online forms database . If others need to fill out PH NBI Clearance Application Form also , here’s a https://goo.gl/uJUQQ3

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