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NBI Clearance (Philippines) in less than 30min

In a small but lovely country called Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance is a requirement in order to get a job. This being essential in every application, you should expect a long line in every NBI satellite office, but do not be alarm, the office created a website where you can file your Authorization request and skip the old, “Fill-up” the form line. These steps applies for New and Renewal applicants, just select the correct drop down option.

*I renewed my NBI clearance today and I was really surprised how fast it is now as compared to last year. Want to know how I got my NBI clearance in less than 30 min?, that being said I have the actual paper and I don’t have to return after a week or so.

Step 1: Register to NBI Clearance website or online application and be SURE that all information you type in correct. (

NBI Reg 1

Step 2: Once registered, you’ll have to select your application type: New or Renew and the type of ID you will be presenting at the office (Driver’s License, PRC, Old NBI clearance, SSS/TIN, Passport).

NBI Reg 2

Step 3: Branch or satellite office selection (where you will be going to get your clearance) and mode of Payment. Upon selection of the NBI branch, a calendar with number of slots available on AM (morning) and PM (afternoon) in a certain date should appear, since as we know each satellite office only process a total of 1,000 applicants each day.

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Bonus: They also let you know if the office is on a holiday like the one in the pic 🙂 *Clap Clap*

Step 4: In this step we all have our chosen convenience. Mine happened to be over-the-counter at BDO (and this is also the same case with BPI OTC service, i have not tried other mode of payment yet). NOTE: Info highlighted in yellow are the info you need so BDO/BPI will accept your payment and incircled in blue is the reference number the NBI office will need.

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Step 5: After making the deposit or payment you may visit the NBI office (within the validity date). in my case I went immediately after I made the payment. Here’s my time stamp.

2:41 PM – BDO payment (this varies on the number of people, i was lucky no one was their)
2:43 PM – Cross the street and head to Ali Mall NBI satellite office.
2:48 PM – Get a number slash in line (My number was 375, and they were calling 265)
2:56 PM – My number was called, I showed them my PRC ID, reference number, BDO deposit slip, verify the information you encoded online, took my picture, finger print scan and the actual NBI Clearance.
3:00 PM – I was done. Yey!

Tip: Registering more than once might cause you to get a “HIT” thus causing you delay. This is just my opinion, since last year I registered twice and was tagged with a “HIT” , that didn’t happen this time 🙂


-The list of valid IDs accepted by NBI Clearance Outlet are:

  • Valid passport
  • Voter’s ID
  • Driver’s License
  • PRC License
  • SSS ID
  • School ID
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID
  • Philhealth ID
  • NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Senior Citizen
  • Previous Copy of NBI Clearance
  • Postal ID

– NBI Satellite office caters 200 Online applicants, 200 Priority applicants (Elderly, Persons with Disability, Etc.) and 600 Walk-in Applicants per day (Total of 1,000 Applicants).

– Foreign Nationals: Same process online, for walk-ins, Fill-out  the NBI application form for foreigners (red Fingerprint Chart). Attach photocopy of your passport and Alien certificate of registration (ACR). I’m not a foreign national, information’s is based on the Guards announcements from the office.And I suggest you visit the main office.

– Kudos to NBI office for making a great improvement! 


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