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How to Apply for NBI Clearance Online

NBI Clearance is a government-issued document that contains your personal details and an official assurance that you are a citizen of good standing. It is also a multi-purpose ID that you can use for various transactions.

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Here in the Philippines, anyone who has ever tried applying for a job, ventured on a business prospect, or gone through the tedious process of immigration was met with the obstacle of getting an NBI clearance. Without this golden piece of government-issued document, it would be impossible to get all these errands done. The NBI application itself is an arduous process, so read further to know what it is and for what other purposes it serves.

What is an NBI clearance?

NBI stands for the National Bureau of Investigation, and it is the local counterpart of the United States’ FBI. An NBI clearance is an official assurance that you are a citizen in good standing and does not have criminal records in the Philippines.

The NBI clearance contains your name, address, place of birth, date of birth, date of issuance, and purpose for requesting it. It has a validity period of only one year from the date of issuance, so chances are you will have to apply for it multiple times in your lifetime.

An NBI clearance is also a multi-purpose ID that bears the statement “Issued for whatever legal purpose,” which means you no longer have to specify the purpose of using the NBI clearance.

The NBI clearance application used to take hours of waiting at the queue in their satellite offices. Since the introduction of the NBI online application system in 2015 however, people can now book appointments – making the process much more convenient. NBI has since then stopped accepting walk-in registrations.

What is an NBI clearance for?

  1. Proof of identity – your NBI clearance can be used as an identification card for government transactions: 
    • Applying for a business permit
    • SSS membership
    • Securing your driver’s license, marriage license, professional license, and firearm license
    • Enlistment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police
    • Adoption
    • Taking the civil service exam
  2. To make changes in legal documents – your NBI Clearance can be used as a valid ID to help rectify errors in your birth or marriage certificate in name or gender
  3. Local employment – this is the most common use of NBI clearance. Many companies require you to get an NBI Clearance to prove that you don’t have any serious crimes or violations before they accept you as an employee.
  4. Travel abroad – your NBI clearance has a lot of international uses:
    • Immigration
    • Visa Applications
    • International Travel

Here are a few handy reminders:

  • To apply for an NBI clearance online, you will be asked to enter the name of the two valid IDs you’ll bring on the day of your NBI clearance appointment: your primary ID and your other valid ID which you will bring for verification purposes.
  • Company ID, Student ID, Barangay Clearance, and other non-government issued IDs will not be accepted.
  • Your valid IDs would have to be government-issued, original (not photocopied), and in good condition (bearing legible texts and your recent, recognizable photo) for it to be deemed authentic.
  • For NBI clearance renewal, those issued in 2014 onwards should bring one valid government-issued ID and a copy of their previous clearance.
  • For fresh graduates and first-time job seekers, present at least one valid ID as well as a Barangay Certificate showing proof of residence for at least 6 months. To get an NBI clearance free for fresh graduates/first-time job seeker, click here.

NBI Clearance Cebu outlets

In Cebu, you can book your NBI clearance appointment in the following NBI clearance centres:

  • Robinsons Galleria Cebu
  • Robinsons Cybergate
  • Shopwise Mambaling
  • NBI Clearance Satellite Offices – one in V. Padriga Street Cebu City, one in Island Central Mall, Lapu-lapu City, and one in Insular Square Mall in Mandaue City
  • Central Visayas Capitol Site (CERVO)
  • Enan Chiong Activity Center (Naga City)
  • Old Municipal Hall (Bogo City)
  • Sands Gateway Arcade (Danao City)

How to apply for NBI Clearance

1.Go to the NBI Clearance eServices website.

Once the Data Privacy Content popup box appears, click the “I AGREE” button below.
Once the Advisory popup box appears, click “CLOSE”.

nbi website

2. State your purpose for getting a clearance.

For first time jobseekers: click the link on the yellow box to proceed.

For those with existing NBI clearance from 2014 to present and want to renew, tick the YES box. Fill out the necessary information.
If not, tick NO.

3. Fill out all the necessary information to register your account.

When done, tick the box that says “Read and Accept Terms of Services”. Verify your identity next by marking the “I’m not a robot” box.

Click the SIGN UP button.

4. You will receive a one-time password (OTP). Enter the digits, and click SUBMIT.

5. Log in to your account using the details you entered earlier.

6. Enter all the needed details in the application form.

When done, click the Save Information button. A popup box will appear, click SUBMIT below the box.

7. On the top right corner of your screen, click the APPLY FOR CLEARANCE button.

8. A confirmation popup box will appear asking you to choose an ID type and its number.

Enter the details of the ID you will be bringing with you on your appointment day for verification. After, click the I AGREE button.

An Important Reminder popup box will appear, click CLOSE.

9. Set up your appointment.

Choose an NBI branch and a date for your appointment from their drop down menu.

Tip: Bring two IDs on the day to be sure.

10. Pay the NBI Clearance Application fee.

You can use the following optons:

A Payment popup box will appear, click PROCEED.

Another popup box will appear, click PROCEED TO PAYMENT.

11. Take note of your Reference Number.

This will be issued to you once the payment goes through. Check your email for confirmation of the transaction, and wait for your appointment day.

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