I dreaded the idea of applying for an NBI Clearance when I learned that I needed a copy late last year.
Lining up in Quiapo-Carriedo for almost half of the day and going home with ink stained fingers clutching a piece of paper with my by then mukha-nang-may-criminal-record mug would always be my NBI Clearance memory.
I quickly asked around, “NBI Application is now online, right?”
And as it turned out, it is!
Applicants would just need to register through www.nbi-clearance.com/.
To manage the number of applicants per satellite offices, NBI now strictly implements a ‘No Appointment, No Entry’ policy.
Upon signing up, you’ll be asked to fill out the application form with your correct personal information.
You’ll then need to set a 6 digit PIN and then indicate the ID(s) you’ll bring upon application.
A prompt will pop up reminding you how important the registration code/reference number is (so take note of it).
Then select the NBI branch and available appointment date nearest/most convenient for you. You also need to choose the Purpose of your request for an NBI clearance.
Most common reason would be for local employment or ID purposes and this costs Php 115.
To complete the transaction, you’ll need to choose your preferred payment option.
Please note that there’s additional Php25 service fee for the e-payment. Further instructions will be given depending on the payment option you chose.
NOTE: You also have the option to pay on the NBI branch you selected. No service fees however expect queues of people who like you chose to pay onsite.
- You can then print your transaction details though it’s not required. What’s important is that you take note of it since it will be your gate pass when you enter the NBI Clearance center.
Lastly, show up on your appointment day at the center you selected with your reference number and 2 valid IDs.
Easy peasy, right?
I chose the NBI Clearance center at Starmall – Alabang since it’s the one nearest our place. The mall opens at 10:00 AM but you can pass through the basement parking since the center itself opens at 7:30 AM. I went there on a Monday at around noon and there’s already queues of applicants there before me.
TIP: Dress appropriately. Those who were in shorts and slippers were not allowed inside the office.
Despite the number of people waiting, it was organized and the line was moving at a steady pace. Once you’re inside, there’s AC and chairs so it’s comfortable naman. My information was verified (to see if there’s any incorrectly entered details) and my photo and fingerprints taken. The whole process took less than 2 hours to finish.
It was so systematic and fast.
Unfortunately, I got a HIT ( first time this happened) and was asked to come back after 5 business days. I called their hotline number (below) after 2 days to check if my clearance is ready and it was! So it pays to be makulit minsan mga bes haha.
Sidenote: I was actually surprised that somebody answered their hotline number, unlike that of SSS’ when I tried to follow up on my SSS ID.
Overall, my experience with the new electronic NBI Clearance application process is way more efficient and way less stressful compared to my last. How about yours?