How to Apply NBI Clearance Online for 2019: Updated Step-by-Step Helpful Guide

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Getting a clearance from the National Bureau of Immigration (NBI) is an official assurance that you have no criminal cases filed against you in the Philippines. NBI clearance is an important document to have when you apply for a job, want start a business, or if even you want to work or study abroad.

NBI Clearance Online Application and Registration, Easy to Follow Step-by-Step Guide

The NBI clearance contains your name, address, place of birth, date of birth, date of issuance, and purpose for requesting it. It is only valid for 6 months to 1 year, which makes a lot of sense. While unlikely, there’s always a slim possibility that one could get tangled up in a criminal case.

Getting an NBI clearance used to take hours of waiting in line – but not anymore. A few years ago, NBI implemented an online application system for booking appointments, which makes the whole process a lot more easy and very convenient.

In previous years, getting a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance requires you to go to your nearest NBI office and to wait in a very long line. With many government transactions going the Internet route, you can now apply for an NBI clearance online.

Last year, the NBI implemented the “no appointment, no entry” policy for NBI clearance applications and registrations. All NBI clearance applicants are advised to register online and set their appointment date in advance. No appointment will be available on the date of application.

NBI online registration can now be done through the NBI website. This means that you no longer have to endure long queues unlike in the past. You can apply for a new NBI clearance online using a computer and then pay the registration fee afterward.

NBI Clearance Online Application 2019: Step by Step Helpful Procedure

To apply for an NBI Clearance online, you need to register an account using NBI’s website. Dont worry, it’s free and there’s nothing you need to pay. This step is only about creating an account and entering all the necessary information needed to process your NBI Clearance.

Follow these easy NBI online registration and NBI clearance application steps:

Step 1: First, Go to the NBI Clearance website application page at https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph.

Step 2: Register a new account by checking the NO box next to “Do you have an old NBI clearance?” Fill up the form carefully to avoid any mistakes. Click the SIGN UP button. (Important Note: Do not forget your password, remember it cause you will need it to sign in to the system.) In case if you forgot your password, you can always recover by simply clicking on the “Forgot Password?” link on the log-in form.

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Step 3: Fill up the NBI online application form as honestly and accurately as possible. Just enter all the information needed and make sure to double check the accuracy of every information you entered. After that, click the SAVE INFORMATION button.

nbi online form

Step 4: Click the APPLY FOR CLEARANCE button. If you want to change or edit your applicant information or if you find something wrong with the information you entered, don’t panic. You can simply hit “Edit Information” button to edit information and make changes.


Step 5: Enter your valid ID on the popup box. Click the I Agree button. (Important Note: Bring this ID during your appointment.)

If you’re not aware what identification card to bring, here’s a list of valid IDs for your NBI Clearance Online application:
  • Voter’s ID
  • SSS ID
  • PRC License
  • Passport
  • Postal ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS UMID
  • School ID
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Philhealth
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID
  • NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Senior Citizen Card
Just move to the requirements section of that page and you will be able to see what IDs are acceptable.

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Step 6: You will then be presented with an important reminder, either in English or Tagalog. Click the Close button.

nbi reminder

Step 7: Select the NBI branch where you want your NBI clearance to be processed using the drop-down box. You can either type or scroll until you see the NBI branch you’re looking for. Then choose your appointment date (vacant slots are colored blue). A confirmation of your appointment schedule will appear on the right side of the page.

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Step 8: Click any of the payment options available, such as bank over-the-counter, online bank, Bayad Center, MultiPay, ECPay, and 7-Eleven. A payment reminder will pop up. Click the Proceed button. (In this example, I selected Bayad Center.)


Step 9: A transaction summary will pop up or will be shown on screen. Click on the Proceed to Payment button.

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Step 10: Your reference number will then be shown. Use this reference number upon paying.

nbi reference number

Step 11: Click the Transactions link on the upper left side of the screen to view your transaction.


After payment, make sure to check your email for the payment confirmation. When your payment is verified, the status of your application will change from Pending to Paid. A Details button will appear on the right side.

paid nbi clearance

Click that button and click the Print Application Form button to print the NBI clearance application form. Bring this application form to the NBI branch on the date of your appointment.

Important Note: It’s no longer necessary to print your application form. You can simply list down your reference number on a piece of paper or just screenshot it using your mobile phone or tablet.

nbi paid final step

That’s it guys! You’re now ready to claim your NBI clearance. Just don’t forget to bring your printed application form or reference number and a valid ID. Wear a decent, proper dress to avoid any hassles.

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