Two Ways to Apply for NBI Clearance

This article will give you the two ways on how to apply for your NBI clearance. Getting a clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is an official assurance that you have no criminal cases filed against you in the Philippines. It is an important document that is needed in applying for a job, starting a business, working or studying abroad. You can also use it as an official document in applying for PRC Licensure Examinations or Civil Service Exam.

As you can see in the sample NBI clearance below, it contains your name, address, place of birth, date of birth, date of issuance, and purpose for requesting it. The validity is only for 6 months to 1 year.

Sample NBI Clearance

Two Ways on How to Apply for NBI Clearance

1. Via Online Registration

Register and sign up for an account on line at (you will automatically be redirected to After registration, copy and bring the electronically produced Reference No. to the NBI Branch you chose together with your valid IDs and proof of payment (Read: List of Valid IDs in the Philippines | Primary and Secondary). Watch the video below for the step by step guide in online registration.

2. Using an Expired NBI Clearance Issued in 2014 to Present Only

For renewal purposes with expired clearance certificate issued 2014 to present, just bring the original copy plus valid IDs. No need to register online for an appointment. No need to register online if there is no changes to your data in your old clearance.

But if you will need to make changes or edit the data in your old clearance for example like say Civil Status, new address, etc., you must register and renew online and access your account to edit changes and must bring the Reference No. to the NBI Branch.

NBI Public Advisory

The PUBLIC is hereby advised that effective 12 March 2018, the NBI will be charging a fee of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY PESOS (Php130.00) per clearance certificate from the original ONE HUNDRED FIFTEEN PESOS (Php115.00) to comply with Documentary Stamp Tax (DST) rate adjustment.

This is pursuant to Republic Act No. 10963, otherwise known as the “Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law” and Revenue Regulations No. 4-2018 issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Source: NBI Bicol Regional Office (Posted in Facebook last April 21, 2018)


  1. I dont think this is true…. a lot of times i bring my old nbi when renewing but still i was told that i have to return because there is a record with the same name without validating other data like date birth, name of parents, photo or other data such as record of previous clearance. A lot of time and opportunities is wasted, due to this inefficiencies.

  2. Paano po mag renew ng NBI?? didiretso nlng ba ako sa office nila? How much po babayaran ko? Kapag po ba dati na WITH HIT ako kaya naghintay ako 1 week, pati po ba sa renewal mghihintay parin ako ng 1 week? Thanks

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