How to apply NBI Clearance Online
Updated: January 11, 2015
NBI Clearance has become an important part of our lives. A few years ago, we had only one way to obtain a copy of the Clearance but everything changes for the better. Our Government, through the National Bureau of Investigation opened the opportunity for its applicants to for an online application which makes the entire process more efficient.
The big problem with the manual processing of NBI Clearance is that it is too slow (a perfect venue for Red Tape). The majority of the applicants is ranting about the long queue lines and it’s driving them crazy!
NBI Clearance can be easily done online and skip a few steps of the old manual way. It also eliminates the manual filling out of application forms since it can be done online. No more long queue lines. No more wasted time waiting for your turn. The NBI clearance online application eliminates 3 steps of the process, namely: Data Verification, Payment to the Cashier and Filling out the Application Form!
The only disadvantage or draw back from the new system is it delays you for a day because of the Scheduling Task as to when to visit your selected NBI Clearance Outlet where you process your online application.
Let’s start our NBI Clearance Application journey.
In this tutorial, I assume you are a first time user and you don’t have an NBI Clearance account.
1. NBI Clearance Online Application Website
2. Fill up the registration form
After arriving at the NBI Clearance Online Application Website, Fill up the “First Timer or New Applicant Application Form. You can see it in the images below.
Make sure to input your correct Email address because the NBI Clearance website will be sending you email instructions on the payment process. Assign a strong password and (please) don’t forget it.
Correctly fill out the information needed. Once completed, tick the “I ACCEPT TERM OF SERVICE” and click the “Sign up” Button. After clicking the Sign up button, a window will prompt. You have the option to read it or just skip it by clicking the “I Agree” button.
The page will direct you to the next page of the application form. This time, additional information is needed. Again, fill this out correctly, then click the “SAVE INFORMATION” button to save your Application Information.
You’re done with your NBI CLEARANCE Application Form. You may EDIT your NBI Clearance Application form if you find an erroneous information by clicking the “EDIT INFORMATION” button.
If you’re satisfied with your NBI Clearance Application form, click the “APPLY FOR CLEARANCE” button to proceed to the next step. The buttons for APPLY FOR CLEARANCE and EDIT INFORMATION can be found in the upper right portion of the screen.
After clicking the button, a window will appear asking your NBI Clearance Application Type. You just have to select from the drop down if this is a NEW application or RENEWAL. After assigning the Application Type, write the Valid ID that you will be presenting when you will process your NBI Clearance. This is a requirement before they accept your NBI Clearance Application. You may see the list of the valid ids accepted in NBI Clearance.
Click the I Agree button after completing the fields required.
After submitting your Application Type and Presented ID for NBI Clearance. An important reminder will be shown.
Please read it!
“Your REGISTRATION CODE or REFERENCE NUMBER will be provided after you select your PAYMENT OPTION.
Your REFERENCE NUMBER shall be your GATE PASS when you enter NBI Clearance Centers.
To avoid inconvenience and long lines, please pay your NBI CLEARANCE FEE using your REFERENCE NUMBER at the selected PAYMENT OPTION. If you wish to pay over-the-counter at NBI, please bring your unpaid REFERENCE NUMBER for auto-encoding.
After reading the important reminder, press the “OKAY” button.
3. Schedule an Appointment for your NBI Clearance
After you successfully filled out your NBI Clearance Application form, you must schedule an appointment with NBI Clearance. This way, you can select the date when you will be processing your NBI Clearance. I believe that this method is copied from Philippine Passport processing wherein you need to wait for your scheduled time and day before processing your Passport.
Going back to the tutorial, select the NBI Clearance Branch where you want to process your NBI Clearance. In my case, I prefer the NBI Clearance Main located on Taft Avenue. Just select the name of the NBI Branch from the drop down list.
Then after selecting the NBI Clearance branch, choose the date and time (AM or PM) when you want to process your NBI Clearance. For this example, I chose January 30, 2015. You can schedule your NBI Clearance Application processing in the future (ex. 2 months from now) for your convenience.
After scheduling your appointment with NBI Clearance, Click on the Purpose of your NBI Clearance Application. There’s only two purpose in the list, that is for LOCAL and ABROAD.
Next is to provide the PURPOSE DETAIL. Select the NBI Clearance purpose, according to your needs. In this example, I’m selecting the “LOCAL EMPLOYMENT” because I need an NBI Clearance for my Employment.
Notice now, after selecting the Purpose and Purpose detail of your NBI Clearance, the amount will automatically appear. Take note that this amount is not yet final because there are service fees to be charged when you pay outside of NBI Clearance Office.
This means, if you pay your NBI Clearance in the Bank (whether Online or Over the counter), using GCASH, Globe Payment Centers or Bayad centers, they will be charging you additional service fees.
NBI Clearance Fees – How much do we need to pay?
Applicants must pay the exact amount of NBI Clearance Fees according to their purpose of application.
You don’t have to worry about the prices, it will automatically appear when you select the purpose of your application.
But for the purpose of your reference, you can see the list of NBI Clearance Prices according to their purposes.
|NBI Clearance for Abroad Purposes|
|Travel Central America||115.00|
|Travel Diego Garcia||115.00|
|Travel Hong Kong||115.00|
|Travel Middle East||115.00|
|Travel New Zealand||115.00|
|Travel North America||115.00|
|Travel Papua New Guinea||115.00|
|Travel South America||115.00|
|VISA New Zealand||115.00|
|NBI Clearance for Local Purposes|
|Cancellation of ACR||415.00|
|Change of Gender||115.00|
|Change of Name||165.00|
|Correction of Birthdate||115.00|
|Permit to Carry Firearms||165.00|
|Special Investor Residence Visa||165.00|
4. NBI Clearance Payment Methods
As an NBI Clearance Applicant, you have five (5) options how you can pay your NBI Clearance. These are through:
- Banks (Over the Counter)
- Banks (Online)
- Mobile (Payment through GCASH)
- Bayad Centers
- Pay directly to NBI Clearance Branch
For Over the Counter Payment in Banks – you need to go to accredited banks such as BDO, Metrobank, BPI, Landbank, RCBC, Chinabank, Eastwest bank, Union Bank, Security Bank, PNB, DBP and others to pay your NBI Clearance. In this type of Payment method for NBI Clearance, a service fee will be charged to your NBI Clearance. The amount varies from P40 to P100 depending on the Bank where you are transacting.
For Bank Online Payment – you can pay online using your Online Banking app such as BDO Internet Banking, BPI Express Online, Chinabank Online, Metrobank Direct, RCBC Access one, Unionbank EON/Internet Banking & UCPB Connect. Just like over the counter payment, a service fee will be charged to your NBI Clearance. The amount varies from P40 to P100 depending on the Bank where you are transacting.
Mobile Payment – you can also pay in any Globe Business Centers, Globelines Payment and Services Centers or any GCASH Outlets. A service fee will be charged accordingly.
Bayad Centers – you can proceed and pay to any BAYAD CENTER outlets or to their partners like LBC, Robinsons, eBiz. A service fee will be charged accordingly.
Going back to the tutorial, click on the payment method you prefer. For this scenario, I will pay my NBI Clearance using the BANK OVER THE COUNTER method.
This window will appear, please read it carefully and click PROCEED TO PAYMENT button.
After clicking the Proceed to payment button, this will redirect you to the payment DragonPay Online Payment System, In the source, choose BPI Over the Counter Bills Payment then click the SELECT button.
A reference number and final amount that you need to pay will be shown. They will also send an email instruction on how to pay your NBI Clearance using BPI Banks.
Here’s an example of the email instruction:
Please read their email instruction to guide you in paying your NBI Clearance in BPI.
NBI Clearance Transaction Confirmation
After paying your NBI Clearance in BPI, make sure that you have your deposit slips.
Now, go back to the NBI Clearance Online application and log in to your account using your registered email address and password.
Then go to Transactions (can be found at the left side of your screen). This will show your recent NBI Clearance Transaction and its status. In this scenario, my recent transaction is still unpaid since I haven’t paid it yet. To confirm the payment, click the “[Confirm Payment]” link.
The Confirm Payment Link will open a new window (image below). This will require you to fill out the necessary details of your deposit such as the branch code which can be found in the deposit slip, the date and time and the amount that you deposited. Once done, click confirm.
Process your NBI Clearance
You may now process your NBI Clearance in their NBI Clerance Office.
Some useful advice:
- Bring Two (2) Valid Identification Cards.
- Make sure to follow the appropriate dress code allowed in the NBI Clearance Outlets so that they will let you in without any problem.
- Bring the printed NBI Clearance Application Reference code, the one you filled out in the NBI Clearance Website. Make sure that the QR code is included in your printout.
- OR, if you don’t have a print out of the NBI Clearance Online Application form, just make sure that you copied the Registration Code and present it there.
When you arrive in the gate of NBI Main, or any of its satellite offices, don’t waste your time. Ask an NBI Personnel currently stationed to assist the NBI Clearance Applicants right away. Ask them that you are an NBI Clearance ONLINE applicant. He or she will give you some directions where to proceed so listen carefully.
Have your picture taken then the Biometrics will be the next step. The two steps will be too easy for you, right? No need for a thorough explanation for this! :)
The last step would be the issuance of your NBI Clearance. This is where you go to the printing facilities of NBI Clearance and receive your fresh-from-the-printer NBI Clearance!
Congratulations! You just successfully applied for your NBI Clearance! Do you have anything to say to us? Let us know in the comments!