DISCLAIMER: I am not connected to NBI or any of their employees. I am sharing my experience in order to help others save themselves from the hassle of doing the whole process in any of the NBI offices.
Whenever I think of application for government-issued forms, clearances, IDs, etc., the first thing that comes into mind is the loooooong line in the government agency. It may take you the whole day to finish processing your application, or worse you have to come back the next day to finish the process. This is not the case with the NBI clearance, or at least in my case.
I finished getting my NBI clearance a while ago and I can attest that applying online will save you from
stress, hassle, and long lines. Let me share the things I did to get my NBI clearance. 😉 By the way, there is also a PDF file for this which can be found here.
1) There are two ways of paying for the NBI Clearance — either through GCash or Pinoy Pera Padala. I was more familiar with GCash so I opted for this mode of payment. For GCash, one method of doing this is paying the clearance fee with the “cash” in your GCash wallet. The other method (which was the one I did) is to go to any Globe business center then pay through the cashier. I did my transaction at the Globe business center in TriNoma. Since my purpose for getting an NBI clearance is for local employment, I paid P140. By the way, there is an additional fee of 20 pesos for each transaction done in Globe business centers.
2) After paying, you will be given a receipt which contains the date of your payment and the reference number. These two details are needed when you validate your payment online. The Globe personnel was kind enough to mark the reference number in my receipt so that I would be able to spot it easily.
3) Upon accessing the Internet, go to this website where you will be asked to do the following: type your e-mail address; choose how you paid for the clearance; type the reference number and date of payment; choose the purpose for getting an NBI clearance; and type the alphanumeric codes at the last part of the page. After doing this, click the VALIDATE button.
4) A few personal details will be asked from you, which includes your full name and date of birth. MAKE SURE that all of the details you will place there are SPELLED CORRECTLY. After clicking the “next” (or I think it was an “ok”) button, you will NOT be able to
edit those details. Read each detail three times just to make sure everything is correct. What happens if you misspelled or entered the wrong information? You will have to PAY AGAIN since this was your mistake and not of any NBI employee. In other words, you would have wasted P140, if ever.
5) After another click of an “OK” button, you will have to fill up a few more personal details. You can edit this any time you want. After submitting the details, a QR code will be generated and given to you. You have to PRINT this to serve as the proof of your successful online application. An e-mail will also be sent to you, which contains the QR code.
6) You can now book an appointment via text/SMS in this format:
BOOK <space> Ref# <space> LocationCode <space> MMDDYYYY <space> HHMM <space> Name
Then SEND your text to 0917-563-8054.
- Ref# is the reference # from your GCash or PPP transaction.
- LocationCode refers to the NBI clearance outlet which you find as most convenient for you to go to. Find the nearest NBI clearance outlet to you by clicking here.
- MMDDYYYY and HHMM refers to your preferred date and time for getting your NBI clearance. You must input military time (e.g., “0700” for 7AM, “1600” for 4PM).
I did steps 1 to 5 yesterday (April 1) so I had my appointment booked for today (April 2) at 2PM. The outlet I chose was Robinsons Galleria since this is the only outlet nearest to my home. Upon sending my request for appointment, I immediately received a text confirming my request, including a confirmation number.
7) I went to Robinsons Galleria this afternoon to get my clearance. DON’T FORGET TO BRING A VALID ID, by the way. I was not surprised to see long lines there. At the outlet, there are 4 steps to follow in order to get an NBI clearance. I skipped steps 1 to 2 since I already did them online. I went to step 3 and the NBI employee in this counter asked me to write in my QR code printout the type of valid ID I brought, ID number, my work/occupation, nickname, and cell phone number.
8) After this, my QR code was scanned to confirm my transaction for the clearance. Biometrics and picture taking followed this. The NBI employee told me to wait for my name to be called. Waiting time is estimated to be twenty minutes. I decided to just wait there instead of walking around the mall. I actually waited for just ten minutes before I got my NBI clearance. While waiting, I kept on praying that there would be no “hits” for my name. If ever you have a namesake, you will be asked to come back at a specified date. I suppose they will check to make sure that you are not the person in their database who has a case or whatsoever. Anyway, my prayer was answered so I got my NBI clearance today.
I highly recommend applying for an NBI clearance online! You only have to spend less than thirty minutes at the NBI outlet to get your clearance. Goodbye to stressful long lines! 🙂